Lots of people want to know “what causes dark circles?”

Dark circles under the eyes tell us a lot about our internal health but sometimes even Genetic predisposition counts a lot. Following are the main causes of Dark under eye circles.

1. Lack of sleep 

Lack of sleep results in decreased blood circulation to the delicate under eye area, giving the appearance of dark circles. Getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night ( early night sleep is more beneficial) and can help to reduce dark circles.

2. Iron deficiency and anaemia

Anaemia is a medical condition characterized by an insufficient amount of red blood cells. It is usually due to a lack of iron in the diet. The discoloration that you experience can be brought about by deficiencies in minerals such as iron. The veins located around your eye area become more noticeable whenever you lack iron in your system. If blood cells are unable to carry enough oxygen to the area under the eyes along with a lack of nutrient supply, the end result is dark eye circles.

3. Allergies 

Allergies and dry eyes . If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, like itchy eyes, sneezing, or congestion, constant rubbing and scratching on this delicate area produces friction, resulting in pigmentation. Also congestion can result in swelling and puffy eyes.

4. Genetics

If your parents had dark eye circles, then you are much more predisposed to have them as well no matter what treatments you employ or how much sleep you get.

5. Aging 

As we age, Our collagen in skin layer decreases and the skin tissue around the eyes starts to become thin. This produces hollows and also the veins start to show more, give a bluish hue to the area.

6. Smoking and alcohol consumption

Both smoking and drinking can increase dark circles by dehydrating the skin. Alcohol causes blood vessels to open further which can cause a swollen, puffy appearance and increase visibility of bluish colour in the under eye skin. Alcohol can also disturb sleep, which also exacerbates the appearance of dark circles. 

Cigarette smokers have also been found to be four times as likely as non-smokers to report feeling unrested after a night’s sleep.  Smokers spend less time in deep sleep and more time in light sleep than non-smokers.




Dark circles under the eyes can have many different causes and lack of sleep is the number one cause. If your dark circles don’t get better with adequate sleep, Please see a doctor to help determine the underlying cause and also can visit our clinic for “best dark circle treatment” in town. also checkout treatment options at Aestheticare.

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