What Are Dark Circles & Under-Eye Bags?

The skin around the eyes is especially delicate and thin. As the body loses collagen with age and sun exposure, the tissue thins, and blood vessels below the eyes can make the skin appear dark. Many people have excess pigmentation under their eyes, which can be further darkened by sun exposure. Fat pads cause under-eye bags beneath the skin that descend with normal aging or heredity. Also, descending fat pads and lost collagen in the under-eye area can give your eyes a tired and hollow look. 

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Who Gets Dark Circles & Under-Eye Bags?

Dark circles and under-eye bags can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. However, various factors can increase their likelihood of forming, such as:

  • Genetics: If your parents or other family members have them, you may be more likely to develop them
  • Aging: The skin around the eyes becomes thinner and loses its elasticity over time, making blood vessels and underlying fat more visible
  • Allergies and sinus problems: Inflammation and swelling around the eyes can contribute to dark circles and under-eye bags
  • Lifestyle factors: Poor sleep habits, stress, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption can all play a role
  • Medical conditions: Anemia and thyroid problems can cause a pale or sallow complexion, making them more noticeable

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

The following non-surgical treatment options can minimize the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags, depending on their underlying cause and severity.

Lifestyle Changes

Making changes to your lifestyle, such as improving your sleep habits, reducing stress, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption, can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags.

Topical Treatments

Various topical treatments are available to help reduce under-eye bags and dark circles, including creams and serums containing ingredients such as vitamin C, caffeine, retinol, and hyaluronic acid.


Injectable treatments such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin (BOTOX) can add volume to the under-eye area, reducing the appearance of dark circles, under-eye bags, and wrinkles around the eyes.

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Are You Tired of Looking So Tired?

Our board-certified medical providers have the knowledge and extensive experience to evaluate and determine the cause of your dark circles before treating them. Dark circles are often caused by a combination of factors such as genetics, thinning skin, and poor circulation. Consulting a dermatologist or healthcare provider to evaluate and manage dark circles is essential, as they can provide information on the most appropriate treatment options and help you determine the best course of action for your individual needs. Contact the Skin Care Doctors today to give your eyes a revitalized appearance.

Better skin health starts here. Schedule your appointment today.

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