What causes dark circles that you must know?

Most of the people have dark circles under the eyes and taking it lightly. They may be unaware of the causes of these dark circles under their eyes. Dark circles around the eyes are a common concern among women of all ages. Fortunately, there are many ways to address them, from brightening eye creams and serums to vitamin-infused concealers. The skin under your eyes is the thinnest on your entire body, so you need to be very gentle with it. Here we show you what’s causing darker skin under your eyes and give you dermatologist-approved information and tips to address it.

Some of the more common causes of dark circles under the eyes include:

  • Heredity. Dark circles under the eyes can appear in childhood, and are often an inherited trait. Some children will outgrow them, but others will not.
  • Allergies. Nasal congestion can dilate the blood vessels that drain from the area around your eyes, causing them to darken.
  • Oversleeping can also cause dark eye circles.
  • Eczema
  • Stress is also the reason for having dark circle.
  • As we get older, our skin becomes thinner.
  • Iron deficiency can prevent the blood from carrying sufficient oxygen to eye tissues.
  • Minor trauma that causes the appearance of a black eye


Extreme fatigue, or just staying up a few hours past your normal bedtime can cause dark circles to

form under your eyes. Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to become dull and pale, allowing for

dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show.

Lack of sleep can also cause fluid to build underneath your eyes, causing them to appear puffy. As a

result, the dark circles you see may actually be shadows cast by your puffy eyelids.


Natural aging is another common cause of those dark circles beneath your eyes. As you get older,

your skin becomes thinner. You also lose the fat and collagen needed to maintain your skin’s

elasticity. As this occurs, the dark blood vessels beneath your skin become more visible causing the

area below your eyes to darken.

Eye strain

Staring at your television or computer screen can cause significant strain on your eyes. This strain

can cause blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge. As a result, the skin surrounding your eyes can



Allergic reactions and eye dryness can trigger dark circles. When you have an allergic reaction, your body release histamines as a response to harmful bacteria. Other than causing uncomfortable symptoms — including itchiness, redness, and puffy eyes — histamines also cause your blood vessels to dilate and become more visible beneath your skin.

Allergies can also increase your urge to rub and scratch the itchy skin around your eyes. These actions can worsen your symptoms, causing  inflammation, swelling, and broken blood vessels. This can result in dark shadows beneath your eyes.


Dehydration is a common cause of dark circles under your eyes. When your body is not receiving the proper amount of water, the skin beneath your eyes begins to look dull and your eyes look sunken. This is due to their close proximity to the underlying bone.

Sun overexposure

Overexposure to the sun stimulate excess of melanin products, the pigment that provides your skin with color. Too much sun — particularly for your eyes — can cause pigmentation in the surrounding skin.


Family history also plays a part in developing dark circles under your eyes. It can be an inherited trait seen early in childhood, and may worsen as you age or slowly disappear. Predispositions to other medical conditions — such as thyroid disease — can also result in dark circles beneath your


Additional causes for dark circles under your eyes:

  • Lifestyle. Excessive smoking or drinking can contribute to under-eye circles. Also, people who drink too

much coffee may have difficulty getting enough sleep.

  • Periorbital cellulitis. This is a bacterial infection of the eyelid or eyelids. If it is promptly treated with

antibiotics, however, it is nothing to worry about.

  • Excess salt in the diet causes fluid retention throughout your body—including underneath your eyes.

Avoid salt consumption after 8 pm to avoid under eye puffiness.

In rare cases, dark circles under eyes may be a sign of a more serious medical condition. These circles are a symptom of a variety of conditions such as hypothyroidism and/or diseases of the liver.

If you have any issues regarding skin or any skin related disease from which you are suffering, we are happy to help you.

Call Sakhiya Skin Clinic on 1800-212-0809 (toll-free) for more information on dark circles.