Dark circles and under-eye bags are prevalent cosmetic conditions that affect women and men. For some, these marks are temporary. For others, discoloration and swelling are a persistent problem. Thankfully, you can usually correct these issues to reveal a healthier, younger, and more rested appearance.
Below, you’ll learn about common causes of under-eye darkness and puffiness, proven in-office treatments, and effective at-home remedies. For individual recommendations, please call 786-618-5039 to schedule a consultation with sought-after Miami physician Dr. Shaun Patel. Miami Skin and Vein serves Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.
Dark Circles: Causes and Treatments
Dark circles are the shadowy half-moon shapes that appear below the lower eyelids. People tend to assume that dark circles are exclusively caused by fatigue. In reality, there are many different issues that can contribute to dark circles.
Common causes of dark circles include:
- Volume loss: Age-related volume loss under the eyes creates a hollow area that can cast a shadow. We perceive this shadow as a dark circle even when there is no issue with skin discoloration. The solution is to inject a filler like Restylane® into the under-eye area or tear trough. This method restores volume and smoothes out the area, removing the shadow.
- Hyperpigmentation: Some people experience a darkening of the skin under the eye due to genetics, sun damage, or other factors. Since this pigmentation issue is not caused by a volume deficiency, filling in the area with injectables will not resolve the problem.
Often, the answer is a good skin care regime that includes an eye cream. Other options include bleaching creams, retinol, and chemical peels. These treatments have all been proven to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Additionally, certain laser treatments may help fade the discoloration.
- Swelling: Under-eye swelling can cast a shadow that looks like a dark circle. Generally, swelling in this area is caused by an underlying medical condition such as thyroid disease or allergies. In those cases, the solution is to treat the medical condition. High salt and alcohol intake can also contribute to the appearance of swelling and therefore you should consider reducing your consumption.
Under-Eye Bags: Causes and Treatments
"Under-eye bags" is the common term for any swelling or puffiness below the eyes. As mentioned above, swelling may be caused by medical conditions or diet.
A condition known as a fat herniation is also commonly mistaken for simple swelling. This occurs when intraorbital fat pops out of place and bulges beneath the skin. The only true fix for this concern is surgery, though that approach is not right for everyone. In some cases, filler is appropriate to smooth the eyelid cheek junction so the fat is not so prominent.
It’s surprisingly easy to confuse dark circles with under-eye bags, and vice versa. If you are unsure what specific concern you are dealing with, schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel. He will examine your under-eye area and help ascertain your issue.
Skin Care Products for Dark Circles and Eye Bags
In-office treatments are a great way to improve the appearance of your under-eyes. However, professional-grade at-home products are also an excellent approach. These products can be used alone or in conjunction with the effective services at Miami Skin & Vein.
These products can easily be incorporated into your daily skin routine to improve under-eye concerns:
- ALASTIN Skincare’s Restorative Eye Treatment
At-Home Remedies for Under-eye Concerns
There are numerous DIY treatments on the internet that claim to correct dark circles and eye bags. Some of these options are ineffective at best or incredibly irritating at worst. However, there are a few trusted at-home methods that can offer temporary improvement.
To reduce swelling, consider applying caffeine to your under-eye area. Caffeine can help stimulate circulation, shrink blood vessels, and minimize liquid retention.
For an easy, low maintenance fix, you can look for an eye cream that contains caffeine. For a cheaper solution, try applying tea bags under your eyes. Boost the effectiveness of this option by putting wet tea bags in the freezer for a few minutes before resting them over closed eyes.
If you suspect that your diet may be contributing to swelling, make adjustments. Reducing your salt and alcohol intake can significantly improve the appearance of under-eye puffiness.
To camouflage dark circles, apply a high-quality concealer with good coverage. A concealer with salmon undertones can help color correct blue or purple discoloration below the eyes.
You may still want to use under-eye concealer after receiving professional dark circle treatments. However, many patients find that they use less concealer than before and they feel more comfortable leaving the house without makeup.
Schedule Your Dark Circle Consultation in Miami
Learn more about your specific under-eye issue and the appropriate treatment options during an in-person consultation. Arrange your initial visit with Dr. Patel by calling 786-618-5039. Miami Skin and Vein serves Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.