How to Remove Dark Circles

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5 Main Causes of Dark Circles

dark circles causes

You won't be able to get rid of dark circles UNLESS you know why you have them. For example… Cucumber slices over your eyes will not work for dark circles caused by aging and eye creams will not work for dark circles caused by allergies.

1. Bad Skin Care

The skin under your eyes is translucent & it's only .5mm thick compared to 2-to-3mm on the rest of your body. The dark circles you see are the blood vessels under your skin producing the unwanted darker tone. As you get older or age prematurely due to bad skin care… Your skin loses collagen making it even thinner, so your dark circles become more visible.

Solution: Anything to make your skin produce more collagen like AHA & adding Vitamin A, C, K, E to your diet.

2. Too Much Sun

Overexposure to the sun causes your body to produce more melanin which adds more color to your skin but the extra color to the already thinner skin of your eyes will only make it appear darker than other areas on your face.

Wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV or UV 400 protection or wear an eye sunscreen like SkinCeuticals Eye UV Defense to prevent this.


3. Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes will only make your dark circles look darker → 11 Ways to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes

4. Allergies

Allergies cause BOTH dark circles & puffy eyes.


5. Iron

If your diet is low in Iron, then not enough oxygenated blood will get to your eyes. In cases where it’s hard to figure out what exactly is causing your dark circles… Simply adding more iron to your diet will clear up any dark circles.

Your iron levels are more likely to be lower during pregnancy & menstruation. Avoid caffeine as it reduces the amount of iron your body can absorb.

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12 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles

dark circles home remedies

1. Use a Cold Tea Compress

Use a cold tea compress with rosemary tea bags to increase circulation to your eyes. Soak the tea bags in cold water and squeeze excess water from the tea bags and then place the bags over your eyes for 15 minutes.

Tip: Tea bags containing tannin will help decrease the amount of swelling and discoloration from under the eye area.

2. Use Cucumbers

Slice a few fresh cucumbers and place them in the refrigerator or freezer for an hour and then place the cool cucumber slices over your closed eyelids for 10 minutes. Other than the cold… Cucumbers remove dark circles by lightening up the skin.

3. Use Rose Water

Dip a cotton ball in rose water and apply under your eyes for 10 minutes. The rose water will penetrate the skin to soothe your tired eyes and soak up toxins causing dark circles.

4. Use Crushed Mint Leaves

Crushed Mint Leaves can be applied beneath the eyes for 20 minutes. The mint from the leaves provides a cool, tingling sensation to increase circulation.

5. Anything Cold

Placing anything cold on your eyes for 10-to-20 minutes will shrink the dilated blood vessels causing dark circles and the cold will also reduce the puffy eye bags.

The magic behind home remedies like tea bags, spoons & cucumbers is the COLD.

6. Nostril Cleansing

Spas in India use an all-natural nasal cleaner to get rid of dark circles. Tilt your head slightly and pour water in one nostril and the water will come out of the other nostril. This remedy will also make your skin extremely radiant.

7. Drink More Water

Drink at least 1-to-2 liters of water daily to flush out toxins causing dark circles & to prevent puffy eyes. Water also keeps your skin moist allowing vitamins to restore your skin → 18 Ways to Get a Flatter Stomach

8. Stinging Nettle

When allergies cause your dark circles… You can use natural antihistamines without any side effects of allergy medications like Stinging Nettle, Bromelain, Quercetin & Vitamin C

9. Acupressure

Acupressure is a natural Chinese remedy used for dark circles. Using your index finger, press very firmly against the bone just beneath your eyes and hold the pressure there for 3 seconds. You should repeat this process 10 times each morning to get rid of dark circles.

10. Vitamin C

Moisturizers with Vitamin C and Antioxidants will help support the collagen under your eyes. Dab the moisturizer on the delicate skin under your eyes instead of rubbing.

11. Vitamin K

Some cases of dark circles may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency of Vitamin K. Get a cream with Vitamin K and apply to the under eye area daily as it can help aid in the reduction of discoloration and swelling.

12. AHA

AHA or alpha hydroxy acids & Retinoids thicken up the thinner skin under your eyes so dark circles are less visible.

Don't Use Prep H

prep h dark circles

Yes, Prep H quickly shrinks the enlarged blood vessels under your eyes causing dark circles but it should only be used in emergencies because using it too often will make your skin thinner making your dark circles worse.

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1. Licorice Extract

2. Coconut Oil

3. Potato Remedy

4. Buttermilk

5. Nutmeg

6. Almond Oil

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7. Turmeric

8. Honey

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10 More Causes of Dark Circles

1. Smoking

3 ways smoking causes dark circles under the eyes.

  1. It destroys the collagen under your eyes making the skin there thinner, so your dark circles become easier to see.
  2. It makes your skin look duller, so your dark circles look much darker.
  3. It affects the quality of your sleep → Why sleep causes dark circles

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2. Rubbing Your Eyes

It's important not to rub your eyes as this can irritate the eyes and the capillaries found under the skin can break.

3. Nasal Congestion

When your nose in congested, the veins that drain the eyes cannot do their job so dark circles occur. You can fix this with Sudafed or a natural decongestant

4. Alcohol

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5. Your Laptop

Staring at TV or computer screen for a long time strains the blood vessels around your eyes making them larger. The larger blood vessels make your eyes darker.

Make sure to take small breaks (even if means just looking away for 30 seconds) every hour when on your computer to prevent this.

6. A, C, E, K

You're more likely to develop dark circles at any age without enough of these 'look younger' Vitamins in your diet. Vitamins are needed to produce enough collagen to keep the skin under your ages thick enough to hide any dark circles.

7. Makeup

The makeup you're using may cause an allergic reaction where you'll damage your eyes with all the rubbing and scratching. Leaving on irritating makeup at night will only cause your dark circles to get worse.

You should obviously use a new kind of makeup if your eyes are looking terrible with the current makeup you're using. You also don't want to 'rub off' our makeup and use a gentle makeup remover instead.

8. Medications

Some medications can add darker color to your eyes, dilate blood vessels and/or increase eye puffiness.

9. Stress

Stress & fatigue doesn't directly cause dark circles but… It can lead to pale skin making dark circles more visible → CHILL OUT → 100 Ways to Reduce Stress

10. Your Face

If you were born with deeply set eyes, then the shadows it creates will only make it seem like you have dark circles. The only way to fix this is with fillers

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There are 37 comments

I’d like to have glowing skin. I don’t use drugs, drink rarely, don’t have many wrinkles, but I’m always taken for older than 50. My skin is very sensitive so I can’t use peels or acids. Any ideas would be great. Thanks!

July 17, 2018


Pour water into one nostril and it will come out of the other?? Are you serious? First of all, ouch. Secondly, may also just go into your sinuses, make you feel like you're drowning, and then on down your throat!

July 03, 2018


I'm 52 yeard old with dark circles under my eyes so bad it looks as if I've been beaten. I've tried the tips listed but nothing has helped diminish them in the slightest. I've tried numerous concealers however on my very pale skin they appear cakey with an orange tint no matter what shade I use. I've been plagued with these ghastly marks since my late twenties when I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. Any suggestions you could offer would be so appreciated!

November 23, 2015


Heyyy... im 18 n I have deep dark circles... sinces 12 I had rub ice under my eyes more than 2 weeks... bt I didn't see any result n even tried potato slice under eyes.... can any1 help me plz... or shld I consult a doctor....!!!?

June 10, 2015

Charity Chan

DermalMD Serum is honestly my ultimate favorite beauty product I've ever owned. It gives that full coverage look, it highlights, primes, conceals. It's nice and cool, the color blends perfectly with my skin it lasts me throughout school, I definitely recommend this produ

April 28, 2015

David Parker

The DermalMD Under Eye Treatment serum helps conceal those dark circles. I am a business professional who sometimes loses sleep or deadlines and projects. Who likes waking up to those dark spot under your eyes? Trust me, this serum does the trick. Wasn't sticky and the bottle seems to last forever.

March 17, 2015

Lauri Remsen

eyerid serum is my first vitamin C serum and I am impressed at how it is improving my skin. Not only is it making it clearer, but it is also making it softer and smoother. Definitely recommend.

February 24, 2015


Actually my face is oily
wht should i do 2 get rid of tht :/

May 06, 2014


I'm using almond oil, coconut oil and tomato juice every night and I see no difference. I've tried different products from the Body Shop but nothing seems to work. I'm a 17 year old girl. Had them since I was 10. I take a balanced diet and keep myself hydrated throughout the day, but still no difference. Please help....

April 19, 2014


Hi I want to know how to get rude of dark circles under the eyes and I am just 12 OMG pleaaaaaaaaaaas help help!!!!! And the tea sack thing is that for dark circles or puffy eyes I need a answer pleeeaaaas.

August 26, 2013


Hiiiii every one!! I just have 1 question 2 ask.... for #10, how long do you have to put he washcloth on your face? Is there a time limmit or something?? Does the washcloth need to stay on your eyes until you wake up?? Please help me!! Thank you!!!

May 31, 2013


I am 21 yr old. Mere face pe bhut se chote chote spots h ur mere pure face ka colour ak jesa nhi h main Kya karu jo me apne age k jesi young dikhu. Plz help me....

May 16, 2013


I'm 14 years old and i have terrible dark circles. I'm always stressed and i hardly get enough sleep. I can't get rid of the stress and school work deprives me of sleep. What can I do please?

May 15, 2013


i'm ony 14 and i have such terrible dark circles. nothing is working out for me. pls someone tell me how to get rid of these dark circles as quickly as possible.

April 11, 2013



May 09, 2013


You have to sleep a lot more then you usily have to it worked for me in the fastes way so I hope it helps I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

August 26, 2013


I am about to try it. I am only mom said I need more sleep but I dont want to or I will miss my favorite show the bachelor.

March 22, 2013


Can any one suggest me? i am 19 years old .I have darkest circles under and on the eye .i didn't get any result even though i followed all some suggestions spelled above.and also tried garnier eye role.Please suggest me with a good tip for better result

March 12, 2013


Can any one suggest me? i am 19 years old .I have darkest circles under and on the eye .i didn't get any result even though i followed all suggestions spelled above.and also tried garnier eye role.Please suggest me with a good tip for better result

March 09, 2013


this is an good article because people are participating in comments ,.. join me here my id to share your experiance may it help me and you also :)

March 05, 2013


Ok ..I reduced my puffiness(for boys) by aloe vera .., In the morning first wash your face with a good facewash will cleanse the skin ..and then apply aloe vera gel (cut a branch from the plant and apply that gel directly on your face ) .... put it on for 20 mins. and you will see the results in just 1 week really works will also remove any kind of pimples as aloe vera is an antiseptic .... hope this may help :

January 26, 2013


Hiya everyone. I'm 13 and have dark circles under my eyes i really hate them and need to find a solution some tips that i found where:
Put 2 spoons in the fridge overnight for an hour anything like that[it needs to be cold] and then put the spoons on your eyes for like around half a minute to ten seconds. because its cold ur eyes will look puffy for short while but then the dark circles puffyness and bags will disapear worked forme xx p.s can som1 pls reply because [thats just a quick fix]i want to replenish my eyes with things i can find in my house please thx. Peace &Love

December 12, 2012


I'm thirteen too and I have puffy dark circles under my eyes. Do the spoons have to have a special creme or does it have to have water or some mashed fruit on it? If not is it O.K. to have those things on it?

January 10, 2013


When i put the spoons in the freezer i don't apply anything to the spoons . I leave the spoons in for about half an hour.take the spoons out and hold one to each eye. I do this until the spoons are warm.
I am also thirteen and dark circles suck!

BYE! =]

August 07, 2015

Hi all, i've got the same problem with dark circles around my eyes and underneath, i've had that problem since i was 18 and i'm now 28 and its still there, its not just down to no sleep, stress can cause it to, if you have both problems stress/no sleep, its the worse thing ever, i've had both, if you don't sort the stress problems out it will affect your sleep and your dark circles won't go away and if you smoke cannibis it will not help as it effects the eyes so don't smoke sort your issues out and get plenty of sleep, try some natural creams and give it a month or 2 and you should see results, in some people it is in the jeans which cannot be helped only by makeup

October 02, 2012


I look very dull,ugly because of dark circles under my eyes.I used potato but it doesn't gives any resolution.My age is 24.I hava this problem since 16.please help me to recover this problem.

August 16, 2012


These are all great tips and this is the first article I have came across with all of these key ingredients that are great for puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. I did however found a product that has most of these ingredients in there, it has chamomile, aloe, rose water,hyaluronic acid and collagen. I have been using it for a few months and have seen good results so far especially the puffiness, went down completely. Oh ya it is an eye mask called eye rid, was cheap, eye rid .com

August 11, 2012


im 12 and dark circles like run in the family and when i take of my glasses i look so ugly because of my eyes i hate them plz help!!!!!!

July 23, 2012


how to reduce undereye dark circles naturally and kindly let me know and home made remedy to get glowing skin

July 19, 2012

priyanka dumane

i am a 16 age girl and i have so mane pimples,black head and dark mark of pimple nd also dark circles under eyes on my face,i have done many home treatment but nothing works,please tell me a good way to remove pimples blck head,dark spots nd dark that i could get clear face...

July 17, 2012


Ok what i do is i use salt water twice a day and rinse my face with it...and i also put toothpaste on the pimples/blackheads/blemishes/etc... And it has been working out for me i had acne everywhere b4 but now i only have two pimples and i dont have dark circles anymore and a thing for the dark circles is drink water cut down on salt and get enough sleep now as for the other thins just try wht i do and with the toothpaste leave it on at night while u sleep or for atleast 30-45 min but dont use gel toothpaste just use normal kind....hope this helped....

August 01, 2012


Dear Priyanka Dumane

I am a fourteen year old girl. And luckily I did not have the same problem. But my older brother was covered with zits and pimples, it was so bad that he started to get them in his ears. So I heard to get rid of them, was to mix vinegar and salt. And we tried it on him and it work we did it every night and every night his face was getting clearer. The first time we did it it burned him, because his pores were opening. And now 2months went by and his face was clear.good luck I really hope you try it.;)

January 01, 2013


try mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/4 cup of warm milk. Use a cotton ball and apply to your face. then rinse it off after. it will make your skin clearer.

January 09, 2013


i love these.they are really useful.thank you adrian.

March 03, 2012


how to lose dark circle home remains?

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