Dark Circles Around the Eyes

Dark Circles Around the EyesDark circles under the eyes are a widespread concern that can affect anyone, regardless of age or lifestyle. These unwelcome shadows make us look tired, older, and less vibrant. We understand the complexities behind dark circles and offer a holistic approach to diminishing them. Dark circles are a common skin issue that arises as a result of aging, tiredness, or a poor diet. At FTT Skin Clinics, we offer a wide range of both clinical, and at home solutions to tackle dark under eye circles and improve skin elasticity.

Understanding Dark Circles

Dark circles are more than just a sign of tiredness; they are a multi-faceted skin issue influenced by various factors, including aging, genetics, and lifestyle habits. The skin around our eyes is incredibly delicate, making it more susceptible to changes in pigmentation, loss of volume, and the appearance of shadows.

Why do we have Darks Circles?

  • Increased Pigmentation: Melanin production can contribute to the darker appearance of the skin under the eyes.
  • Volume Loss: Aging and environmental factors can reduce the fat pads under the eyes, exacerbating the look of dark circles.
  • Allergies: Sinus congestion can cause blood to pool under the eyes, leading to dark, puffy eyelids.
  • Skin Conditions: Eczema and other skin issues can lead to inflammation and darkening of the under-eye area.

Who is Affected?

Dark circles don’t discriminate. They can appear in adolescents as well as the elderly, impacting various ethnic backgrounds and those with a genetic predisposition.

Those prone to dark circles under the eyes include:

  • The elderly (but they are also a common complaint in adolescents).
  • People of non-white ethnic background.
  • People with a genetic predisposition to dark circles under the eyes.

Dark circles can be attributed to by volume loss under the eyes. As you age, your skin naturally loses its elasticity and becomes more fragile due to loss of fat in the fat pads under your eyes. Volume loss can also occur prematurely in young people due to high UV exposure, poor diet and lifestyle, lack of sleep, or due to inherited traits.

The second leading cause of dark circles are allergies. Congestion in your sinuses leads to congestion in the small veins under your eyes. The blood pools under your eyes and these swollen veins dilate and darken, creating dark circles and puffiness.

Another cause of dark circles can be atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema. When flare ups of itchy inflamed skin occurs under the eyes, damage can result from scratching and irritating the delicate skin tissue, results in dark patches under the eyes, in combination with pigmentation and natural thinning of the skin as you age.

What can we do to help?

Correct Diagnosis of Dark Circles

  • Personal, Medical & Family History
  • Physical Examination
  • Wood Lamp Evaluation – Allows our clinicians to assess the depth of skin concern

In Clinic Treatments

 Combine our Iridium Eye Contour Mask into your FTT Bespoke Facial. Pressotheraphy, otherwise known as Lymphatic Drainage, is a non-invasive treatment to enhance the flow of your Lymphatics system around the eye area. This amazing treatment massages out any excess puffiness around your eyes as well as increasing the energy flow to give a brighter and less tired look.

Tear Trough Filler treatment will restore loss of volume, reduce dark circles as well as smoothing out any fat or tissue splits under the eye area. This treatment using minimal Dermal Filler will give you natural looking results with a fresher, less tired – looking appearance. Tear Trough filler treatment will last up to 12 months.

  • Exilis Eyes – Radio Frequency

Radio Frequency a clinical treatment around the eyes using Exilis Exite heats the skin to cause collagenases to tighten and add volume back to under eye hollows. This non-invasive treatment helps get rid of any under eye crepe or crow’s feet lines. For your treatment plan we advise 4 sessions every 2 weeks to kick start your results.

At Home Product Plan

 At FTT we offer a number of skin care products to help tackle dark circles and under eye concerns to combine with your in clinic treatment plan.

  • Topical Creams – Using twice a day AM & PM both from the FTT Skin Range and Obagi UK.
  • Vitamin Based Creams – Vitamin A, E, K & C are all important to in cooperate into your skin care routine and all play an important role in repairing and improving your skin’s health. Vitamins and retinols will cause repair and rejuvenation of the skin.
  • Collagen Stimulation Products – Using collagen and elastin stimulation products around the eyes will improve any snap reflex – where the skin pings back.

FAQs on Dark Circles

Can lifestyle changes reduce dark circles?

Yes, improving sleep, reducing UV exposure, and maintaining a healthy diet can mitigate dark circles.

Are dark circles always a sign of aging?

While aging can exacerbate dark circles, they can also result from genetics, allergies, and lifestyle factors.

How quickly can I see results from treatments?

Results vary based on the treatment type and individual skin conditions. Some treatments offer immediate improvements, while others require a series of sessions.

Can sleeping more reduce dark circles?

Improving sleep quality can help minimize dark circles. Lack of restful sleep often exacerbates the appearance of dark circles, making the under-eye area appear more hollow and discolored.

How do genetics influence dark circles?

Genetics play a significant role in the development of dark circles. If your family members have dark circles, you’re more likely to have them too, due to hereditary factors affecting skin pigmentation and under-eye structure.

Are dark circles linked to dehydration?

Yes, dehydration can cause dark circles to appear more pronounced. When the body lacks adequate hydration, the skin under the eyes becomes dull and sunken, highlighting dark circles.

Can diet affect dark circles?

A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can impact the appearance of dark circles. Nutrient deficiencies, particularly in vitamins K, C, and E, can worsen the visibility of dark circles under the eyes.

How effective are home remedies for dark circles?

While home remedies can offer temporary relief for dark circles, they often do not address the underlying causes. For lasting results, clinical treatments combined with a proper skincare regimen are recommended.

Do eye creams really work for dark circles?

Eye creams formulated with active ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and caffeine can improve the appearance of dark circles by increasing collagen production, improving blood circulation, and reducing pigmentation.

Can sun exposure worsen dark circles?

Yes, excessive sun exposure can aggravate dark circles by increasing melanin production, leading to further darkening of the under-eye area. Wearing sunscreen and protective eyewear can help prevent this.

Is it possible to prevent dark circles?

While you can’t always prevent dark circles, especially if they’re genetically predisposed, you can minimize their appearance by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, using sunscreen, staying hydrated, and following a targeted skincare routine.

How long does it take to see results from treatments for dark circles?

The time it takes to see improvements in dark circles varies depending on the treatment method and individual skin conditions. Some may notice changes within a few weeks, while others might require several months for significant results.

Are there any risks associated with treatments for dark circles?

As with any cosmetic treatment, there are potential risks involved. However, choosing experienced professionals for procedures like dermal fillers or laser therapy can minimize complications and ensure the best outcomes for reducing dark circles.

How do lifestyle habits impact dark circles?

Lifestyle habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and lack of sleep can significantly impact the severity of dark circles. These habits can impair blood circulation and lead to skin damage, worsening the appearance of dark circles.

Are dark circles more common in certain skin tones?

Dark circles can affect all skin tones, but they may be more noticeable in people with lighter or thinner skin under the eyes. This visibility is due to the contrast between the dark circles and the surrounding skin color.

Can dark circles be permanently removed?

While some treatments can significantly reduce the appearance of dark circles, a permanent solution depends on the underlying cause. For some, combining professional treatments with lifestyle changes can offer long-lasting results, but maintenance may be necessary.

Can certain allergies exacerbate dark circles?

Allergies are a common culprit behind dark circles. They can cause the area under the eyes to appear darker and more swollen due to inflammatory responses and congestion in the nasal passages, which affects blood flow around the eyes.

Is it true that dark circles can be a sign of underlying health issues?

In some cases, dark circles can indicate underlying health concerns, such as thyroid problems. However, most often, dark circles are not a sign of serious medical conditions but rather a cosmetic concern related to lifestyle factors or genetics.


Dark circles are a complex issue, but with the right combination of professional treatments and at-home care, it’s possible to significantly reduce their appearance. At FTT Skin Clinics, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve brighter, more youthful eyes free from the burden of dark circles.

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