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How can I get Rid of Dark Circles Under my Eyes?

Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders

Dark circles under the eyes are most often caused by allergies, illness, a lack of sleep, or heredity. Knowing the cause can help you understand how to get rid of them. For example, if allergies are the culprit, all you may need to see results is a more effective allergy medication. If you think they are the result of sleep deprivation, you may need to make an effort to go to bed earlier or reduce the amount of caffeine in your diet in order to get the rest you need.

In some cases, dark circles are caused by heredity, and you may find that they are almost impossible to completely eliminate. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to reduce the puffiness and skin discoloration that make dark marks under the eyes more noticeable.

Placing damp, caffeinated tea bags on your eyes can help to get rid of dark circles.
Placing damp, caffeinated tea bags on your eyes can help to get rid of dark circles.

In the morning, wash your face with cold water to help blood vessels constrict. Then, apply an eye cream that contains retinol and vitamin K. Since it may take several months of daily use to see maximum results from the cream, you might want to consider using a little hemorrhoid cream to reduce puffiness under the eyes in the meantime.

If you’re looking for an all-natural way to get rid of dark circles under your eyes, try applying cucumber slices, damp caffeinated tea bags, or an ice cube wrapped in a soft washcloth to your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes each day. These home remedies can make your condition seem worse, and if they do, stop using them and consult a dermatologist. You may be suffering from a more serious skin condition.

You can use concealer to cover dark circles under your eyes.
You can use concealer to cover dark circles under your eyes.

While eating a healthy diet will help boost your energy and ward off illness, it’s also a great way to reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to prevent the vitamin deficiencies that can affect your skin’s appearance. Reducing your salt intake will also help improve the look of your skin, since too much salt can cause the body to retain water in undesirable places.

An eye cream containing Retinol and vitamin K can help reduce dark circles.
An eye cream containing Retinol and vitamin K can help reduce dark circles.

If you’re feeling very self-conscious about the skin under your eyes, you can try to use makeup to help camouflage the problem. Typically, a yellow or flesh-toned concealer will be the most effective in reducing the appearance of skin discoloration. Look for a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your foundation. For free samples and more advice on selecting the products that are right for your skin tone, visit the cosmetics counter of your local department store.

Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders

Dana holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. She has loved being part of the WiseGEEK team ever since discovering the joys of freelance writing after her son was born. Dana also hones her writing skills by contributing articles to various blogs, as well as creating sales copy and content for e-courses.

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Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders

Dana holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. She has loved being part of the WiseGEEK team ever since discovering the joys of freelance writing after her son was born. Dana also hones her writing skills by contributing articles to various blogs, as well as creating sales copy and content for e-courses.

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I am 14 and I have really bad dark rings that I am so self conscious about! I hate them so much! I just want them to go away! They make me feel worthless and ugly and makeup doesn't work! They even prevent me from socialising with people and I always get jealous when I see other people with no dark rings, where the skin there is more or less perfect, and I think, this is so unfair! Why do I have to be cursed with these horrible things?


So this whole awesome idea of tea bags helping dark circles go away - total bust! It did the opposite - made them darker and bruised my eye so it looks like I have a black eye. Good thing I did just one to see if it worked first. Not cool.


Hi everyone, I'm a 30 year old male and have been dealing with raccoon eyes ever since high school. I have always looked a little tired (I've never been a great sleeper) but during my later years in high school and university, when exam stress started effecting me, I started getting noticeably dark puffy eyes. My eyes would also itch, making it hard to sit behind a computer for a long time or drive long distances.

My solution got rid of my raccoon eyes within a week. My father, who is a neurologist, suggested I use a heating pad every evening on my neck, shoulders and back of the head. This worked! It forced my muscles to relax (I didn't even realize how tense they were), allowing for better blood circulation in my neck, shoulders and face.

I realize now that with the stress I have daily, it was getting impossible for me to relax my muscles. Even on vacation it would take two weeks before I could really let go. This solution worked and continues to work. Only requirement is a good heating pad and the self discipline to sit every evening on the couch for 10 minutes and use it.


@anon339645: Some people just have these, however, moistened tea bags or cold cucumber slices could help you. You can also try the caffeine eye gel by Garnier that is supposed to minimize dark circles. And you're not going to like this, but playing video games probably doesn't help. Eye strain can contribute to these things. Lay off the video games for a couple of days, drink a lot of water, cut down on your caffeine intake and try the tea bags. With dark circles, there are no guarantees, but maybe this will help.


The reason why I need to solve this problem is because my dad bugs me about it. And if I don't stop, he says I could get some of my privileges taken away. I don't give a crap about beauty or anything like that; I'm just worried it's related to a health problem, like making your eyes go blurrier or something like that, and I get at least eight or nine hours of sleep so my sleep is fine. I just don't know if the shadows leave a mark behind or not. I have no stress; I play video games. What would be simplest and perfect solution to solve this problem?


I have tried this and it has not started to work for me yet, but I have dark circles and I am drinking a glass of warm water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar each morning before I eat anything. It's supposed to help flush out your system from toxins.

Lemon water is also a good choice, but I have not tried it yet. They are both good at removing dark circles, or so I have heard.


The more you value yourself, the more people will value you.

There are a lot of common mistakes here. The more you think about a” problem," particularly one that seems impossible to solve, the more you reinforce negativity! It probably makes things worse, too.

Let's say the only thing that really bothers you about your appearance is your dark circles? Well lots of people from suffer from them. It's not like people see someone with dark circles and say, “Oh jeez. What an ugly mess!” and if they do, are they worth being around?

Be around people who love being around you, who you can be yourself around. Obviously try and look your best and the way you want, but once with them, just relax and have fun!

While it's not easy to ignore ones flaws, obsessing over every little thing you don't like about your appearance is a sure fire way of being miserable most of your life. You will socialise less, and you might even close yourself off to people. This, in turn, makes you fear interacting with people. It's a spiralling effect, especially because without action you will just start to look worse and worse and treat yourself worse, and when do you meet people, you will again not improve how you interact with them. You blame appearance as your reason for this. Honestly, if anyone ever says, “Man, you're ugly” or something, why the heck should you care? It's like wanting a drink because it looks nice but tastes horrible.

It's likely that very few people are telling you to worry about yourself as much as you are. The more you value yourself the more people will value you.


My problem is that my face skin -- mostly between my eye and ear both sides and little bit down -- is getting dark. I've tried so many lotions and creams and even sun protection lotions but have seen no benefit. Sometimes it is less and sometimes it is more. My age is 43 and I've been having this problem for three or four years.


Lemon water helps some people. It won't hurt to try it and it may just help you.


This works! This is a quick solution for the circles!

Things needed: lemon juice, pencil eraser, paper towel, hand lotion, a marble.

Before you begin, place the marble in the freezer.

First, take then pencil eraser and gently rub the dark circles in small circular movements. Be very gentle! After 45 minutes of doing that for each eye (this gets the rejuv-a cells to the surface of the skin), take one and a half drops of lemon juice on your finger tip and dab under each eye on the dark circles. Do not get the juice on your normal skin, only on the dark circles. Let that absorb in for two hours! This is very important. Those rejuv-a cells that you brought to the surface with the eraser in step 1, need the lemon juice in order to create elastin cells.

After two hours, get the marble from the freezer, take the marble and coat it with the hand lotion. Rub the coated marble on the dark circles (they should be noticeably lighter by now before you do this step). Only let the marble touch the dark circles, not the normal skin. This helps activate those rejuv-a cells. You will feel the dark circles begin to tingle, and that means it working. Keep rubbing the marble on the circles for a few hours. And like magic, the circles will be gone! You may have to repeat this every few months. Enjoy!


We are all beautiful, no matter what they say!


I am a 42 year old middle-eastern woman and I have started having dark circle since I turned 35. The dermatologists I consulted with told me it's somehow due to stress and heredity both.

I've noticed that when I am less stressed my dark circles start fading, but I can't be stress free all the time. What's your suggestion?


I'm a 14 year old male and weight train almost every day. I go to school and have good marks. I've just started to get dark circles under my eyes. I do smoke weed but I'm not addicted to it or anything. I just party but I know when to stop. I know not to do it every day too. But, I could care less.

Guys, you need to stop worrying about your eyes. It's only eyes. It's not going to change anything in your life but maybe you appearance. I'm in perfect shape. If people bug you about your eyes they really have nothing better to do. Seriously stay on the positive side!


Oh my god! I'm 13 and I have very, very dark circles under my eyes, and I felt so down, when we go out with my friends because they are so beautiful, unlike me. Please, please help me. I'm so down. I really really need your help, everyone! Please help me, and just post it. I hope you can help me in my stupid problem, and hope it's effective.

Sarah Cripps

It disturbs me how many young girls are posting on here. It disturbs me more that someone suggested not eating meat or beans. To that person I would suggest that it might be wise to research the underlying causes of dark circles a little more thoroughly before handing out advice to others.

One of the many potential causes of dark circles under the eyes is iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is more common in women, and especially so after childbirth. If everything else you try for ridding yourself of circles proves fruitless, I would advise you to go see your doctor. Your doctor can tell you if you have a dietary deficiency and prescribe the appropriate supplement for correcting it. -- Sarah


I'm 15 1/2 and female, and I have suffered from dark circles and hollows under my eyes from the age of 7. I don't drink coffee, I do drink lots of water and I have very fair skin. Make up just doesn't seem to help and I do get about eight hours sleep. What more can I do? p.s: I have no allergies or hay fever.


I'm 14 years old, about to turn 15. I have horrible dark circles under my eyes. I've asked the doctor about it and he tells me that it is because of my allergies but to top it off my skin is white, not like super white but white. so now i have wrinkles under my eyes because i never put sunscreen on my face when i was in the sun. just recently my mom brought it up. And now i fell like i look like an old lady! Help! please. what do i do to get rid of them?


I completely understand what you are going through. When I was a teenager my teachers all thought I was on drugs because of the dark circles/bags under my eyes.

I am now 27 and I have gotten used to the fact that they are heredity in my case and no amount of creams or tea bags or cucumbers etc are going to get rid of them. I do find that they are worse if I don't drink enough water or get enough sleep though. My new best friend is concealer - it can make such a difference - trust me. I wish I had started using it years ago.

A really quick and easy one to use for everyday is the garnier anti dark circles one. I use a bobbi brown corrector/concealer for better coverage though. If you find that some concealers are showing up your fine lines more or something then you need to hydrate your eye area better - with a really hydrating eye cream before you put the concealer on and try a few diff types and methods of application.

Do not worry! It is only a big deal to you anyway because everybody has flaws or something that they wish they didn't have, trust me, love yourself and know that no one is perfect and everyone has good points that others would envy and vice versa. It is hard growing up in and being a part of this image focused perfectionist world but don't let it carry you away from what is real and important.

Also, remember that the celebrities etc that look perfect are covered in make-up and photoshopped, so don't compare yourself to the images you see.


I'm 12 years old and I just realized I have dark circles under my eyes. I know I've been sleeping too late at night because of all my homework. My mom says I just need a lot of sleep and they'll go away. But is there any way to make it go away faster? Please help me, I don't want my friends to start spreading bad rumors about me.


I'm 26 years old and have been self-conscious about my bags under my eyes since i was ten.

I used to get picked on at school and got nicknamed pamela bag eyes. Or people would ask me if i was on drugs.

Now it really affects my life. i will avoid being with new boyfriends when i feel my eyes are even puffier because of a late night. I just feel like a freak.

I've been told piles cream helps. It didn't work for me. I've also used some of the boots products and fill concealers make it worse. Please help as I have pale skin as well. I've started using sunbeds now.


I have had dark circles under my eyes since i was about 15 and I'm now 20 and they won't go away. i get about 10 hours sleep at night maybe even more but it doesn't help.

I apply makeup to them every day but i can still see them and I've tried using cold tea bags but that doesn't do any good either, and I'm fed up with them. Does anyone have a remedy that works?


I'm 13 years old and I've got really bad dark circles under my eyes, not to mention the wrinkles around my eyelids when I close them. I'm really worried about them, because none of my family have them and I don't want my eyes to look really really old at an early age. What do I do?


the reason people have bags or dark circles under their eyes is because they have a lot of gas and poo in their stomachs and they are not staying in the toilet long enough. It can also be caused by the food your eating.

If you eat lots of meat and barely any fruits you will get dark circles or bags even both.

Do not eat too much bread, milk, butter, beans or anything that includes fat.


i am 13 years old and I have had extreme under eye purple circles for a few years now. but I'm 14 now and they seem to have gotten worse. i get enough sleep and drink enough water. its not heredity. what could it be?


I am in my 30's and just started getting the dark circles under my eyes after having kids. I've always had some bags, but they didn't turn dark until a few years ago. Getting more sleep isn't an option because I go to bed early enough as it is, but I will try the tea bags and hopefully I'll start looking like a woman again!


I'm 12 but I've had these dark circles and eye bags under my eyes since forever. So now, I'm trying ways to get rid of it. First thing i did was put tea bags in cold water for five minutes then i put it on my eyes before i went to sleep last night. But i took it off when i got annoyed at it so i don't really know. i really need some help, i think.


i didn't have dark circles when i was in my early childhood. I only had them during my teenage period. Is it hereditary?


I'm 14 years old (Female) and have drunk coffee since a baby, which is probably the main reason for my huge dark circles under my eyes. I go to bed early(ish) but I have trouble sleeping. If I cut back on the caffeine, do you think the lack of a good night's sleep will stop my dark circles from disappearing?


I'm 13 years old (girl) and i hate dark circles under my eyes, and i don't like to use cream or anything. i want something healthy and natural for me to use. hope you help me.


I'm 13 years old and i have dark circles under my eyes I'm afraid that I have it for my whole life. Please, please help me.


i really need help. i'm 12 years old (male) and i have circles under my eyes. people ask me if i wear mascara. Can you help me please?


I am 16 years old. I have drunk coffee since I was 8 (cutting back now) and have had hay fever since birth. I have tried many gels and creams for years now and none seem to work! I need to get rid of my dark circles quickly but don't want to use make up. Any suggestions?


I'm 33 and fined it really hard to look at people in the eye, because I'm so embarrassed about my really distinctive dark circles. It ruins my life in so many ways.


I am 13 and my eyes are so bad, everyone, including my parents, think I'm on drugs. i can't help it. i try sleeping 14 hours a day and nothing helps. allergies aren't the problem, and i feel that maybe you can help.


I am 12 and i have had eye bags for ages, since i was 7 or 8. i remember when i was a baby and toddler that my face used to glow and i didn't even have these bags.

I have tried everything honestly, every remedy. I'm trying to get a cream for them now and i have used the garnier eye roll on them but ti doesn't even work on my eyes.

i have asked my doctor but she says it's all related to allergies. i really, really need to get rid of them. Please someone help me and give me some advice that actually works. I really want them to go. i am fed up with people asking my why my eyes are so black and if I am tired, and what's up with my eyes. i can't take it anymore i and proper advice/help. Please help me. Thanks.


I'm 11 turning 12 and I have black circles all over my eyes.I had these circles ever since I can remember having them. My mom said to use cocoa butter but it doesn't work. We tried going to the doctor but all he says is it's from my allergies. I don't think I'm suppose to have allergies all my life. Can someone please give me advice on how to get rid of black circles (and puffiness). I'm desperate!


try easy eye solutions. best product I've ever used for puffiness and circles.


i am 13 and female, i have had dark circles under my eyes and puffiness ever since i can remember.

and i can't put stuff under my eyes because i have eczema ( a rash i had since birth) and i can never get rid of it.

I can't wear make-up to hide it either because it will just make my eczema worse.

Anyway, i have also tried to get to sleep earlier then my usual time i sleep and nothing happens!

So what do i do? Please help me.


I am abhinav from haryana. I'm 21 years old. i have dark circles under my eyes and always have since i can remember! i can't get rid of them. I've tried the old home remedies but they won't work. i get lots of sleep and i eat healthy! any other tricks?


I'm 21 and male and I've had them every single day for as long as I can remember (age of six.) Applying milk, creams, teabags, cold things, nothing helps. Out of the 40 or so family members that we visit, not one of them has dark/hollow eye circles.

I'm extremely healthy, and I haven't had a cold or anything for almost four years, despite regular contact with sick family members.

I have two guesses as to the cause for mine: unknown kidney/liver problems, or high metabolism and very little fat on my face. If you guys have dark circles that you cannot get rid of, and they appear more of a red-brown than a purple-blue, then I'd stop wasting money on useless products and consider getting fat injections under the eye, or go check with a doctor/dermatologist.

I can't get rid of mine so forget it. I wish you guys better luck than what I had.


I am an 18-year-old girl. i have dark circles under my eyes which make me look ugly even though i am fair. This looks so bad. My skin is oily. Please, please help me out!


I'm 14 years turning 15 next year, I've had bags for quite a while now (maybe say my whole life!) i tried everything, the cucumbers, the tea bags and everything. the tea bags were all right. they did make a little improvement but still my eye bags are very noticeable. i always look at my friends and think why do i have these bags? why am i so ugly? am i supposed to be like that?


i had dark circles and one eye was worse than the other. it looked i got punched and had a black eye. i just started getting them a couple months ago from lack of sleep.

i started using caffeinated black tea lipton tea bags every day for ten minutes. I rinse the bag with cold water and leave them on my eyes for 10 minutes, squeezing the tea on them too, and only after a week the black eye look is almost gone. It looks about 20 percent better after only using the bags for about five days straight.

Cucumbers never worked for me and a lot of times i'd get a bad rash under eyes from them but the tea bags are working great. I'd suggest to anyone who has dark circles because of lack of sleep to try the tea bags.


I'm 27 years old and i have dark circles under my eyes. can you tell me how to control this thing?


I have had dark circles under my eyes since the summer when i was 12. I am 13. Could they be caused by stress?


I've had dark circles since I was a kid, and I'm tired of covering them up with makeup. Can anyone give me some suggestions of which remedies actually work? I don't want to spend lots of money on an expensive cream, but cucumbers and ice cubes just don't seem to work. Please help!


If it's sleep you've been lacking and things. Is it possible for your under eyes to actually look natural again? or do they just appear lighter than they were when they were dark?


My name's Jade-Jasmine, and I'm 13 going on 14. I never used to have dark circles under my eyes. But i started staying up on the internet talking to friends for hours non-stop. Sometimes i would even not go to sleep and do all nighters every day.

i did it for a while, then realized i started to get dark circles under my eyes, and now i regret staying up late so bad. My eyes look terrible. I have to admit the rest of my skin is OK, and i never put make up on. It's just those dark circles i feel insecure about. I haven't tried any of the home remedies yet, but I'll give them a go and post my results on another day. If anyone has any tips I'd be grateful if someone would post them.

I have a tip for those insecure about their dark circles. Trust in yourself and self faith is key to succeeding getting your eyes back to your normal shade.


Do not use soap to wash your eyes, unless told so by a doctor.

Here's things that helped me!

1. Drink lots of water over the next week.

2. Soak cotton wool balls in milk and leave them on your eyes for like 10 minutes. Do that every other day. Or you could just use cucumber.

3. Every night before going to bed put either vaseline or moisturizer on.

4. Use natural collection cover up stick from boots. then use whatever foundation your like, and put that all over your face and remember under your eyes and then just put some loose powder on top.

This will sound strange but works. grate a raw potato finely put it in a thin cloth over each eye and lie down with these on your eyes for one hour. The pumice of the potato is what does it

Mary Kay has a good eye firming cream for that I have used it for years and no dark circles no puffiness. Expensive, but well worth it. Good luck to you.


i have had dark circles for about two years.

I'm 13, almost 14, and they make me really self conscious, especially in the summer because if i go swimming i can't cover them with makeup. i get a good amount of sleep every night and eat healthy. i have tried most of the remedies listed in this article and none have worked. i just wish someone would have a remedy that works!


I'm 13, almost 14, and I have tried most of the natural remedies but none have worked. I have had dark circles for about a year or two. I have tried different concealers, but since I have combination skin, the makeup just makes my skin even more dry or cakes on.

I've tried different creams that are supposed to calm the skin, but they didn't work either. I get a good amount of sleep, 8-9 hours on weekdays and 9-10 hours on weekends, and I eat healthy. I have been told that drinking plenty of water helps to get rid of them, I tried this, it didn't help. Does anyone have a remedy that actually works?


I'm 13 going on 14 and I've had dark circles all my life and i hate it. people used to think i had black eyes! i need to know what can i do to get rid of them. I get a good amount of sleep and every thing and nothing works for me. i even use cover up, powder and all that and you can still see it. what do i use?


My name is Katie and I'm 13, I'll be 14 in a few months. I suffer with really bad dark circles. These affect my everyday life and it's really annoying. I would hate to think what people are saying about me.

I've tried all the home remedies, and everything else but i doesn't seem to work. These dark circles make me feel self conscious and paranoid i can barely look and people. They keep me from having normal lives like all my other friends, and this really upsets me.

My mum doesn't take much notice; she just says you need to go to bed earlier and i do all the time. Please help me. i can't live this much longer?


i am 14. i have had my dark circles since i was about seven years old. they really get me down. i hate having to cover them up every day and i never go out without them covered. i have tried so many creams and concealers and so many home remedies. please is there anything else i can try? they also have these white dots on them. thanks.


I have hereditary dark circles and I hate it. Had it from a young girl. I'm now 34 and I'm using hylexin which lightened it but didn't get rid of it. once i stop using it, the circles get darker.

I'm also hoping one day some miraculous surgery could get rid of it. Because of the circles I'm forced to wear heavy make up with a good concealer. One is mac, the creme concealer. It's amazing at hiding the circles.

Because of the heavy makeup i have to apply more force to remove it thus giving me premature wrinkles. i wear make up every single day.

my in laws have never even seen me without make up. I hate having to wear make up every day!


@Anon77200: First, ignore your brother. He's not an expert. Next, and this sounds odd, but have you tried a mint green concealer? Yes, it sounds strange, but if a yellowish concealer doesn't counteract the circles, a mint green one with light concealer over it, might. Try it out at your local cosmetics counter with a pale green eyeshadow. Also, ask the department store consultants how to camouflage those circles. Someone there might be able to give you some good tips.

Good luck!


I am a 15 year old girl and i eat healthy and i wash my face with hot water every night with soap, then i put this expensive cream and it never works.

I get like nine and a half hours of sleep on week days and 12 hours on weekends. Nothing seems to ever work, though. Is it because i am using "hot" water to wash my face instead of cold?

i am going to use the cucumbers and cut down on the salt and see if that works. If not i am doomed because makeup doesn't hide it -- it makes it look worse.

Anybody, if they can help me out because i am trying to impress this boy i really like and i can't looking like the living dead, because my skin is really pale so the circles look darker on me.

my brother says i look like a vampire with dark bruises under my eyes. Please help.


I have hereditary dark circles on my upper and lower lids that I've had all my life. I'm 32 and they are only getting worse! I'm just praying that in these times of new technologies there will one day be a cure.


It says caffeinated tea bags. Which one is it? The green tea bag or black (yellow) tea bag?


i am now 16 and i have had these dark circles ever since i was a child. i sleep for at least 12 hours a day possibly more. i have put make-up and concealer on and nothing works. i asked some members in my family and apparently they are hereditary but i want to get rid of them. Does anyone have any ideas?


The most annoying thing for me is that the rest of my skin is wonderful and i hate wearing makeup. if anyone has had surgery let me know how it went.


My dark circles are uneven. One eye is darker than the other. I think it's because of a few bruises and scar around the eyes that worsens it when my sister threw something at me.

I think dark circles are caused by the skin continuing to thin out and the blood veins seem to appear in certain location of the eye area. This is because I could feel a vein running on the side of my nose to the upper nose bridge.

Also, tweaking our eyes due to sinus problems could make it worse. Computers can be a problem. i suggest whenever we turn off our desktop computers (if we have one), we should also unplug the power cord because electricity still runs through it.


I have dark circles and i absolutely hate them, i look ill. i am 15 and i believe there hereditary but the members in my family said they went away when they were like, 10.


i have one way. it helped my black circles under my eyes. I'm only 11 but my sister who is 25 told me to do this: get sleep and put cucumber slices on eyes, then put cold water over eyes and then use this asian cream called fair and lovely then put that on eyes for 10 minutes then rub into eyes. i am doing that and every day my eyes are getting better so try it.


The only thing that worked for me was as couple of products from a company called Easy Eye Solutions. Like everyone else I tried all kinds of natural stuff and creams. I spent a lot of money on products that just didn't work.

A friend recommended the Easy Eye Solutions and I could see the difference in her eyes so I went for it. After only a couple of days I saw a big change. I have been using them for a about a month and my dark circles have almost completely vanished. I have my self confidence back!


Some people just think they're ugly and look for a way to cure it, but really no one is ugly. The mind just plays tricks on you at your most vulnerable stage in life. But really, every person sees your face differently. The real secret to beauty is confidence. --Nanesh!


I've had dark circles for years and they are not due to lack of sleep. I can sleep 12 hours a day for a week and they are still there.

I had been suffering from headaches, pressure in my forehead area, etc. My doctor told me that I have dust allergies and my circles are due in part to my sinuses being stuffed all the time.

He said that all types of allergies (hay fever, pet hair etc) can lead to dark circles.

He recommended steaming my sinuses once a day (in a hot shower or bath or by boiling water and putting a towel over my head) and using a neti pot. Most drugstores sell them. Even if I don't feel the need to blow my nose and I use the pot a lot of stuff still comes out (sorry, ew) and I can really feel a difference in my breathing.

I've started flushing my sinuses out before bed and when I wake up.

I'm also using NeoStrata dark circle night serum which I got at London Drugs. It was pretty expensive at about $40. I'm only a few weeks into using it so I can't give a good recommendation at the moment.

Finally, I am using breathe right nasal strips in bed. I am using them because I wanted to keep my nasal passages as open as possible during the night. I'm really liking them and am on my second package.

For the first time in forever I am waking up without a headache and am definitely noticing the color and size of my dark circles fading. I'm not sure if it is due to all of the things I've been doing combined or just one thing, but this is my little routine and I'm going to stick with it for awhile. Good luck!


i have darkness under my eyes and always have since i can remember! i can't get rid of them. i've tried the old home remedies but they won't work? i get lots of sleep and i eat healthy! any other tricks?


Anon49913, you can find stick concealer at almost any store that sells cosmetics. I think the Maybelline stick looks like the lipstick, but almost all the major lines have one. Avon does, too, I believe. The main thing is to get one that either matches or is slightly lighter than your skin color. The Pixi company also has a four-color palette called "Eye bright" that really works for my dark circles. Again, you want to match your skin tone as closely as possible.


I have really bad dark circles under my eyes. I have had them for as long as I can remember. I saw this girl using a concealer that looked just like lipstick, except for it was a tan, skin toned color. Any ideas where I can get one? I forgot to ask her when she had it and she moved away.


i am 17 and i have hereditary dark cirlces nd they won't go away. i've tried foundation and concealer that just makes them go grey. does anyone have a solution?


dark circles are rarely due to lack of sleep. this is just a common misconception. under eye bags are due to lack of sleep. one reason for having dark circles is leaking blood. This is normal and happens all around your body, however the skin under your eyes is the thinnest and therefore it becomes more noticeable. People (including me) with dark under eye circles usually have constant leaking of vessels which is why it shows even more on us. Think of a bruise. When you get hit hard by a solid object, it can leave a bruise. This is because the vessels have been traumatized and has caused the vessels to leak. You body undergoes what you may call a mopping up procedure which again is entirely normal. Its the same with you under eyes. Based on this the only real thing that can reduce it is make up, taking fish oil, taking vitamin c which can thicken skin and surgery (this is only for extreme cases and talk to you gp). Note: some remedies may work to some extent for some people, but for those who they do not work on. Follow this and hopefully you will see some improvement. Good luck.


I've had very dark purple circles under my eyes since I was eight. From age eight to ten I had trouble sleeping. now I'm thirteen and they are still there and still very dark. I sleep at least ten hours a night. I'm not sure why they are still there. I have a lot of stress in my life, if that could cause it. Can someone please help me!


I have had them really bad and dark looking nearly all my life until my tonsils were removed. I think mine are hereditary and I try to sleep at least 7 hours every night, on a bad/late bedtime day.


i started to get dark circles under my eyes at around 11 years old, i've still got them at the age of 13 and i really want to get rid of em cause they are driving me bonkers! i sleep well, probably 10 hours a night, exercise and tried beauty remedies that haven't started working yet. i'm scared that i might have them forever. Please help!


I have awful circles. I eat well and usually sleep well but they will not go away! My mom had them when she was a kid but got rid of them at about age 10 and I am older than that and they are still here! None of the remedies seem to work. Does anybody have a *working* solution?


I realize i've been eating a hell of a lot of salt in the past year or two so it's no wonder i've got dreadful skin - i never really realized that there could be a link between the two! im going to try to eat more fruit and veg (which i've been lacking in lately and i do realize an increase in my dark circles and bad skin) and i will see how i feel after 2 weeks and will get back to you. try it though - i want to be a nutritionist and i think it's crucial that you observe what you put in your body in order to get the results to crave. --

hannah t, glos.


Does anyone have some of their own ways to get rid of heredity dark circles?


I am a new visitor of this site. It is very interesting one. It is useful to newer generation also. Now the people interested in the beauty. They take lots of time in puts the cosmetics and dieting etc.





I have tried all of these remedies, in addition to random herb poultices and other remedies. Nothing has worked. I think that some of us just suffer from under eye circles and have to use makeup to hide them. It's a real bummer though - I would love for someone to come up with a remedy that works.

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