Dark under eye circles can be frustrating – it may seem that no matter how much rest you get, the dark circles under your eyes do not improve. There are numerous causes of dark undereye circles: hollowness resulting from genetic bone structure, thin skin under the eyes that reveals the vasculature of the area, puffiness from seasonal allergies, and dark pigmentation from rubbing the area. Luckily, Minneapolis dermatologist Dr. Mohiba Tareen offers options for the treatment of dark under eye circles:
- Fillers, such as Restylane, can fill in the hollowness that results from genetic bone structure. Often filling in this area can result in a smoother, brighter appearance under the eyes. The results are evident immediately after the treatment and can last at least 6-9 months!
- Topical eye creams with ingredients such as antioxidants, retinoids, and peptides, can improve the texture of the skin. By stimulating collagen production and improving the appearance of fine lines under the eyes, the dark under eye circles can improve over time.
- Brightening creams, such as hydroquinone, can break up excess pigmentation under the eyes. Hydroquinone works by blocking an enzyme necessary for the formation of pigmentation on the skin. Regular use of hydroquinone, for a short period of a few months, can decrease excess pigmentation in the area.
- Anti-histamines can decrease puffiness under the eyes from seasonal allergies. Speak to your allergist or dermatologist about treatment with anti-histamines.
- Laser treatments can stimulate collagen production and essentially resurface the texture of the skin. Smoother, healthier, plumper skin improves the appearance of dark under eye circles.