What are Dark Circles?

Dark circles are characterised as dark purple or pigmented skin around the eyes, especially the under eye. They can be exacerbated by lines, wrinkles and thinning skin.

What are the common causes of Dark Circles?

  • Tiredness – this is the most common cause, if you don’t get enough sleep it causes the dark circles to get worse causing you to look tired
  • Diet – having a bad diet, including drinking a lot of caffeine and not enough water can be contributing factors
  • Skin thinning – this is natural with ageing, the thinning skin can result in the muscle under the eye being visible through the skin and resulting in it looking worse
  • Pigmentation – most commonly seen in darker skin types, this can be hereditary but the previous causes can lead to them appearing worse.

Every skin condition is different and can be influenced by many factors so we would always recommend an initial consultation where a full skin analysis will be performed to determine the correct treatment plan to fit your goals, budget and lifestyle.

While we can get a reduction in dark circles it is important to understand that it is unlikely they will be completely removed so realistic expectations are important.

With over 20 years combined experience in the Aesthetic industry, we have seen all severities of dark circles and have equipped ourselves with the right tools to manage most conditions. We are considered the best skin clinic in Kenilworth and one of the best skin clinics in Warwickshire so you can be rest assured that you are in safe hands.

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Dark Circles FAQs

It is pretty much impossible to completely get rid of dark circles but you can improve the appearance of them, treatment will depend on the cause of your dark circles. These can include; thinning of the skin, pigmentation, genetics, loss of fat (hollowness), tiredness and dehydration.

Dark circles may come and go but this is dependent on factors such as genetics. If this is the case they tend to be more permanent and require medical grade treatments and skincare to improve their appearance.

Vitamin deficiencies that can be associated with dark circles are vitamins E, D, K, A and B12.

Unfortunately there is no quick fix when it comes to dark circles, medical aesthetic treatments can be performed but these require yearly maintenance and a regimented skincare routine. Fillers, laser treatments and chemical peels are best for more effective longer term results, but these treatments will initially require more than one session.

Other factors will contribute to this; the other causes are ageing, genetics and allergies. If you are not sure of the cause it is best to book in for a consultation with an Aesthetician who can perform an in-depth skin analysis and assess the dark circles to advise on the best treatment plan.

Resurfacing treatments, tear trough filler and medical grade skincare can all be treatment options depending on the cause and severity of the dark circles. It is important to have realistic expectations however as no treatment will completely irradiate the dark circles, the aim is to reduce the appearance of them.

Yes, using well formulated skincare products will lead to consistent and incremental improvements in the appearance of dark circles. During your consultation we will carry out a thorough skin analysis and talk through the best skincare products to target and improve your specific dark circle concerns.

NO! Vaseline is just used to lock in moisture, it will not treat or repair dark circles. With continued use it can lead to a build up of vaseline being collected in sacks under the skin which would then need to be surgically removed. We would never advise anyone to apply vaseline around their eyes or onto their skin.

  • Lack of sleep or poor sleeping habits
  • Allergies (hay fever, dust)
  • Hyperpigmentation (when body produces too much melanin)
  • Reduced levels of fat around eyes leading to hollowness
  • Ageing
  • Smoking
  • Inherited genes
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Anaemia from iron deficiency

It’s hard to indicate an exact timeframe, but with correctly performed and spaced treatments, you should notice a visible reduction within around 3-6 months.

  • Do keep hydrated
  • Do ensure your getting adequate sleep each night
  • Do wear spf factor 50
  • Do wear good quality sun glasses
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t go to sleep wearing makeup
  • Don’t keep rubbing your eyes

Yes, pigmented dark circles can be caused by genetics. Hereditary dark circles are caused by a gene inherited from a parent.

While drinking is essential for your overall health, including skin health, there is no definitive research supporting the claim that drinking water will reduce dark circles.

They develop under the eye area and appear as dark black/ brown or blue/ purple depending on skin tone, dark circles make the eye area look dull, tired and appear sunken.

  • Improve sleep pattern
  • Use a pigment regulating eye cream/serum
  • Keep hydrated
  • Always wear an SPF 50
  • Wear sunglasses when in direct sunlight

Prices will vary based upon your location, the quality of the machine being used and the experience of your practitioner. Head to our price list to see pricing of our HydraFacial perk eye upgrade treatment or book a consultation with us to discuss our medical grade skincare options for dark circles.