Why Do I Have Dark Circles Under My Eyes?

Why Do I Have Dark Circles Under My Eyes?

Dark circles among men and women are a common occurrence, and have several different reasons as to why they may occur. Many people wonder, “Why do I have dark circles around my eyes?” While most people think they are a result of not getting enough sleep, this is just one of the many reasons why dark circles may be present.

Dark circles can also be different hues based on your skin color. Variations of black, dark brown, blue, or purple are all considerations. Individuals with darker skin tones usually have hyperpigmentation and also suffer from dark circles under the eyes. In many instances, lifestyle changes (like smoking or stress) can also contribute to dark circles appearing, as well as changes within your diet, hereditary factors, medical factors, and more. In most cases, dark circles under the eyes are not a cause for concern because it’s not usually related to a medical condition. For most people, it is a distasteful appearance under the eyes that alludes to looking tired, aged or even stressed.

In this article we’ll explore the most common reasons why dark circles occur and some ingredients to lighten them.

Causes of Dark Circles

  1. Age
  2. Sun Damage
  3. Genetics
  4. Sleep Deprivation
  5. Allergies
  6. Dehydration


As you age, it’s natural to see more dark circles because your skin is starting to get thinner by losing collagen and elastin (a protein found in the dermis layer of the skin that allows the skin to stretch). You can also begin losing more elastin with a change in poor diet, increased sun exposure or even smoking. Women’s estrogen levels begin to decline around age 40, resulting in thinner skin that’s more vulnerable to damage. The loss of that fatty tissue under the eyes creates dark circles faster than normal.

Sun Damage

Exposure to the sun can increase melanin production beneath your eyes. Since the skin under your eyes is thinner than other parts of your face, the skin is more susceptible to changing colors. The blood vessels closest to the skin will swell and appear more visible as you spend more time under the sun. We recommend using a sunscreen every day with zinc or titanium oxide as the only active ingredient as they are more gentle on your under eye and protect against harmful UV damage.


Many people ask, “Why do I always have dark circles under my eyes?” If your family has a history of dark circles underneath the eyes, chances are you may have inherited that as well. You will start seeing this from a young age, which gets worse over time. There are also some genetic medical conditions that will add to having dark circles under the eye.

Sleep Deprivation

Lack of sleep is definitely one reason for dark circles. When you aren’t sleeping regularly, this causes a dilation of the blood vessels, increasing blood flow in that area that is noticeable through dark circles. Staying up too late on a consistent basis, or extreme fatigue can cause the skin to become pale, forming dark circles.


When the tissue in your nasal cavities swell from allergies, they create a pool of blood underneath your eyes that appear as dark circles or even bruises. This is referred to as periorbital venous congestion or allergic shiners. Additionally, when the eyes are dry, dark circles can emerge, especially if your eyes are sensitive and you’ve been rubbing or scratching the skin. Not only does this cause swelling, but you’ll also damage some blood vessels, resulting in dark circles.


The body demonstrates its need in different ways. If you aren’t drinking enough water, the skin under your eyes starts looking sunken or dull. When that occurs, dark circles start to emerge. Increasing your water intake can help in preventing dark circles and puffiness around the eye area.


Ingredients to Diminish Dark Circles

There are home remedies that have been suspected to help get rid of dark circles, but using science-backed skincare products that have specific healing properties is key. There are three main products that can help alleviate dark circles:
  • Hyaluronic Acid- Known to help the skin rehydrate and produce a more plump appearance, hyaluronic acid works well in masking dark circles. As dehydration is a symptom of dark circles, this helps with rejuvenation and restoring youthfulness to the eye area.
  • ac-11®- A better alternative to retinol, ac-11® is derived from Uncaria tomentosa plants in the Amazon and is used in anti-aging formulas to stimulate cell turnover and DNA repair. When used under the eyes, it helps restore the skin, making dark circles not as noticeable.
  • Peptides- Peptides are used to help with restoring the skin. Because the skin is so thin under the eyes, that blood makes the area look darker. Peptides stimulate the skin to increase collagen and elastic production, making the under eye appear fuller to hide dark spots.

Using the right products can make a tremendous difference in the presentation of dark circles under the eyes. There are tons of products on the market, but knowing which one is right for you and the products you should be looking for without having to do too much research makes a difference.

Revinia®’s Products to Treat Dark Circles

Eye Repair Treatment

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Revinia’s anti-aging skincare products are natural and scientifically proven to help with reducing dark circles. Loaded with hyaluronic acid, lifting agents and ac-11®, the Eye Repair Treatment helps brighten skin, reduce puffiness and dark circles. This potent serum is designed to work with your body to reduce wrinkles as well. Good for all skin types, this advanced blend of ingredients replaces any other retinol products you may be using. Effects of the eye treatment can be seen over a 90-day period. For more effective results, using the Anti-Wrinkle Serum and Night Repair Cream can also assist.

These are all ingredients designed to make a difference in the removal of dark circles. If you’re still wondering ‘Why do I have dark circles under my eyes?’ reach out to our team for more information.

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