Under Eye Circle
What is the cause of under eye circles?

Dark circles under the eyes are not just the pigmentation but it can have different causes:

  • Family history of dark circles
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Disrupted sleep cycle/lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Allergy
  • Smoking
  • Iron deficiency
  • Crying
  • Ageing
  • Periorbital edema
  • Shadowing due to laxity of skin
  • Excessive use of cosmetics
Which age group is usually affected?

This problem can affect almost any age group from teenagers to elderly.

It can be seen in teenagers due to lack of sleep and excessive use of electronic gadgets like tablets, smartphones and television.

Under eye circles are also be seen in young adults due to stress, lack of proper diet and altered sleep cycles

It is seen in elderly people because of the sagging under eye skin and due to collagen breakdown due to ageing.

Is there any gender predilection for this condition?

Under eye circles are not gender dependent, perhaps typically seen above 16 years of age. Regardless of gender, having thin skin below the eyes can make the pigment stand out more prominently and this is one of the reasons for its increased occurrence.

Things to Know

A stressful life, inadequate water intake, lack of nutrients in diet, lack of sleep, being awake late night, excessive use of electronics, can aggravate this condition. It is important to take proper rest & take out time from your busy schedule and start doing some meditation.

The skin just below the eyes is comparatively thinner and that is why extremely delicate. So a good hydration and some home remedies definitely help in curing under eye circle:

  • Cold cucumber slices : as it contains anti oxidants that can reduce the puffiness around the eyes.
  • Potato: Potato has natural bleaching properties due to which its juice helps in reducing the tired looks of the eyes.
  • Aloe vera: an effective moisturiser and anti inflammatory properties helps this product to hydrate the area and provide a clean look

Other products like rose water, whole milk, almond oil etc. are also helpful in treating under eye circles.

We advice you to consult a dermatologist before doing anything.

Yes genetics play an important role in under eye circles. It is generally a familial trait, which you inherit.
Under eye circles do respond to medicines to an extent, but as the area is lacking good blood supply so the use of medicines should be combined with physical treatments as well to achieve desirable results. Although medicines alone have proved to be very beneficial in some cases but in long standing cases of under eye circles , it would require the help of procedural treatments.

Satya Skin Clinic has a variety of suggestions and treatments to offer for dark circles. We have been treating under eye circle patients for almost two decades now with a very high satisfaction rate. It is usually a combination of lifestyle changes, medicines and some procedural treatment in most of the cases. Every treatment plan is tailored according to individual patient’s needs. Some of the treatments are mentioned here:-

1. Yoga and meditation – Yoga and meditation work wonders to relieve stress and refresh the body. It relaxes you and gives absolute peace of mind. When stress is relieved, the dark circles under the eyes respond and fade out.

2. Medications – The medicines are given after finding the cause of your dark circles. These may include vitamin & iron supplement and anti-oxidants orally. For local application, creams with active ingredients which lighten pigment and make the skin firm, are prescribed.

3. Peels: In mild cases, peels give a good result as they have a skin rejuvenating and firming effect. Usually we use yellow peel, phenol peel, mandelic peel or sometimes glycolic peel in the indication, depending upon the case.

4. Scarlite™ Laser: Scarlite™ involves the usage of fractional laser beams which are divided into treatment zones targeting a single fraction of skin at a time. Ablative treatments focus on the epidermis but fractional laser works on both the dermis and the epidermis to stimulate dermal collagen and reduce hyperpigmentation. Intensive treatment to this delicate area of the face is most effectively executed by the Scarlite™ laser. This treatment eventually helps the skin by increasing the amount of collagen and also improves blood circulation.

5. Under eye PRP: One of the most effective non-surgical treatments ever developed is the under-eye PRP. Platelet rich plasma has the capacity to create new cells, firm the skin, smooth skin texture and eliminate hyperpigmentation – hence, its usage for obliteration of dark circles under the eye.

  • Laser Facial:- Intense pulsed light therapy or IPL, treatment is one the safest treatments which has got no downtime and gives wonderful results in this particular condition. Very often we combine IPL or Laser Facial in the treatment of under eye circles.
  • Nd yag q switched laser is also one of the effective treatments for treating under eye circles. We prefer using the fractional mode for this treatment which is very safe as compared to the continuous mode. This treatment works on PICO technology and is one of the latest innovations in the field of aesthetics.
  • Carbon facial:- This treatment helps in removing the dirt particles and pigment from the skin and quite commonly combined with other treatments to achieve optimal results.
  • Dermal fillers: carbon facial, ND yag q switched laser, microdermabrasion. Before you choose one it’s important to determine the cause.

All the above mentioned treatments are very beneficial and it is done according to the need of the patient. Sometimes the treatments can be combined together to give best results to the patients.

All the treatments done for under eye circles are safe and US FDA approved. These treatments help in improving blood circulation beneath the eyes and stimulates new collagen production. This helps in reducing the pigment around the eyes and gradually under eyes starts looking more hydrated and fresh.
As there are different treatments available for under eye circles, one can get it done after the age of 18 years. The treatments are safe and certified by the dermatologists.
There are no side effects of the treatment as these treatment helps in new collagen synthesis and improves blood circulation.
Use of sunscreen is very important to avoid post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. A good SPF sunscreen should be applied at least twice in a day after the procedure. If dryness persists then use of moisturiser is advisable.

Patients having:

  • Pigmentation under the eyes
  • Patients with under eye bags and
  • Under eye dark circles
Ageing is an ongoing process. These treatments help in new collagen formation and helps in reducing the secretions of melanocytes. After taking a series of these treatments improvement is significantly visible beneath the eyes. So leaving these treatments will not get back the condition but due to ageing new changes might be seen later on.
These treatments which are done to cure under eye circles are safe and are not related to any season. One should follow the post op instructions given by the doctor. Take care regarding the application of sunscreen and moisturiser.
A prior consultation is required with the dermatologist to understand the need of the treatment. Medicines work hand in hand with the procedural treatments. Selection of the right treatment according to your needs is very much necessary. Knowing the downtime of the individual treatment and its outcome is equally important. After a thorough consultation , patient can opt for the treatment and can get it done after taking a prior appointment as per his/her availability.

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