Dark Circles, Under Eye Bags, and How to Get Rid of Them

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What characteristics encourage a happy and successful life?

No doubt that confidence is at the top of that list.

Knowledge is power when it comes to improving your appearance and gaining more self-confidence. If dark circles or under eye bags are negatively affecting your self-esteem, you are in the right place. This article will help you learn about dark circles and under eye bags, what causes them, and how you can get rid of them.

What are Dark Circles and Under Eye Bags?

Dark circles are a pigmentation problem. They can appear under your eyes due to constricted blood vessels. Hyperpigmentation produces a darker tone on the skin around the eyes. Dark circles under the eyes often tend to look purplish, bluish, dark brownish, or black depending on the skin color. 

Causes of Dark Circles and Under Eye Bags 

What are the leading causes of dark circles under the eyes? Individuals often relate dark circles due to tiredness, lack of sleep, allergies, and the natural aging process. 

Although the circles may be deemed harmless or rarely a cause of concern for some individuals, others may wish to reduce the appearance of dark circles.

In some cases, under eye bags are related to health-related issues, and require medical attention to stave off serious future repercussions. In other cases, under eye bags or dark circles are entirely normal. 

Bags under the eyes may signify: 

  • Anemia caused by a lack of iron 
  • Dehydration
  • Hyperpigmentation caused by the production of too much melanin 
  • Frequent rubbing of the eyes due to fatigue, allergy, or lack of sleep
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Dermatitis 
  • Genetics

It may be wise to get a thorough check-up to better understand the leading cause of your under eye bags or dark circles so the best remedy can be applied.

Prevention and Treatment Mechanisms for Under Eye Circles

There are several home remedies that may significantly reduce and even completely eradicate dark circles under. Such remedies include:


It is advisable to ensure that you get seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. To ensure quality sleep:

  1. Avoid too much stress, or de-stress with meditation or reading a book before going to bed.
  2. Before bed, wash your face, remove makeup, and apply moisturizing lotion to prevent dehydration and damage from cosmetics chemicals.
  3. Raise your head using an extra pillow to increase blood circulation and reduce swelling around the eyes. 
  • Cold Compresses. Having dilated blood vessels increases the chance of dark circles under the eyes. Using a cold compress allows the blood vessels to constrict, thus significantly reducing the appearance of dark circles.
  • Use Tea Bags. The caffeine in tea bags has the antioxidant properties essential to stimulating blood circulation around the eyes. Boil two tea bags and then freeze them for a few minutes — this will produce a cooling effect on the eyes. Rest each bag to each eye for 10-15 minutes. 

Other than the home remedies, there are medical treatments applicable as well, including:

  • Topical Vitamin C. Creams, lotions and serums with at least 10% Vitamin C have yielded significant lightening results. The lotion effectively lightens darkness under the eyes. 
  • Chemical Peels. Some of the chemical peels containing alpha-hydroxy acids and glycolic acid can improve the skin, especially when applied generously under the eyes. You can utilize a combination of chemical peels and topical creams to get better results. 
  • Skin Lightening Creams. Skin lightening creams (also known as bleaching creams) can reduce hyperpigmentation. However, caution is required as such creams have many side effects and often require continuous use to maintain the lighter skin tone. 

The most effective under eye treatments include under eye filler and tear trough treatments. These procedures should only be done by the best experts, but can make a long-lasting change in your appearance. If you’re concerned about choosing the right professional for your filler injections, take a look at this article for some help on getting started.

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