Dark eye circles are a common condition that can have an unwanted effect on your appearance. While many factors such as allergies or lack of sleep can contribute to dark eye circles, genetics is also believed to play a role in the development of this condition. The area around the eyes tends to be more fragile and prone to darkening due to its thinness, so individuals with naturally thinner skin tend to experience darker under-eye circles than those with thicker skin. This can vary from person to person – some may only notice dark circles after minimal rest while others may never experience them even if they do not get enough sleep. Genetics, such as eye colour and ethnicity, also determines how dark post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will be, with those belonging to an ethnic group where dark circles are more common usually experiencing darker under-eye circles than those with lighter eyes.

 

Though dark eye circles can be genetic, there are still ways to reduce their visibility and enjoy a brighter looking complexion. A good skincare routine featuring products designed specifically for dark circles can help minimise their appearance over time by brightening up the under-eye area. Drinking plenty of water and using a moisturiser tailored for sensitive skin can also keep the area hydrated and reduce darkening caused by dehydration. Applying sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with UV rays is important too, as exposure to sunlight can darken post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation even further. Combining these lifestyle changes with aesthetic treatments such as laser therapy can further reduce the visibility of dark circles – though genetic dark circles tend to be more resistant to treatments, a tailored approach based on your skin type and lifestyle habits can still make a difference.

 

No matter what causes them, dark eye circles can have an unwanted effect on your appearance. By taking into account the genetic factors that play a part in determining their darkening, as well as making sure you are taking good care of your skin and leading a healthy lifestyle, you will be able to reduce their visibility and enjoy a brighter looking complexion.