What Causes Dark Circles?

Dark circles are not uncommon, but they can make you look tired and sick. Here is why it happens and how to treat it.

We understand that you didn’t ask for the dark circles and puffy bags under your eyes, and now that the raccoons in your backyard are starting to look like you, it’s time to take action. Some people only experience dark circles as a short-term response to a traumatic incident, but for others, it might be a more persistent condition. This article will cover what might cause dark circles around the eyes and how to remedy them. Keep reading!


Insomnia, exhaustion, or erratic sleep patterns can all contribute to the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. The skin might seem fatigued and pallid from lack of sleep. Subcutaneous tissues and blood vessels, both of which are dark, may become more apparent. The accumulation of fluid behind the eyes is a common cause of a worn-out and fatigued appearance. Your puffy eyelids are to blame for the dark circles under your eyes.


One of the most common reasons for puffy eyes is just getting older. As we become older, our skin inevitably becomes more delicate. As a result, your under-eye circles will appear even more pronounced due to your low fat and collagen levels.

Strain on the eyes

Although it may not seem like it, prolonged screen time can harm your eyes. Eyelids already a deeper shade may become darker if the stress causes blood vessels to widen and show.


Allergies and dry eyes are two potential causes of under-eye blackness. The body releases histamines to fight off the offending allergen when an allergic reaction occurs. Inconvenient symptoms, including itch, redness, and swelling of the eyes, might arise from this.


Dried-out skin isn’t the only symptom of dehydration, as dark bags under the eyes are. In addition, a lack of hydration can cause dark circles under the eyes and a sunken appearance of the eye sockets.

UV Rays

Melanin, the chemical component responsible for skin color, can be produced in excess if the skin is exposed to the sun for an extended period. Furthermore, sun exposure can amplify pre existing pigmentation, particularly around the eyes.


Bags under the eyes run in families. The possible inherited characteristic that manifests early on in a child’s development. The shadows under your eyes may lighten or grow over time. Thyroid disease is only one of several diseases that can cause puffy eyes and other symptoms.


Indrani Karmakar from Siliguri is a writer and artist. After graduating in Political science, she broadened her horizons and dived into the world of creativity. She loves adding humour and innovation to everything in and around her. When she is not working, you will find her collecting oddly shaped pebbles, doodling, crafting, and if you are really lucky- you can even catch her humming!
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