The most common cause of dark circles is the natural aging process. As you age your skin loses fat and collagen, and your skin thins. This makes the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more prominent leading to dark circles. Dark circles are very similar to bruised skin and can be quiet unsightly.

Dark circles under the lower eyelids are common in both men and women and especially when accompanied by under eye bags can make you appear older than you are.

Also, as people age, they often develop puffy eyelids or hollows under their eyes. These physical changes cast shadows that appear as dark circles under the eyes.

Other than age what other reasons are there for developing dark circles under your eyes?

Although dark circles under your eyes are an inevitable affect of the aging process, there are other causes as well, including:

  • Tiredness
  • Allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  • contact dermatitis
  • Non-white ethnic groups (darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation around the eye area)
  • Other pigmentation irregularities
  • Scratching or rubbing eyes
  • Overexposure to sunlight
  • Genetics
  • Dehydration

Home remedies for dark circles under eyes fast fixes

There are some home treatments that may help reduce or disguise dark circles under eyes. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Apply a cold compress
  • Get extra sleep
  • Elevate your head while sleeping
  • Soak with tea bags
  • Conceal with makeup

Medical treatments for black around the eyes

Some medical treatments can reduce the appearance of dark circles; these can offer an effective and permanent solution although they can also be painful and expensive. Some of the more common methods include:

  • Chemical peels to reduce pigmentation
  • Laser surgery to resurface the skin and enhance skin tightening
  • Medical tattoos to inject pigment into thinning skin areas
  • Tissue fillers to conceal blood vessels and melanin that are causing skin discoloration beneath your eyes.
  • Fat removal to remove excess fat and skin, revealing a smoother and more even surface
  • Surgical implants of fat or synthetic products

Topical Prickly Pear Seed Oil for Dark Circles under eyes

Prickly pear seed oil is one of the most effective topical treatments for dark circles, it has powerful ingredients and is a very light oil that is quickly and easily absorbed. It doesn’t leave an unsightly oily residue and you can easily apply makeup soon after applying prickly pear seed oil.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K helps promote blood coagulation and circulation and since poor circulation is known to increase the appearance of dark circles then it’s clear that adding vitamin K topically will help to lighten the circles under your eyes. Many eye creams contain vitamin K for this reason.

Dark circles are like bruises and much of the skin discoloration during bruising is the result of blood leaking out of damaged blood vessels and surfacing to the skin. Vitamin K helps coagulate the leaking blood to reduce the bruising.

Vitamin E

As we age, skin loses its tone and becomes thinner, making blood vessels below the eyes more visible and causing dark circles. Lack of skin hydration is another problem which can cause the skin to thin and allow the blood vessels to show through.

Vitamin E is a powerful moisturizer that protects and plumps the skin cells making the skin more opaque and therefore brighter

Melanine (the dark pigment in the skin) is another well known cause of dark circles and Vitamin E has been shown to be effective in inhibiting the production of melanin.

Vitamin E also counteracts the affect of UV radiation such as abnormal cell development and premature aging, this is really important as overexposure to sunlight is a common cause of dark circles.

Essential fatty acids

As the structure of the face changes and the orbital fat pad thins out, fat and tissue in under eye area starts to droop and sag, causing hollowing and shadowing.

Because prickly pear oil is rich in Linoleic and Oleic fatty acids, it can help replenish and strengthen the skin under the eye, reducing the hollowing affect and improving the appearance of the under eye area.


Studies have shown that Zinc can have certain skin whitening benefits and it’s also useful in strengthening your connective tissue helping to support the skin structure around your eyes and reducing the hollowing effect of aging.