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What's the Deal With: Dark Circles Under My Eyes

What's the Deal With: Dark Circles Under My Eyes

I have always blamed the dark circles under my eyes on my children, since my dear ones wake me up during the night and very early in the morning. Thanks to the Mayo Clinic, my girls are off the hook.

It seems that those dark circles are most commonly caused by nasal congestion - who knew? When your nose is congested, veins that usually drain from your eyes into your nose become widened (dilated) and therefore darker.

Dark circles can also be caused by sleep - how ironic. Eyelids can swell while sleeping, since you are lying down, gravity can cause fluid to collect in your lower eyelids. This swelling may add to the appearance of shadows below your eyes. Unfortunately, there also seems to be a genetic component since they run in families.

So I guess using a neti pot might help more than my sinuses. It might also help with those darn dark circles.

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BKNYGal BKNYGal 10 years
mine are genetic. My dad has them. I hate them. I do all I can to make them go away or conceal them. Grrrr...
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Nasal congestion? Wow! I have had them since I was a kid...does that mean I've been congested for decades? LOL
littlehippymomma littlehippymomma 10 years
i've also heard that in acupuncture, under the eyes reflects the state of the liver. so if you are on medications or taking drugs, they will swell up with fluid. i'm assuming when the liver gets backed up, that area does as well. -well-fed hippy alien
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i always thought it was genetic.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
huh, I thought it was because the skin under my eyes was so thin.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I always see that picture for an ad for under eye stuff and it makes me laugh because those are the fakest most over the top dark circles I have ever seen
sashak sashak 10 years
really! I just posted a blog asking about good under eye conceler! these are all such good tips.
vigilante vigilante 10 years
Nasal congestion. As if that's what it is! And it makes perfect sense too, I've been stuffed up lately and wondering why I look like a raccoon in the morning. Guess I'm going to have to break down and try that Neti pot. I've got one, haven't tried it. It just looks so...weird.
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