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Dark Eye Circles

A common, typically harmless condition resulting in darker skin beneath the eyes.

What is it?

Dark under-eye circles, also referred to as periorbital hyperpigmentation, is a common issue where the skin beneath the eye is darker than the rest of the skin on your face. These circles emerge due to factors like aging, sun damage, sleep deprivation, stress, genetics or specific health conditions like allergies or kidney disorders. Typically, they present an illusion of tiredness, poor health or premature aging. For these reasons, some patients seek treatment to minimize their visibility for aesthetic purposes.


Dark circles under your eyes can also be a sign of an underlying health issue. While uncommon, treatment of such a condition should precede any cosmetic procedures. Your medical provider will work with you to dermine the most appropriate treatment options and testing (if needed).


How is it treated?

Treatment to reduce the appearance of dark eye circles can include topical creams containing lightening components, laser treatments focused on pigmentation, chemical peels or fillers for hollow or sunken eyes. Based on an exam and conversation with the patient, our providers may also suggest lifestyle modifications like enhancing sleep routines, minimizing stress or altering diet. 


If dark eye circles are bothering you, schedule a consult with our local providers in Bridgeport, Clarksburg, Elkins, Hurricane, Morgantown, Parkersburg, South Charleston and Wheeling, West Virginia; in Waynesburg and Uniontown, Pennsylvania or in Marietta, Ohio.

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