Sometimes, it is enough to change or quit some bad habits in order to solve the problem with dark circles under the eyes; however, this problem may sometimes indicate a more serious disorder…
Anemia- This is a frequent reason for dark circles under the eyes. Of course, solely dark circles under the eyes do not indicate anemia, but if the dark circles are followed by other symptoms such as headache, fatigue, breathlessness, weakened memory, you need to do a blood check-up and lead a healthier diet. What’s more, the body needs iron for production of hemoglobin which is crucial for delivery of oxygen to cells. Furthermore, anemia usually affects women, due to the menstrual cycle, but also because of non-healthy nutrition. So, consume more red meat, green leafy vegetables, beetroot, sunflower seeds, sesame, pumpkin, tomatoes, beans, lentils, dairy products, and fruits; In order for the iron to be properly absorbed, you need to intake enough amounts of vitamin C as well.
Liver disorders– The dark circles under the eyes may also signalize liver dysfunction- an organ which filters the toxins in our body. Such disorders may be hepatitis or cirrhosis.
Allergy or kidney infection– If dark circles appear under your eyes all of a sudden, this could indicate an allergic reaction or kidney infection. You need to consult your physician if this symptom is followed by others such as increased body temperature, rashes and difficulty breathing. However, allergies may also be caused by cosmetics, such as mascara or creams. Often times, people with allergies have vitamin B6, B12, or folic acid deficiency-vitamins that are crucial for metabolic function and the production of blood cells; such deficiency ultimately reflects on the facial skin.
Kidney or thyroid dysfunction- When a person suffers from a kidney or thyroid disease, there is liquid retention which leads to swollen dark circles under the eyes. Rodermitis- thin skin under which the muscles and veins that cause the bluish color are visible is a frequent notion in neurodermatitis. The ones suffering from this condition increase the darkish pigmentation even more by rubbing their irritated eyes.
Hormones- It is recommendable that women who experience swollen and dark circles under the eyes check whether this is related to the menstrual cycle. If you experience swollenness few days before your menstrual period, it may be a PMS sign. So, drink natural diuretics such as green tea and avoid salty foods and most carbohydrates.
Protein deficiency- Frequently swollen eyes, especially when followed by fatigue and fibromyalgia (condition followed by muscle pain, insomnia, and exhaustion) may indicate than your body lacks proteins, essential fats, B vitamins, and folic acid. Therefore, change your nutrition and include more meat, fish, and milk products. Dehydration-Water is an essential part of our bodies and when dehydration occurs, the first indicators appear on the skin. With the help of water, our body releases the toxins and helps the skin to restore itself and become soft and elastic. Moreover, if you intake enough water, the dark circles will disappear.
Age- The skin under the eyes is very thin, delicate, and sensitive. Precisely for this reason, it is the first area where wrinkles form. As we age, the skin around the eyes additionally thins which makes the capillaries more visible and accented. What’s more, the metabolism slows down, the nutrients are harder to absorb, and the harmful ingredients are harder to remove. All of these problems can lead to degenerative changes.
Genes– Dark circles under the eyes can also be inherited. In such cases, there are not many options for solving the problem of dark circles under the eyes. One solution is to cover the dark circles with a concealer.