When the flowers start blossoming, your eyes might start watering. Unfortunately, all that irritation can lead to darker circles. According to New Orleans-based dermatologist Dr. Lauren Eckert Ploch, "Seasonal allergies like pollen, grass, and dander can worsen dark circles because that causes inflammation in your sinuses. This congestion enlarges the blood vessels around your eyes, which creates a bluish tint."
Ploch added, "Fluid can also accumulate in this area. This leads to puffiness that can make adjacent areas appear sunken or sallow."
The solution can be found in your drugstore — but not in the beauty aisle. "I recommend oral antihistamines once or twice daily during allergy season," Ploch said. She also explained that sleeping with the head slightly elevated may also decrease fluid accumulation around the eye area. Meanwhile, Batra said that a humidifier can also help, as it hydrates and soothes swollen blood vessels.
Whatever you do, keep your hands away from your eyelids. "Avoid rubbing the eyes, as this can further increase redness and pigmentation around the eyes. Many eye creams claim to help with symptoms, but the results are usually temporary unless the cream is used long-term. My favorite eye cream (and the one that I personally use) is Skinceuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex ($97)," Ploch said.