What are the main causes for dark-under eye circles?

by Ally on October 29, 2011

What makes you look old? Surprisingly, it may not be the wrinkles or gray hair, but those dark circles you often see under your eyes. Dark circles under eyes usually aren’t a sign of exhaustion or serious illness, though they can make you feel old, tired and unhealthy. Dark circles under eyes affect both women and men, usually starting in adulthood, although children can also develop dark circles under eyes.

A variety of uncommon and common factors can influence or cause the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Sun exposure may cause darkening of the skin by raising the level of melanin. Pregnancy, menstruation, fatigue, lack of sleep and sickness make your skin pale, which in turn emphasizes your dark circles making them more noticeable. Allergies cause dark circles first by histamine reactions causing dark smudges to appear under the eyes. Allergies cause the eyes to feel itchy that a tendency to rub the eyes cannot be controlled and the skin around the eyes makes dark circles even darker.

Dark circles get worse as we grow old. As we age, the skin of our faces becomes thinner. Thinner skin allows the discoloration of dark circles to be seen more easily, and dark circles become much more obvious.In some rare cases, lack of vitamins can cause dark circles under the eyes. Though uncommon, if you’re not eating a healthy balanced diet, you can be a candidate for dark circles. Many of us suffer from dark circles under the eyes. These black rings make us look exhausted and ill. They are very obvious and annoying. They are difficult to cover up and even harder to get rid of. There are numerous causes why dark circles under eyes appear and even more things that make them worse. Some factors are inevitable though — like age and ill health — but all can be easily treated and prevented.

The primary cause of dark circles is heredity. Like so many genetic elements such as color of the eye, skin tone which makes dark circles more dramatic, curly or straight hair, predisposition for dark circles is inherited. Maybe it’s about time you observe your whole family. You may be surprised to learn that all of you may have dark circles under eyes! The genes associated with dark circles are actually causing weakened capillaries in the skin around your eyes, inherited including transparency of the skin and can make dark circles appear more dramatic.

Did you know that nine out of ten individuals suffer from dark circles under the eyes? These black rings make us look sick and exhausted. Though harmless, they are annoying especially when people take notice of the obvious and you can never have peace of mind. They are difficult to cover up and even harder to get rid of. Needless to say, the only way to prevent dark circles forming under the eyes is to eat healthy, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, sleep well, reduce stress and combat fatigue. When dark circles do occur, start reading all over again.

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