Dark Under-Eye Wrinkles & Milia

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Minimize the appearance of milia and under-eye wrinkles.
Minimize the appearance of milia and under-eye wrinkles. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Eyes are the windows to the soul. Aging, stress and skin problems can damage the under-eye area. Milia -- small white bumps trapped under the surface of the skin -- can develop at any age and can appear worse when coupled with dark under-eye wrinkles. Milia in babies usually goes away on its own; however, adults might need to consult a dermatologist. Understand milia and under-eye wrinkles and what you can do to make the skin under your eyes appear youthful, bright, and smooth.

Causes

According to Mayo Clinic, lifestyle factors including emotional stress, chronic alcohol use and smoking are causes of dark under-eye wrinkles. Other causes can be thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen as you age, which makes vessels under your eyes appear more obvious. Genetics and sun damage play a role in under-eye wrinkles and milia. Skin that doesn't exfoliate itself properly or becomes rough and leathery from sun damage are two leading causes of milia.

Stress is one of the causes of dark under-eye wrinkles.
Stress is one of the causes of dark under-eye wrinkles. (Image: Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Treatment

Milia can be removed by a dermatologist using a needle, chemical peel or electrical current. Needles remove the contents inside the cysts. According to Jordana Gilman, M.D., electrical currents remove the top layer of skin over the milia and destroy it. Dermatologists report that there is no cream for milia. However, sufferers of dark under-eye wrinkles can improve their appearance with over-the-counter treatments containing green tea and vitamin C to lighten the areas. Sunblock and a hydrating moisturizer should be worn year round to protect the skin and ward off wrinkles.

Visit a dermatologist to treat your skin concerns.
Visit a dermatologist to treat your skin concerns. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Relation Between Wrinkles and Milia

According to an article in Oprah magazine, using rich creams around your eyes can clog pores and cause milia to develop. Rich hydrating creams are recommended to hydrate the under-eye area to combat wrinkles and dark wrinkles. Sufferers of dark under-eye wrinkles should look to improve their appearance with over-the-counter treatments containing green tea and vitamin C to lighten the areas without clogging pores. Sunblock and a hydrating moisturizer should be worn year round to protect the skin and ward off wrinkles and protect the skin.

There is a link between milia and under-eye wrinkles.
There is a link between milia and under-eye wrinkles. (Image: Marili Forastieri/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Prevention

There is little you can do to prevent milia. Keeping the skin under your eyes hydrated can prevent dark under-eye wrinkles. However, avoid rich or greasy pore-clogging cleansers and moisturizers. Instead, look for gel-based versions that will congest the skin less. Over-the-counter treatments containing retinol can be used to lightly exfoliate the skin to aid in preventing milia. To hydrate the area under your eyes apply cream lightly or opt for lighter versions.

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