Dark circles and under-eye bags develop when the fat beneath the lower lids protrudes and the muscle becomes loose. When you add excessive drinking, sun exposure, lack of sleep, and eating too much salt, it can only make matters worse.
Whether the result of genetics, a medical condition, or allergies, the best way to combat dark circles and under-eye bags is by replacing volume and using products that reduce pigmentation.
If you turn to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for a solution, he or she may decide to start with hyaluronic acid injectables, which fill in hollows to give the illusion of fewer bags while also diminishing the look of shadows. You may also find a prescription for Retin-A useful, as well as a product with growth factors to thicken the thinning skin around the eyes.
Another method of treating dark circles is with conservative use of hydroquinone, which may be irritating to some. Chemical peels, IPL (intense pulsed light), or fractional CO2 lasers can also help tighten the under-eye area.
Ultimately, if your under-eye bags are especially bothersome and challenging to improve, you may want to deal with them surgically: lower blepharoplasty.
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