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Get Rid of Skin Bags Under Eyes: What Causes Skin To Inflame?

Updated on April 23, 2014

Studies show that at some point in life people will experience bags under the eyes. The condition may be ongoing or can appear overnight depending upon the cause. Discovering natural methods to treat and prevent them, not only will give you a healthier appearance, but can eliminate health issues at the root of the problem.

The skin under the eyes is very thin and somewhat transparent. When the eyes become inflamed they appear to have dark bags under them. Conditions such as sinus infections, allergies and colds which promote itchy eyes, can lead to baggy eyes due to inflammation caused by rubbing and scratching the skin. People susceptible to hay fever develop this condition at the height of allergy season. Food allergies can make these bags even darker.

Certain medications may aggravate the condition if they cause blood vessels to dilate because of the increase in size and blood flow through the veins underneath the skin. Pregnancy, lack of sleep and menstruation can cause the skin to become more pale, making eye bags more bold in appearance. Nutrient deficiency, especially iron, or an unbalanced diet can also be a cause of this darkened appearance. Aging causes these bags to darken because as we get older, collagen in the skin decreases, resulting in thinner, more transparent skin.

Protecting the eyes from the harmful rays of the sun can help prevent darkening around the eyes. It’s important to always wear healthy sunscreen protection when exposed to the sun to avoid skin damage and skin weakening. Vitamin K has been useful in healing bruises and it is believed that when applied topically as a cream it helps diminish dark circles. Vitamin C strengthens bloods vessel walls making them less vulnerable to inflammation.

Foods such as onions, blueberries, cranberries, black currants, parsley, bilberries, legumes and green and black tea contain antioxidants that may help strengthen blood vessels.

An unhealthy diet is associated with insomnia. Insomnia leads to pale skin causing a greater contrast between the skin and dark bags under the eyes. Foods that are processed, contain large amounts of caffeine, hydrogenated oils, sugar and alcohol should be removed from the diet. Raw fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) such as carrots, leafy greens, cucumbers contain essential cleansing nutrients like vitamin A for healthy eyes, B Complex for deeper, more satisfying sleep and vitamin c for stronger blood vessels.

Cool cucumbers tighten pores, moisturize skin, and reduce puffiness. They should be put on closed eyes for about 15 minutes. Several herbs are effective in treating eye bags. Eyebright is known to strengthen the connective tissue around the eye. Golden seal has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Gotu kola(Cetella) helps reduce puffiness and promotes collagen growth. Witch hazel reduces bruising and inflammation under the eyes when applied topically. Aesin is an algae that promotes elasticity of the skin and prevents the breakdown of collagen.

There are several causes for bags under the eyes. Targeting all areas is the key to treating and preventing the condition. Eating a healthy, balanced diet, avoiding unhealthy foods, using proper sun protection and getting plenty of rest will not only treat the problem but will help to eliminate any undetected health issues in the body.


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    • jessicab profile image

      jessicab 6 years ago from Alabama

      I have very bad bags under my eyes and nothing seems to work. I used witch hazel and everything. Great hub.

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      I agree with you, it can be caused by an unhealthy diet. Pretty neat, you decided to write on this subject. Great Hub!

    • Amber Allen profile image

      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      A hub full of practical tips for a common problem. Well done! Amber:)

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      good hub. I heard cooled teabags help too. So you can drink the green tea then use the teabag 1/2 hour later.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      This is a good article with a lot of information. It's nice to treat little cosmetic problems in a natural way. Good hub.

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      stevemark122000 7 years ago from Southern California


      Feel free to add the link.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      A good healthy diet and plenty of sleep certainly helps

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great, let me know if you'd mind if I link this to my spa facial hubs! Thanks and Peace :)

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      girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

      Great hub! I find that proper rest, a healthy diet, lots of water and cucumber slices on my eyelids a few times a week works wonders. When I focus on these areas, I barely need any under-eye concealer!

      I would like to add that ladies should take great care in choosing their under-eye makeup/concealer. Some can make the circles worse overtime because of the low quality ingredients. I use products that effectively repair the tissue, hydrate and conceal all at once. A $5 make-up concealer stick from Rite-Aid just covers the issue and again, can make it worse.

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      Sky321 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Good tips and information. I always just use make-up. LOL