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How to Get Rid of Black Under Eyes Circles

Updated on August 24, 2013
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The black under eyes circles are typically the result of your skin getting thinner and revealing the small blood vessels or even the orbital bone just below the skin. Generally, this is just a part of aging, but there can be some more serious issues at work. Either way, if you are bothered by the shadows on your face, here is how to get rid of black under eyes circles. Most of these tips work for both men and women.

Treat the Cause: The Reasons Why You Have Dark Circles Under the Eyes

  • Make a doctor’s appointment to address and treat your allergies, nasal congestion, or other more serious health conditions of which dark eye circles may be a symptom. Allergy medication and/or nightly use of a Neti pot may improve your under eye color.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Reduce or stop your alcohol consumption.
  • Wear sunscreen daily.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Stop rubbing your eyes or face.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Drink more water.
  • Eat healthy.

If heredity and/or age are more likely the cause, then you may want to consider some additional treatment options. You can treat dark circles at home, use cosmetics or see the help of a plastic surgeon to learn how to get rid of dark circles under eyes.

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes Naturally

Anything Cold – You’ve seen the pictures of women lying down with cucumbers on her eyes. It’s true that this will help reduce the bags and some of the dark coloring. But it’s the cold temperature, not the cucumbers, that is doing this. Ice packs, cold tea bags, and any froze bags of veggies will do the trick just as well. Leave the cold item on your eye for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Herbal and Kitchen Remedies – You can find the internet full of natural herbal and kitchen remedies for pastes, creams, and oil claiming to reduce eye bags and shadows. These will include ingredients such as tomato juice, lemon juice, and/or turmeric powder. Almond oil or crushed mint are also said to help. Many of these will work as they do help puff up the eye just as a cosmetic under the eye cream will. However, as with the cosmetics, they can cause irritation especially if you get them in your eye. Be sure not to use ingredients that you know you are allergic to when trying natural home recipes.

Eye Cream for Dark Circles

Most cosmetic companies now have a line of products to treat the dark under eye circles. Prices can range from cheap to quite expensive for a small bottle of cream. All work by using ingredients that plump up the skin. With the skin away from the blood vessels underneath, there is less shadowing under the eye to see.

Under Eye Makeup

With the use of eye cream for dark circles and the right concealers, your makeup routine can do a good job of hiding the unwanted shadows. First use the under eye cream, followed by a concealer specifically for under the eye. The color of the under eye concealer is important – it needs to be a shade lighter than you would normally wear as this will brighten the area and combat the dark shadowing. Then finish with your regular foundation and power. If your foundation does not have a sunscreen in it, then make sunscreen the first step in your makeup routine every day.

Tear Trough Under Eye Implants

Tear trough implants are silicone-based implants that get inserted surgically under the eye. Think of them as under eye fillers. These push out the skin under the eye hiding the dark circles. They will also improve the look of wrinkles and bags under the eye. However this is more of a risky solution to get rid of dark circles under the eye, as it does involve surgery which has inherent risks and will result in some temporary bruising and selling of the face. In some cases the implant has moved, however newer surgical techniques where it gets screwed into the bone have reduced this complication. This is a permanent solution assuming you don’t have any complications for the implant.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

Intense pulse light treatments work best if the skin is not thin, but rather pigmented giving you the shadows. This procedure lightens the pigment of your skin. It takes several treatments to see a difference and can cost about $1000.

Dermal Filler

This is when a plastic surgeon injects a filler, such as collagen or even fat, under the eye to smooth and puff it out. As an injection, these tend to have fewer risks than surgical procedures. However there are still risks that include, scaring, allergic reaction, and infection. Depending on how many treatments you need this can be a cheap few hundred dollars or several thousand dollars. It is also a temporary solution that only lasts a few months.

There's not one way or best method for removing dark circles under the eyes. You may need to use a combination of these to get the results you are looking for.

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