causes-dark-circles-eyesMany people believe that dark circles under the eyes are caused by staying up late at night. While this can be true in some cases, there are other factors that may affect the formation of dark circles. In this article, we will be discussing the different causes of dark circles under the eyes. By knowing the causes, you will be able to understand better the ways to prevent dark circles.

Causes of Dark Circles

There are numerous factors that can contribute to the development of dark circles. Often times, they are caused by conditions that are not serious. Although they may also be caused by situations which need immediate intervention of physicians.

To help you become more familiar, here is a list of the most common contributing factors:

• Aging especially when the skin becomes more delicate as it becomes thinner (blood vessels become more visible, hence the change in color)
• Too much alcohol and caffeine intake
• Genetics (inherited)
• Poor quality of sleep and rest periods
• Too much stress
• Too much smoking
• Too much exposure to the sun
• Deeply set eyes (shadows are created)
• Some medications such as birth control pills
• Traumatic injuries such as eye injury, fractures of the bones around the eyes and head injury
• Some types of allergies
• Some types of eye infection
• Anemia or when the body lacks enough red blood cells
• Dehydration and malnutrition

A Closer Look at Aging and Dark Circles

As mentioned earlier, one of the main causes of dark circles is aging. As we age, we can expect our skin to lose elasticity and the power to regenerate as the collagen production slows down.  Because of this, your skin will be thinner. When this happens, your dark circles will be more prominent regardless of how much sleep or how much rest you get. This is the same for people with genetic predisposition.

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