According to specialists, there are seven reasons for dark circles beneath the eyes.

According to specialists, there are seven reasons for dark circles beneath the eyes.
According to specialists, there are seven reasons for dark circles beneath the eyes.

Consider the following scenario: You dragged yourself out of bed and into the bathroom after snoozing your alarm for the hundredth time. You see some different circles beneath your eyes glaring back at you in the mirror once you’ve finally been able to open your eyes completely. *Gasp.* It’s a regular occurrence, and it may occur daily for others.

While one skin-care advice or eye cream may solve this problem, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, “several elements influence the etiology of under-eye circles, which are a mix of your genetics and environmental circumstances.”

There are seven reasons for dark under-eye circles.

Exposure to UV light

UV radiation exposure is frequently linked to authentic pigment (rather than a shadow or blood pooling) behind the eyes. Consider it similar to the black “sun” patches that form behind your eyes. Accordingly, the sun’s beams can increase melanin synthesis (a dark brown or black pigment ordinarily present in hair, skin, and eyes), showing in dark patches under the skin.

How to tell whether this is the problem: Hyperpigmentation results in the dark, often brown, under-eye circles. Accordingly, UV radiation exposure appears blotchy, similar to getting sunspots.

Suppose the black circles persist after looking in the mirror and tilting your head toward the light. In that case, they’re most likely caused by dark pigments beneath the eyes (read: those created by hyperpigmentation due to UV exposure), according to Dr. Zeichner. Another chance to see if this is the reason for your dark under-eye circles is to ask your doctor.

How to treat it: An eye lotion with a brightening component, such as vitamin C may be helpful in dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, according to DR. ZEICHNER, that protects the skin from free radical damage and inhibits the production of abnormal pigmentation. Because sun exposure can cause or worsen hyperpigmentation, using a sunscreen every day is essential (especially around the eyes).

Having a hereditary predisposition to this coloring is common. “There’s also a disorder called nevus of Ota,” says Naana Boakye, MD, dermatologist and founder of Bergen Dermatology in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, where melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) are present in the dermal coating [middle layer of the skin] and create discoloration. While there is no established etiology for this condition, evidence shows that hereditary factors may play a role.

How to tell whether this is the problem: Dark circles are formed when genetics and life collide. Even if they accomplish’t have allergies or have had a good night’s sleep, some people have to deal with constant darkness. And they may have had it from childhood or youth. Even though dark under-eye circles are caused by genetics, they may become more evident after a late night at work, a week-long beach vacation, or natural skin aging. Any dark spots that persist after lifestyle or skin-care changes.

How to deal with it: There’s not much you can do when it comes to your DNA. While there is no way to avoid dark circles caused by heredity, wearing SPF regularly can help prevent them from growing more menacing. “Sun protector is essential for everyone, but especially for people with hereditary darkening,” explains at Laser Institute and a medical adviser for the skin-care brand Babor. What’s the bottom line?

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