What causes Under Eye Bags?
One of the most common causes of dark under eye bags is not enough sleep. Surprisingly, too much sleep can also cause them. If either of these are the cause, the solution is simply to increase the amount of sleep you get or decrease it according to your particular circumstances.
For most people, the optimum amount of sleep is 6 to 8 hours. Adjusting the amount of sleep you get to meet your particular needs will alleviate the dark circles under your eyes.
Too little iron or deficiencies in other vitamins is also a common cause of dark circles under the eyes.
Since different people can have deficiencies in different vitamins and/or minerals, you should check with your doctor to determine what supplements and/or diet changes will resolve your problem. Blood tests may be able to determine which vitamins or minerals you need to supplement.
When you have a cold, the flu or any other illness, dark under eye bags are quite common and will usually go away on its own. Getting sufficient rest, fluids and a good diet, avoiding refined sugars and carbohydrates will help you recover from the illness and fade those dark circles.
Too much alcohol will always give dark shadows as the body becomes dehydrated.
Allergies can also cause dark under eye bags and circles. In addition to rest, fluids and good diet, treating the allergy symptoms will help fade the dark circles.
Certain ethnic groups, such as those of Indian descent, and people who have had facial laser treatments, chemical peels, and such can often have hyperpigmentation. This occurs when excessive melanin accumulates under the eyes.
This can be treated using Hydroquinone or Kojic acid as they can lighten the skin in people who have hyperpigmentation. It is often used to reduce the visible melanin in the skin before laser treatments to reduce the likelihood of postoperative hyperpigmentation.
Some medications, such as Retin A, can cause too many superficial blood vessels to become visible under the eyes. Though you don’t want to eliminate all the vessels, many of them can be minimized or removed with intense pulsed light or a number of different laser treatments.
Other causes of visible blood vessels under the eyes are general fat loss, age related fat loss, skin that becomes thinner due to aging, superficial blood vessels or thinness that is hereditary. When fat is lost in the face, whether it is from aging or any other reason, a hollow, sunken look can result with blood vessels being more apparent and causing a darkness to appear under the eyes.
Treatment for these conditions can include injecting catalysts and fillers, such as Restylane or Sculptra, or fat-grafting. With any treatment involving any type of surgery, whether it is laser surgery or any other type of surgery, there are risks involved. The same holds true with anything being injected, even fat taken from another area of your body or applied topically.
The first step in minimizing risks is to make sure you consult with a qualified, reputable physician for treatment. Topical treatments can cause burning, peeling, redness and swelling in some people.
Injection treatments and laser surgery can also cause swelling, bruising and tenderness or pain. Both injections and topical treatments can cause an allergic reaction in some people. With many of these treatments, a patient will be advised to avoid exposure to sunlight as much as possible.
How do you get rid of these dark under eye bags and shadows?
However, whatever the reason for dark under eye circles, there is an immediate way to cover them, whether it is just until another treatment is done or as your only treatment and this is using a cream such as Dr. Michelle Copeland Ageless Under Eye Concealer Light
Cosmetics can be used to cover the dark circles by using a yellow base to offset the blue skin tones. This can be a very effective way to conceal those ugly dark circles under your eyes.
Drinking plenty of water will hydrate the body and help to fill out hollows under the eyes and reduce the darkness.