Dark circles: More than meets the eye

Dark circles though very common, can be difficult to address. Many factors are involved in causing dark circles, such as ethnicity, bone structure, anatomy of the skin etc, and most times a cream or serum cannot address all the factors involved, thus resulting in failure of treatment.

Let’s try to understand more about dark circles here.

What causes dark circles ?

There can be intrinsic factors (internal, genetically predetermined factors, inevitable) or extrinsic factors (external, environmental impact, modifiable).

These factors are non modifiable and most topical products such creams/serums cannot completely address these factors
Extrinsic factors can be modified to reduce the risk of developing or worsening of dark circles

Types of dark circles

Understanding the type of dark circles helps guide the treatment options.

Some OTC products that may help

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Why are my eye creams not working?

So you have been using eye creams religiously for a long time and you still have not seen results. Why isn’t t it working for you?

  • Lack of sun protection: The under eye area is a commonly missed site during sunscreen application.
  • Not making the necessary lifestyle changes: Ongoing stress, lack of sleep, not cutting down on smoking and alcohol.
  • Underlying cause not addressed: Continuous scratching from eczema irritation.
  • Lack of patience: Depigmenting creams take time to work
  • Incorrect choice of product or treatment: Some form of dark circles benefit more from prescription medications or from a combination of products + in office procedures such as fillers, chemical peels etc
  • Unrealistic expectation: No creams/serum can 100% reduce dark circles. Shadowing effect due to bone structure cannot be corrected by creams. Constitutional pigmentation respond only minimally to OTC products.