Dark Circles

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What are Dark Circles?

Dark circles under the eyes occur because the skin under the eyes is typically the thinnest of the whole body. This thinness results in increased transparency of the blood vessels underneath, which tend to be a darker, bluish color.

Causes of Dark Circles

  • Genetics: If your parents or grandparents had dark circles around their eyes there is a good chance you do too
  • Conditions like sinusitis, rhinitis, Addison's disease, pituitary tumors, thyroid disorders and Cushing's syndrome
  • Due to the use of photosensitizing drugs based on arsenic, phenothiazines or hydantoin
  • Fatigue, insomnia, and cigarettes further aggravate dark circles
  • Treatment for Dark Circles

    Dark circles cannot be erased completely, but you may reduce their appearance in several ways:

  • Vitamin A, D, and B Creams
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Treating conditions like sinusitis and others listed above
  • A balances diet with exercise
  • Reducing sodium intake
  • Abstaining from alcohol, drugs, and tobacco use
  • More information on home remedies for dark circles.

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