Treating dark under eye circles

In this article, we discuss the causes and treatment for dark under-eye circles.

What causes dark under eyes?

There are many causes for dark under eye circles, some of which include:


Sleep deprivation adds additional stress to our bodies and can also drain the colour out of our skin, meaning our blood vessels look darker than they normally would. As well as this, lack of sleep can cause fluid build-up which makes eyes look puffy and can make the dark circles even more noticeable.


It may be an allergy causing dark under eye circles as during an allergic reaction, your body releases histamines to respond to harmful bacteria. These histamines can sometimes dilate our blood vessels which will make them more visible underneath our skin, creating dark under eye circles.


Dehydration can cause dark under circles. This is because if the skin does not have enough water to pull from our skin cells – it can shrink and begin to look sunken.

Sun exposure

If your skin is getting to much sun, it can cause an excess production of melanin – this is the pigment that provides skin colour. Overexposure to the sun can darken the skin around the eyes.


Dark circles can be hereditary, meaning we can be genetically predisposed to them.

Treatment for dark under eye circles

There are many different treatment options for treating dark under-eye circles. These include:

  • Make sure you get enough sleep.
  • Elevate your head at night.
  • Apply cold compresses to your under eyes.
  • Apply natural skin care remedies including caffeinated tea bags, cucumbers and moisturisers.
  • Speak to your dermatologist.
  • Cosmetic treatments such as: IPL, carboxytherapy, tear trough deformity, glycolic peels, laser resurfacing and medical microdermabrasion.

Solihull Medical Cosmetic Clinic offers all the cosmetic treatments stated above. Contact us today via our online contact form or call us on 03300 417494 to book your consultation.