Are you distressed and troubled with the dark blemishes under your eyes? Well, you are one among the many who share this very common dermatological complain.
Dark circles are prevalent on all skin colours and types. They bring about a chronically fatigued look, or make you appear older than you actually are.
The causes range from fatigue, vitamin deficiency, hyper pigmentation, allergies, atopic dermatitis (eczema) to dilated blood vessels that sit close to the under-eye skin. Airborne allergens and some medications can also worsen the appearance.
Nasal congestion also dilates and darkens the veins that drain from eyes to nose. The commonly known eye bags or the puffiness under the eyes are a result of the combined effect of inflammation, chronic sun damage and the downward pull of gravity on under eye circles.
These dark circles sometimes indicate circulatory problems, kidney and liver malfunction and deficiency of Vitaman K.
The treatment of dark circles depends on what is causing it. At Oliva Advanced Hair and Skin Clinics, a variety of treatments is available and most are relatively non-invasive.
A multimodal approach may be required, simple remedies like catching up on sufficient amount of sleep, taking vitamin and mineral supplements, quitting smoking and alcohol can be a good adjunct in reducing dark circles.
Saline rinsing of sinuses or over-the-counter saline spray can help relieve nasal congestion.
But home remedies are usually ineffective on genetic dark circles which often worsen if left untreated as they are not powerful enough to alter skin’s chemistry.
Specifically designed OTC under eye creams containing Vitamin E, Vitamin C or Chamomile are available but persistent dark circles require medical treatment with dermatologists.
Prescription strength medications or chemical peels are among the non-invasive treatments. “Chemical peels are effective in rejuvenating skin around the eyes by exfoliating damaged upper layers of skin to reveal new, healthier skin.
The latest, effective and soothing peel for dark circles is argi peel which contains Arginine, lactic acid, allantoin and aloevera. Arginine is an amino acid derived from brown sugar which boosts collagen, increases elasticity, and moisturises skin.
Lactic acid is a mild AHA, which exfoliates and lightens skin, allantoin and aloevera help in skin soothing and regeneration.
Laser resurfacing and intense pulse light treatments are good options because they can reduce or eliminate the appearance of prominent veins and capillaries.
Patients with more severe cases of puffiness and loose upper or lower eyelids may want to seek out surgical alternatives including Blepheroplasty at this clinic.
The facial fat loss experienced with aging can be treated by injectable fillers or fat grafting.
Using a daily moisturiser with sunscreen, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of iron and Vitamin K, and getting enough sleep will help in preventing raccoon look and help you to shine through!!!
So smile as the skin experts and dermatologists at the clinic will guide you with a successful treatment, determined after a thorough assessment of the causes of dark circles and also steer the way with preventive regimes.