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    Dark Circles

    Dark Circles Under the Eyes

    This condition is a common problem for many people, both male and female. Those with light skin can be more susceptible, as light skin shows the accumulated of blood collecting under the lids. Allergic conditions, vascular problems, hormone imbalance, loss of elasticity, and eating habits can all affect the level of darkness and puffiness seen in the lower lids.

    Causes of Dark Circles

    Many health problems, like elevated blood pressure, detachment of the retinas, diabetes, thyroid disorders, and other eye problems can cause dark circles to appear. Many of these conditions also affect vision, so an exam with an ophthalmologist may be necessary before seeking any treatment for the dark circles. Some additional causes of circles under the eyes include:

    - Food allergies, particularly to dairy
    - kidney disease
    - rubbing the eyes too much
    - loss of fatty tissue under the eyes, associated with aging
    - heart and vascular problems
    - fatigue
    - damage from UV rays
    - substance abuse
    - lack of adequate rest

    How Can I Get Rid of Dark Circles

    The easiest solution is to cover up the areas with makeup. This is a simple fix for those who may not be getting enough rest. Other solutions include using moisturizers containing vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin C. There are many home remedies that are beloved to be effective in removal of under eye circles. Most of the home remedies focus on relieving the pooled blood from the areas.

    Physicians with experience in cosmetic treatments or skin specialists may suggest using fillers, such as Radiesse or Juvederm, to fill in the depressions under the eyes. Fat which has been removed from elsewhere on the body can be injected into the area. Other remedies include:

    1. Intense pulse later treatment: This removes the pigmentation, by destroying the melanin in the area.

    2. Blepharoplasty: this is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and tighten the skin under the eyes. Surgery can correct severely drooping lower lids, to keep the whites of the lower eyes from showing.

    3. Lightening and exfoliating: some products can remove dead skin cells, along with dark spots, leaving a smooth, clear appearance. This can also improve circulation and eliminate the blood pooling that causes the dark appearance. Lightening the area usually involves using a bleaching product and can take several treatments to get the desired results.

    4. Skin tightening through surgery: Pulling the skin taught through surgery eliminates the areas where blood may accumulate. Lifting the lower lids is another surgical option that will help eliminate dark under eye circles.

    5. Laser resurfacing: This procedure reduces dark spots by changing the skins surface. It will help reduce lines and help generate new skin cells, for a healthier look that will refresh the area under the eyes.

    6. Chemical peel: This procedure will refresh the area, by removing the outer layer of skin and slowing the production of melanin.

    7. Mesotherapy: A procedure that cuts down on the amount of fat deposited under the eyes and lightens the skin. Usually results are seen in four to six treatments.

    8. Hyaluronic acid: The application of this substance on the lower lids and cheeks addresses swelling and helps dark spots fade. It can be an effective nonsurgical treatment, for those who want something less invasive and involved.

    9. Vitamin K treatment: Vitamin K helps shrink swelling and increase circulation, to produce clearer, healthier looking skin. It can be used in pill form or as a cream. Changing the diet to include more green, leafy vegetables can also help. Vegetables like spinach, asparagus, okra, and avocados are high in vitamin K and can help, if consumed regularly. It also encourages blood clotting, so vessels under the eyes are less likely to burst, which can cause blood to accumulate.

    10. Coolaser treatment: The new procedure offered by Epione Center works for people with light or dark skin. A laser targets the pigments and breaks them up into smaller fragments, so they can be eliminated by the body. This type of treatment also stimulates the growth of collagen, which is responsible for healing process. Treatments take a mere 20 minutes, which makes them convenient. Fillers may be used to create a smoother look under the eyes, after the coolaser treatment.

    Home Remedies for Dark Eye Circles

    There are several home remedies to reduce the darkening and swelling of lower eyelids. One solution is to place slices of cucumber over eye eye. Cucumber can reduce puffiness and lighten the skin. Raw, grated potatoes can provide a similar effect, when the juice from grated potatoes is applied to lower lids, by using soaked cotton balls. Cotton balls soaked in rose water, tomato juice, lemon juice, or almond oil can lighten the areas and reduce swelling. Turmeric mixed with tomato paste can lighten the skin. Crushed peppermint leaves or peppermint oil on cotton balls can cool the skin and shrink swelling under the eyes.

    Creams for Dark Circles

    Creams that are effective in reducing swelling and darkness under the eyes can nourish the skin at the same time. Products with Retinol and essential vitamins help encourage overall skin health. Healthier, stronger skin can prevent dark spots, as it may be less likely to sag or stretch. Many creams on the market can target specific areas and can combat the harmful effects of UV rays. Many of these products can be used on other parts of the body as well. Epione makes several products designed for use on the under eye area, which can be used by both men and women.

    Dark Circle Treatments for Men

    Men don’t have the option of hiding dark circles with makeup or concealers. They can undergo many of the surgical or laser treatments available. But, a change in lifestyle, such as eating healthier, getting plenty of rest, and using moisturizers under the eyes regularly can help.

    For both men and women, there are additional steps that can be taken to reduce swelling and darkness under the eyes. They include:

    1. Treating allergies: Using an over the counter or prescription allergy medication like an antihistamine can reduce irritated eyes, and thus, any swelling that may accompany irritation.

    2. Lifestyle changes: Reducing alcohol consumption and eliminating smoking can lower blood pressure, which can reduce swelling under the eyes.

    3. Cold compresses: For temporary swelling and darkness below the eyes, cold compresses can be helpful. Refrigerated moisturizers, ice packs, and cold almond oil are some ways to apply compresses to reduce inflammation. Any cold pack that reduces swelling will work, as long as it is applied for an adequate length of time.

    4. Controlling the effects of skin diseases: Those who suffer from acne, eczema, or psoriasis can help reduce the darkness under eyes, by reducing skin irritation in these areas. Skin irritation leads to redness and swelling, which can cause discoloration.

    5. Getting enough rest: Getting plenty of sleep can help eliminate dark circles and puffiness. The skin has time to rejuvenate, as eye fatigue is eliminated. Sleeping with a cool gel mask can make the skin under the eyes look even better.