Caring for your eyes



Dark circles under eyes are a common beauty problem. The skin below our eyes is very thin and is sparsely dotted with oil glands unlike the skin on rest of the body. Due to various reasons the skin under the eyes becomes thin and dry. Veins below eyes appear prominently when the under eye skin becomes dry and thin causing the dark circles.

What causes dark circles under eyes?

There are various reasons which cause dark circles. Few of them have been listed below.


If others in your family have dark circles then there are fair chances of you getting dark circles under eyes. The thinness of under eye skin is a hereditary character. The thin under eye skin reveals dark veins underneath and appears as dark circles under eyes. If you are more prone to allergies like itching of skin which is inherited then dark circles under eyes may be caused due to rubbing and inflammation of under eye skin.

Lack of Sleep and Fatigue

Partying all night, lack of sleep, fatigue sinus infections, pregnancy all these may cause paleness of skin. Pale skin makes blood vessels to appear prominently and give an appearance of dark circles.

Exposure to Sunlight

Exposure to sun light increases the level of pigmentation and cause tanning. Same thing applies well for the skin under eyes. When skin under eyes gets exposed to sun it tans and appears dark.


Medications which cause dilation of blood vessels cause dark circles under eyes. Dilated blood vessels allow more blood to flow through them and these blood vessels look prominent through under eye skin which is very thin.


Poor nutrition leads to paleness of skin under eyes. Lack of essential nutrients in diet or poor diet causes discoloration of under eye skin.

Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal Imbalance during pregnancy, menstruation, menopause etc cause paleness of skin and this leads to appearance of dark circles under eyes.

Tips for Dark eye Circles

How to get rid of dark circle under eyes is the question that arises in your mind when you are suffering from under eye dark circles. Here are solutions for under eye dark circles:

  • Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach or peels to make the dark circles around eyes light.
  • Sleep for sufficiently long hours to prevent formation of dark circles under eyes.
  • Do not scratch the under eye skin.
  • Lightly tap the under eye skin with one or two fingers to increase blood circulation.

Home remedies for Dark circles under eye

  • Grate cucumber and squeeze fresh juice out of gratings. Dip two cotton balls in it and keep these cotton balls on eyes. This relaxes eyes and relieves tiredness of eyes.
  • Apply a paste of lemon juice, tomato puree, orange lentil flour (masoor dal ) and turmeric powder (if you are not allergic to it) on under eye dark circles. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off.
  • Drink plenty of water (more than 15 glasses) and include fresh fruits, green vegetables which are rich in fiber in your diet.
  • Reduce stress levels by practicing yoga and meditation. Pranayama reduces dark circles and increases glow of skin. Sleep for at least 7 – 8 hours in a day.

This post was originally written by Dr. Savitha Suri Vaidya for Extracts of the original post has been published with permission.


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