Dermatologists' Advice: How To Get Rid Of Eye Bags & Dark Circles
Time is constantly moving, and it really does wait for no one. Sometimes, it feels like there just are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, take care of yourself, and get a good night’s sleep. It leads to fatigue and sleep deprivation, dehydration, and stress – and it shows a physical toll through annoying undereye bags and dark circles. While these can be as easy to get rid of as getting a good night’s sleep, they can also be extremely persistent. Want to know the best ways to get rid of them? Here’s how to best reduce undereye bags and dark circles, according to dermatologists.
What Causes Undereye Bags and Dark Circles?
Like many skin problems, undereye bags and dark circles have various contributors to the issue. Perhaps the most common and obvious one is a lack of sleep. Bad news for those of us who struggle to get our 8 hours every night. These sleep-related bags and circles are the end result of blood vessels leaking and mixing with the fluid that settles into our undereye tissues at night. It’s a not so glamorous picture, but it’s a good reminder that sleep is important! It’s also important to recognize, however, that sleep is only one cause. Although less common than sleep deprivation, there are still many things that can cause these skin issues to pop up. Allergies, alcohol use, smoking, excessive sun exposure, diet, skin tone, and aging can all contribute to both undereye bags and dark circles.
Dermatologist Recommended Treatments
Undereye bags and dark circles are two issues that don’t have a neat and tidy answer thanks to their many causes. No matter what you choose to do about your cosmetic woes, though, professionals agree that a multifaceted approach is the best way to handle it. On their own, lifestyle changes and skincare products or professional treatments can lead to some improvement, but a combination will attack the problem from every angle possible, improving skin condition better and faster than a more simplistic approach. That being said, what specific steps should you take? Here are a few key things to do if you want to get rid of your bags and dark circles:
- Sleep more and sleep elevated – For those who find their undereye area looking rougher right after waking up, odds are that sleep is your main contributor. In this case, dermatologists recommend sleeping on your back and propping yourself up with a couple of extra pillows. This will help reduce the pooling of fluid under your eyes, which will also decrease puffiness, bagginess, and dark shadows.
- Take a Benadryl (or other antihistamines) – Now that it’s springtime, hay fever and other allergies are ramping up and wreaking havoc. This can also do quite the number on your dark circles since rubbing your eyes can break blood vessels. Take a good allergy medication and you should be feeling and looking better in no time.
- Try a retinoid – Just like how wearing thin materials will show more, thin skin will show more, too. Unfortunately, that means it will show off dark circles and bags way more than thicker skin. If skin thinness is a problem for you, a retinoid is an ideal treatment for you. It will stimulate collagen to thicken it up and help make dark circles less visible. It can also plump up sunken skin – perfect if you also have hollow circles under your eyes.
- Be gentle with your skin – People are rough with their skin all the time. We’re rough washing our faces, drying our faces, taking off makeup, itching, etcetera, etcetera. If you support dermatologists (and the good of your face), stop it! It leads to the exact inflammation and irritation that causes bags and shadows. Be gentler and your undereye area will reflect it.
- Stay hydrated – Most of us are chronically dehydrated, but it’s doing no favors for our health or our skin. Dehydration will cause us to retain water, thus increasing skin puffiness and undereye bags. So, try to drink more water. This should help us shed excess water we’re holding onto and then help our eyes look their best.
- Consider Microneedling – Most people would probably be hesitant to let a needle anywhere near their face, but dermatologists say it’s one of the most promising undereye treatments right now. Why? Because the needling both encourages collagen production and allows topical treatments to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Most of us will deal with dark circles, bags, drooping, wrinkles, and more in our time on this earth. It’s okay to accept this, but if you’re interested in helping the issue, just know there’re a ton of options out there! Coming at it from both a lifestyle change route and a product route will ensure your skin can look its best and look its best sooner. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, using anti-aging products, getting more sleep, trying chemical peels or micro-needling, and staying elevated at night can all lead to lasting results, and help you feel your best. A little overwhelmed by it all, still? That’s okay. When in doubt, contact your dermatologist and discuss what your best options are for your lifestyle and your skin type.
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