In my last post we talked about some of the more common reasons for having dark rings under your eyes. The causes range from lack of sleep to some sort of allergy. If you do know the reason for your under-eye circles it may help to find a treatment which specifically addresses the cause. For example, if your under-eye circles are determined to be caused by allergies, and you begin to take allergy medications or avoid certain allergens, your eye circles may disappear. This is why your first step in getting rid of your dark circles is to see your general practitioner to determine if there is an underlying medical cause.
But for many people under eye circles are hereditary, caused by the normal aging process, or simply due to changes in skin pigmentation. For some people who have under-eye circles, it may be difficult to find a treatment which works.
The frustration of finding a cure or remedy for dark under-eye circles has spurned some sufferers to create their own on-line resources of treatment information. For example, one blogger has created a whole blog devoted to her search for the latest remedies and clinical treatments for under-eye circles called My Dark Circles Blog. This site even has a forum for people who suffer from dark circles to discuss how their latest treatments have worked or have failed. Judging from the numbers of people viewing such forum posts, under-eye circles seem to be an extremely popular topic.
The types of treatments for dark circles seem to fall into three basic categories of home remedies, skin care products such as under-eye creams, and more heavy duty dermatological interventions. We will give you some examples of each type of treatment but before I do, I wish to issue a disclaimer:
The following treatments have been gleaned from researching the literature on possible ways to remedy dark under-eye circles. I am in no way endorsing any particular treatment. I have not tried any of these treatments myself. We cannot vouch for their effectiveness in getting rid of your dark circles. The advice of “Buyer Beware” is always wise to follow.
Home Remedies for Treating Dark Circles
If you do a search for home remedies for dark under-eye circles you will undoubtedly come up with a list of hundreds, if not thousands of suggestions. Here are just a few of the more popular ones.
• Applying a chilled used tea bag to the affected eye area is probably one of the more popular home remedies suggested for eliminating under-eye circles. The tannins in tea are said to decrease inflammation. Many skin care sites say that green tea works best.
• Some people swear by using almond oil under their eyes to take away the dark circles. Almond oil has been described as a natural moisturizer which you can gently massage into the skin overnight. Another home remedy advises to mix equal parts honey and almond oil to create a paste to apply under the eyes.
• Cold cucumber or potato slices have been used by some to treat their under-eye circles. Leave the slices on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. Potatoes are said to contain an enzyme called catecholase, which is a natural skin lightener.