Dark circles

Common causes of Dark circles are:

  1. Fatigue – sleeping very late, not getting adequate sleep can all cause dark circles.
  2. Eye strain – watching Television or staring into screens for long times cause significant stress on eyes.
  3. Dehydration – lack of water in our body sometimes manifests as sunken eyes. It may cause the area beneath the eyes to look dark.
  4. Unprotected exposure of sun – not covering oneself or not using sunscreen creams, may cause excessive melanin production, thus causing the area around the eyes to look darker than they actually are.
  5. Allergies – cause one to rub eyes recurrently and cause the area around the eyes to become dry and discoloured and may appear as dark.
  6. Hereditary factors and certain other inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema can cause dark circles.

Here are some tips that can help in preventing and dealing with dark circles-

  1. Make sure to have a good quality sleep – it means sleep early on a regular basis and have at least 6-7 hours of sleep.
  2. If you already have dark circles, applying cold compresses under your eyes such as by applying cucumber or potato slices on eyes can help in soothing the irritation caused by allergies and help in reducing dark circles.
  3. Applying cold tea bags to your eyes can improve their appearance. Tea contains caffeine and antioxidants that can help stimulate blood circulation.
  4. Sometimes, when dark circles are too stubborn, concealing them with makeup can help.
  5. Use eye protection in the form of anti-glare eyeglasses if and when long hours of work on screen are to be done and sunglasses when going out.
  6. Applying a sunscreen that suits you before going out in the sun is advisable.
  7. If none of the above are helpful, talking to dermatologist is important.

Dr.Afroze Fatima












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