Why Do We Get Dark Circles Under Our Eyes?

| Women's Health

Those dark circles under your eyes that go everywhere with you can be a hassle. You try to hide these bad boys by putting concealer under your eyes, but do you ever want to have a make-up free day? Dark circles under the eyes are unflattering and can make you look like you had no sleep. Do you want to know why we get them? Well, here are a few reasons why.

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(Photo: Black Circles Under Eyes )

Poor diet: Eating foods that are bad for you can cause dark circles under your eyes. Not incorporating greens and fruits can make contribute to the dark circles. Choose foods that are high in vitamin D because it helps your skin glow! Fast food is something to stay away from when trying to avoid dark circles because they contain so many hidden salts. Too much salt can cause water retention and that causes blood vessels under your eye to become dilated. Foods like tuna, eggs and catfish are on your side when it comes to vitamin D. Also, skip the coffee!

Dehydration: Not drinking enough water each day is another factor that causes dark circles. Having dark circles is one of your body's ways of telling you that you are dehydrated. It’s easy to go about you daily life and forget about taking a bottle of water with you. According to MayoClinic, you should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.

>> Read more: The Skinny on Dehydration and How to Prevent It

Genetics: Genetics is one aspect that you can’t control. If your mom or dad has dark circles, more than likely you will have dark circles, too. It all depends on if you mind having dark circles. There are some people that don’t mind and some that do. Using concealer under your eyes can help.

Pigmentation irregularities: These are irregularities that you have on the pigment of your skin. A common one is hyperpigmentation, which is when your skin darkens in some areas. Acne, lupus or eczema can cause this pigment irregularity. This is more common in people of African American and Asian descent. These irregularities can make your dark circles look more noticeable.


Lack of sleep: According to Mayo Clinic, adults are supposed to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night. When you lose sleep, dark circles form under your eyes. Getting no sleep makes your skin pale, and when that happens your blood vessels are more visible. If you can, try to plan your day out accordingly so you can hit the sheets at a decent time.

Age: You are made to have thin skin under your eyes. That’s why you have to be delicate when touching that area. However, your skin gets thinner as you age and loses elasticity definitely under the eyes because of the breakdown of collagen. As your skin thins out, it makes the discoloration of your dark circles become more noticeable.

Sensitivity to foods: If your body can't digest a particular type of food very well, it shows through your skin. Some people have milk sensitivity, which is known for providing you with dark circles. A food sensitivity test would be idea to have so you won't have an increased chance of forming dark circles.

>> Read more: 5 Tips to Eliminate Dark Circles

Having dark circles isn’t the end of the world! Just knowing the reasons why you get them can help you try to make them less visible. If using concealer is your thing, then have at it. Some people like to use concealer because it can temporarily make the problem disappear while you try a healthy way to get rid of them. You can do anything you put your mind to! So make those dark circles disappear.