Are Your Dark Circles a Cause for Worry?



Whenever you step out of your home sporting a pair of dark circles around your eyes, you will always come across at least one person who says, “You look so tired…” What they are actually saying is that they suspect you of being ill or staying up late drinking the previous night! Dark circles are normally a by-product of stress, but may be caused by lack of sleep or even a poor diet.

However, if you realise that the dark circles around your eyes do not go away despite diligent remedial measures, it is time for medical attention. As harmless as they seem, dark circles are actually an indicator of something amiss on the inside. While the cause may be as straightforward as lack of sleep, it could even be as serious as hypothyroidism.

The known causes for dark circles are stress, diet lacking in vitamins and minerals, anaemia, genetic and hereditary causes, allergic reaction, excess alcohol or tobacco consumption, skin pigmentation issues, lack of adequate blood supply to the eye region, long illness, substance abuse, tanning, excess salt intake and ageing.

However, certain disorders like hypothyroidism, mononucleosis, periorbital cellulitis, liver disease, kidney failure and melanin imbalance can also cause dark circles.

You can try a variety of remedial measures ranging from natural cures (using kitchen ingredients) to cosmetic fillers to conceal the discolouration. However, unless the cause of your dark circles is hereditary, there is certainly a cure. The trick is to find the underlying cause and address it. Several people report discovering a serious illness after asking their doctor to treat their dark circles. Any discolouration on the skin anywhere on the body should be treated with caution, and dark circles around the eyes are no exception.

Too often, we dismiss dark circles as a product of a wrong lifestyle. Going to the root of the matter can even save one’s health. Dark circles never appear in isolation – if they are the result of an illness, they will be accompanied by other symptoms like dull or bloodshot eyes, thinning or falling of hair, dry skin and tougher nails. Consult an experienced dermatologist who will view the problem in totality. Remember, if you have dark circles, you have an undetected health issue that must be eliminated at once.


Manali Hishikar

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