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Dark Circles under Eye

I am looking for treatment for my under eye dark circles(non- hereditary) which had developed over a period of past 5 years because of sneezing allergy (non genetic and now its cured completely after leaving Bangalore) and watery eyes. Suggest some permanent solutions apart from natural ones.
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Dr. Arun Rajan
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The reason for your dark circles is usually multifactorial an may not be only due to allergy, although that is one of the reasons. Dark circles are a reflection of an unhealthy lifestyle. 1) Sleep for 8 hours everyday. Inadequate sleep and tiredness is the single most important and the most common cause. But don't overdo it because oversleeping can also cause it. 2)Inadequate hydration and a diet which is not balanced will cause dark circles. Inadequate nutrition can cause anemia which in turn is another cause. 3)Uncorrected refractive error 4)Excessive rubbing of eyes increases dark circles 5) Stress or anxiety 6)smoking and alcohol consumption. Smoking causes the skin under your eyes to wrinkle due to loss of collagen. Alcohol causes dehydration. 7)caffeine consumption accentuates dark circles due to sleep deprivation. 8) Try to sleep on your back. Sleeping on your stomach may cause fluid retention under your eyes which causes dark circles 9) Newer studies are correlating Vitamin D deficiency (which is rampant in Indians) with dark circles. Get your Vitamin D3 level checked immediately and take supplements if necessary. This is a cause many people overlook and there is a very good chance that you may have it.
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Hello some times dark circles appear due to allergy, nutritional deficiency etc. There is no sure shot treatment for this. 1. eat balanced diet 2. sleep properly 3. meditate
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Dr. Harsha
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Hi there.. as you know there are many causes dark circles like hereditary, contact dermatitis, vascular abnormalities, bony structure, nutritional deficiency. It is important to find the cause because few types of dark circles are recalcitrant to treatment. Creams like kojic acid can be used (very carefully, without applying very close to eyes) to treat dark circles. But there are chances of recurrence on exposure to sunlight. Consult a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment.
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