Dark circles or Periorbital Hypermelanosis is one of the most common skin concerns faced by both men and women. While women often resort to concealers to hide them, men are often left with no choice but to carry on with these circles. But apart from makeup,  is there a solution to this problem which not just takes away the fresh look from your face but also makes you look older than your age.

Before we find out about the solutions, let us first understand the types and causes of dark circles.

Different Kinds Of Dark Circles:

Pigmented Dark Circles
Pigmented or Pigmentary Dark Circles are caused when our skin over produces melanin and does not distribute it properly. As the skin near the eye region is extremely thin compared to the rest of the body, an excess melanin is easily visible. Pigmented dark circles are usually either dark brown or black in color.

Vascular Dark Circles
Improper circulation of blood and lymphatic liquid around the eye region can cause accumulation of pigment in the thin eye area and cause vascular dark circles. These are usually characterised by blue, pink or purple color.

Structural Dark CIrcles
This kind of dark circle has to do more with structural problems and not dark circles. Loss of fat around the eye region can lead to depression which in turn creates a shadow effect. This shadow is often mistaken as dark circles.

Causes Of Dark Circles 

  • Improper Habits
    Inadequate sleep,sleeping for long hours, rubbing your eyes and smoking are some of the unhealthy habits that cause dark circles
  • Age
    Age is another prominent factor that leads to loss of fats which creates depression around the eye region to cause dark circles.
  • Straining The Eye
    Working for long hours in front of the computer screens can strain your eyes which enlarges the blood vessels surrounding the eye region and causes the thin layer of skin around the eye to darken.
  • Allergies
    Allergic reactions can trigger the blood vessels near the eye region to dilate. As mentioned earlier that the skin in this region is the thinnest, the dilation can lead to dark circles.
  • Genes
    Believe it or not, your genes can also be responsible for your dark circles. Hereditary dark circles run in the family for generations and get passed on. So if your parents or grandparents have dark circles then chances are that the darkness around your eyes is a Hereditary dark circle.

Available Treatment Options For Dark Circles
To get a more permanent solution for your dark circles, it is advised to opt for aesthetic treatments that are both safe and effective. Some of the treatment options available are:

Chemical Peels
Since the eye region is sensitive, we ensure that careful priming of the skin is done. GA 20% and Lactic Acid 15% is used at Dr. Divya’s Skin and Hair Solutions.

Lasers
At our clinic we use FDA approved Spectra Q Switched pulse to help address periorbital hyperpigmentation or dark circles. The number of sessions required for your concern is decided by Dr. Divya Sharma.

Fillers
Under eye fillers are also known to provide satisfactory results. These are particularly helpful in 3-D reshaping of the periorbital area.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
In case you are suffering from tear trough deformity then platelet rich plasma is a treatment which you can opt for.

Along with the medical treatments, Topical Applications like Tyrosinase inhibitors like Kojic acid, azelaic acid and arbutin and Vitamin C can also help to a great extent to address this concern.

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Superficial location of blood vessels accompanied by thin skin over orbicularis oculi muscle . It gives a violaceous appearance and is increase when the skin is stretched.

When the dark circles are due to repeated rubbing and scratching as seen in atopic dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis . The drug induced causes also fall in this category.

Frequently asked questions

We now have an FAQ list that we hope will help you answer some of the more common ones.

1. What is tear trough or structural variety?

Tear trough is because of loss of subcutaneous fat and overlying thinning of skin accompanied by cheek descent. It is age related in most cases.

2. What is the butterfly shaped dark area around my eyes?

These are pigmentary demarcation lines which separate hyperpigmented areas from lighter areas . Most of the women especially after pregnancy complain of accentuating of these butterfly shaped areas.

3. Are there any factors in my lifestyle or diet worsening my dark circles?

It has been proven that ultraviolet radiation and use of blue light in form of smartphones and computer systems can aggravate perioorbital hyperpigmentation. Lack of sleep , stress, alcohol overdose and smoking can aggravate POH.

4. What are the treatment options?

Topical therapy

  • Tyrosinase inhibitors like Kojic acid, azelaic acid, arbutin are helpful to some extent.
  • Topical Vitamin C – Effective for improving the appearance of dark circles.
  • Chemical peels – GA 20% and lactic acid 15% is used in periorbital hyperpigmentation. Careful priming of the skin is  important
  • Q switched laser – We use Spectra Q switched pulse to improve the periorbital hyperpigmentation
  • Fillers – This is helpful for 3 D reshaping of periorbital area with higher patient satisfaction rates. Minor post injection erythema and edema resolve in some time.
  •   Platelet rich plasma has been used for treating dark circles due to tear trough deformity
  •  Blepharoplasty and Carboxytherapy are also found useful alternatives.

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