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what causes dark circles under the eyes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Gold
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Thin skin: The skin of the lower eyelids is the thinnest skin of the body and the dark circles are just seeing your own capillary blood supply through the skin. They frequently are a familial trait. There is no known effective treatment.
Dr. Victor Bello
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Dark Circles: These circles, also called chloasma is a discoloration or pigment concentration usually under the lower lid, but be anywhere on the face, can be caused by simple familial resemblance. In the acquired types, birth control pill, hormone therapy, sun exposure are among the most common. I ophthalmology it is seen in pts receiving glaucoma drops called prostaglandin analogs (xalatan, lumigan, travatan).
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Common problem: The skin is thin in that area and if there is extra weight on your body or gravity has been especially hard on you, the skin can thin out a little and the veins underneath can given an appearance of darkness. Heredity plays a role as well. If these are prominent, especially with under eye bags, then an oculoplastic surgeon should be consulted for evaluation and management.

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Will drug use cause dark circles under eyes?

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Dr. Robert Bahr
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Glaucoma drops can.: Lumigan, travatan-z, and latanaprost glaucoma drops can cause dark discolarization of the skin of the lower lid.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What causes dark circles under the eyes, and any remedies?

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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
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Allergy and genetics: Dark circles are due to the thin skin under the eyes that can let blood vessels show through as the dark circles. Allergy can make this worse. Treat any allergy problems and try cool soaks to the lids.
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What causes dark circles around the eyes?

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Dr. John McMahan
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Dark Circles: Allergies are the most common cause of this - sinusitis can also cause dark circles. See your doctor for help.
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What causes dark circles to form under the eyes?

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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology 50 years experience
Multiple: This can be metabolic, sinus, allergy, auto-immune disease or heredity. This also can be from multiple reasons. This needs medical evaluation to insure that there is not something treatable.
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Chronic pot use and insomnia can also cause this.
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Depression commonly causes this.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Which physically/chemically causes dark circles under your eyes?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Vasodilation of: vessels/veins, congestion of lymphatic fluid usually from subclinical delayed response food sensitivity or allergens casing also mile lower lid buldging. Also too much dietary salt, tomato based foods can add to this. Thru your skin it appears dark, but it's the way the vessels appear under skin.

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