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What can i do to get rid of dark circles under my eyes?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Find the cause: Dark circles under eyes are often called allergic shiners. Chronic nasal congestions can make this worse..Allergies often cause this. Some folks do have dark circles, without causes. Also, poor sleep can contribute. Thus, treat the allergies if you have such, or any cause of nasal congestion. Sleep well. A little make-up cover will help.. Check with your doc.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Superficial blood: In additin to allergies dark circles can be caused by superficial blood supply or hyper pigmentation. A medium vi peel can lighten dark under eye circles safely in one week. It is ok for any color of skin. An alternative is a q switched md yag laser with no downtime.
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Pray: Injections/fillers/laser/blepharoplasty.
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. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Makeup or cosmetics: Difficult problem to solve. May use cosmetics. Cosmetic surgery may be an option. Also, make certain you are getting sufficient rest and sleep. Good luck...
Dr. Norman Meyer
Ophthalmology 51 years experience
Usually, none: Get thyroid test. Do you have significant allergies/ then, look at family photos- is this hereditary?
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Dark Circles: Circles under eye can be due to: allergy "allergic shiners", fatigue, genetic variation, aging. Lower lid skin is very thin so blood vessels under skin can make area look dark. Various topical remedies try to help but only mask the condition with no cure. What helps: drink 8 cups water/day, sunblock, hat, enough rest; avoid rubbing; makeup; facial plastic surgery when severe; allergist can help.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Depends how long: they have been dark circles. If for a long time, it can be permanent hyperpigmentation. If short, then you need to look at your diet and see what you are allergic too subclinically to foods causing this venous congestion creating dark circles. Talk with your eye doctor about this, and see a food allergist too.
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Dark circles: Under the eyes are difficult to irradicate completely. They're usually associated with eye fatigue or aging changes of the lids. There are some creams and lasers which sometimes help but not consistently. Discuss this with an ophthalmologist or dermatologist.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Dark Circles: Circles under eye can be from:allergy "allergic shiners", fatigue, genetics, aging. Lower lid skin is very thin so blood vessels under skin can make area look dark. Topical creams/fillers can help hide circles: only mask condition. What helps: 8 cups water/day, sunblock, hat, enough rest; avoid rubbing; makeup; facial plastic surgery when severe; allergist helps. See Eyedoc2020.blogspot.com
Dr. Neil Notaroberto
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Allergy symptoms: Capillary leakage from histamine release due to allergies cause the swelling. With chronic capillary permeability, red blood cells leak and stain the skin leaving a darker pigmented appearance. If your treatments are not working then seeing an allergist for definitive treatment should be your next step.
Dr. Nazhat Sharma
Ophthalmology 58 years experience
Dark circle eyes: Difficult dilemma but very common ! Get good night sleep, drink plent of fluids, Less alcohol and smoking. Refer to my previous response to a similar question
Dr. Pierre Guibor
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
Cosmetics: Covermark cosmetics makes product for such purposes. You might consider cosmetic blepharoplasty by your local Oculoplastic surgeon
Dr. David Satloff
Pain Management 40 years experience
See dermatologist: dark circles usually due to food allergen or inadequate sleep. The most common food allergen to cause dark circles is a dairy allergy.

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