Dark Eye Circles, Dark Eye Circles, Arcadia Plastic Surgeon Dr George Sun

Dark Eye Circles

A lot of us are familiar with that panda-like shadow underneath our eyes. Dark eye circles are periorbital hyperpigmentation, seen as dark areas around the eyelids.

The causes of dark eye circles are multiple:
  • Genetics: some individuals have a curved band of dark pigmentation on the lower eyelid skin
  • Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation: irregular pigmentation due to eyelid skin inflammation and skin textural changes
  • Capillaries and veins: weakened capillaries in the presence of thinning skin are most likely the most common cause of dark eye circles
  • Shadows: depression caused by tear troughs can create shadows, thus an illusion of darkness.
  • Other reasons: thin skin, dryness, aging, hormonal changes, nutritional status, seasonal allergy, UV radiation are all other miscellaneous causes as well.