What You Need to Know About the Treatment of Under-Eye Bruises
Dark circles under your eyes can make you look tired and give the impression that you are sick. Fortunately, there is something you can do about dark circles!
What are dark circles under the eyes?
In most cases, dark circles are blood vessels visible through the skin. The skin around the eyes (peri-orbital skin) is the thinnest part of your body (about 0.5 mm thick, the skin is up to 2 mm thick in most places). Deoxygenated blood passing through these vessels gives it a bluish color. The lighter the skin, the more visible the dark circles. This is partially congenital. In people with deep eyes (bone structure), shadow effects can cause a dark glow under the eyes.
How many people are affected by this?
Everyone gets wrinkles and dark circles under their eyes to some degree, but some people do something about it. According to recent reports, about 1 in 50 people receive treatment for wrinkles using injectables. Treatment of dark circles under the eyes is one of the most demanded treatments.
Everyone suffers from dark circles from time to time especially if you don’t get enough sleep. Your skin will then fade and it will be easier to see the veins under your skin. As we age, the skin becomes thinner and dark circles become more visible. Dark circles under the eyes can be bothersome but there are good treatments for it. You can achieve a lot with prevention, too.
When can you do something for your dark circles?
Wrinkles and dark circles under your eyes won’t kill you, but they can reduce your quality of life. If you are bothered by the quality of your skin and your wrinkles, it may be wise to make an appointment with a cosmetologist. He or she can evaluate your skin and create a personalized treatment plan for you. A cosmetologist can also advise you on medical wrinkle treatments, such as treating dark circles under the eyes.
Causes and Risk Factors
Dark circles under the eyes are caused by a number of factors. These:
Age: Aging skin is less firm and loses its thickness. Due to thinning of the skin, the underlying blood vessels become more visible, causing dark circles to appear. Your skin produces less and less natural oils, making it increasingly drier and more wrinkled. Also, as you age, there is less oil in the deeper layers of your skin. This gives loose, saggy skin that is less resistant to gravity. In addition, the bone tissue that supports the face is also reduced. This can cause visible wrinkles and a sunken face.
Exposure to Ultraviolet Light: Sunlight contains ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light accelerates skin aging and is the main cause of premature aging. Ultraviolet light breaks down the connective tissue of the skin. The connective tissue of the skin consists of collagen and elastin fibers and is mainly found in the deep layers of the skin. Without the support of connective tissue, the skin loses its strength and elasticity.
Smoking: Smoking accelerates the aging process and therefore strongly contributes to wrinkle formation. This happens because, among other things, smoking reduces blood flow to the skin.
Fatigue and Stress: Due to fatigue and stress, your skin becomes less discolored and looks pale. This makes dark circles more visible.
Disease: Some conditions cause dark circles under the eyes. Examples include peri-orbital hyperpigmentation (accumulation of pigment around the eyes), vitamin deficiencies (B12, K), iron deficiency and liver disease. Medications can also cause dark circles under the eyes. If you suspect your dark circles are caused by an underlying disease, contact your doctor.
What are the different treatment options?
A good concealer or foundation can be used to make dark circles look less noticeable. For example, you have a concealer that contains particles that reflect light. First apply a good cream to keep the skin supple. Then gently tap the concealer or foundation on your skin, do not rub your fingers hard on your thin skin. Then you can apply some powder so that it is not too shiny. Many creams promise to help against dark circles and puffiness. This often gives false hope. Studies have shown that creams containing vitamin K, vitamin C, and retinol are most likely to reduce dark circles.
Injections and Surgical Procedures
Various skin resurfacing techniques, injectables, fillers, and surgical procedures are available to combat dark circles. Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages. Usually a combination of treatments produces the best results.
Mesotherapy: A new treatment method is mesotherapy. This was specially developed to combat dark circles under the eyes. You will get the best effect together with under-eye cupping and bag treatment. This treatment should be repeated 3 times. Injections are minimal, but bruises may still remain. Its effect is said to last for about a year.
Fillers: Hyaluronic acid fillers are also recommended if you have deep eyes. Dark circles can be highlighted with shadows belonging to the deep eye sockets. Fillers are injected into the deep layers of the face. After the treatment, you may experience temporary swelling, redness and bruising in the treated area. Treatment takes about 12 months.
Lower eyelid correction: Lower eyelid correction can offer a solution to excessive under-eye bags. Excess fat and skin are removed during surgery. Results last about 5 to 10 years. Recovery time can take a long time. Bruising and swelling are usually present a few weeks after surgery.
Prevent dark circles yourself
There are a few things you can do yourself to prevent dark circles under the eyes. Above all, it is important to get enough sleep and avoid stress. A good night’s sleep stimulates the hormone balance that causes collagen and elastin to be produced.
Here are some tips to avoid wrinkles:
Protect your skin with sunscreen. Protect your skin and prevent future wrinkles by spending less time in the sun and wearing protective clothing. Protective clothing includes hats, long-sleeved T-shirts and sunglasses. Use sunscreen when going outside. even in winter.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Spread generously on skin and repeat application every two hours. If you go swimming or sweat a lot, it is recommended to lubricate more often.
Use products that contain built-in sunscreen. When choosing skin products, choose a product that also has a filter against UV-A and UV-B rays.
Lifestyle and other remedies
Dark circles around the eyes can indicate iron deficiency. Due to iron deficiency, the skin becomes pale. You may also have these symptoms, for example when you are on your period or are pregnant. Even then, you often have an iron deficiency. Therefore, it is wise to consume foods containing iron or take other dietary supplements containing iron. Deficiency of vitamins C, K, B6 and B12 can also lead to dark circles. Antioxidants contribute to the strength of your veins. Therefore, it is important to get enough antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in many fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries and onions.
Avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs. It causes interruption of your sleep at night, boron bleeding and loss of fluid. This can cause dark circles to appear faster.
There are also home remedies for dark circles or puffiness. Cucumbers, tea bags, or ice cubes under your eyes can indeed (temporarily) cure dark circles or puffiness. It is best to apply cold compresses to the areas. Cold reduces swelling and discoloration.