Under eye dark circles is a common skin condition which gets many people worried. It could be due to various reasons, including both internal and external
This form of pigmentation can also be due to lack of hemoglobin, thyroid and related issues. After active inflammation around the eyes like atopic dermatitis, it could also be due to allergies around the eye, seasonal changes, itchy skin conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, eczema and lichen planus.
It can also be genetic and run in families. If parents or grandparents have this, it’s not surprising to find this in the next generation.
Cosmetics containing photosensitizing agents, kajals with metals in them, or eye cosmetics that contain mercury or silver preparations can trigger it.
The reasons are many. Eye drops can worsen the skin and lead to swelling around eyes; an increase in blood supply around the eyes; shadow effect of loose skin around eyes; tear trough; stress; lack of sleep and watching a screen for long hours.
It is essential to treat the underlying cause first. Skin lightening agents which contain vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C are preferred. According to the cause, chemical peels, platelet rich plasma rejuvenation, laser toning with q-switched ndyag, fractional lasers, meso-botox, surgical corrections for eye fat pads, fillers for tear troughs can give some visible results.
These procedures also form the mainstay for anti-ageing procedures and when done appropriately, can take away years from one’s face and retain a youthful glow.
Dr.Tina Ramachander consults at Skin Solutionz, 11/12, Sahakarnagar, Bellary road, via Bangalore International Airport road, Bengaluru 560091.
For more queries on the treatment for dark circles, call Dr.Tina’s Skin Solutionz at 080-4091 3394 or 9035098652