Dreaded Dark Circles: Skincare Pro Terri Wojak Shares the Secrets to Treating Them

28 Jan 2015 at 5:00pm


Written by sought-after skincare professional Terri Wojak


Dark Circles

We’ve all been there: You catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and see the eyes of an exhausted woman staring back at you. Unfortunately, a full night’s sleep isn’t always enough to erase those dark circles. Let’s dissect why these appear in the first place, before explaining how to treat them.

Reasons They Appear

Hyperpigmentation: Genes can be behind hyperpigmentation, but it’s not all Mom and Dad’s fault. While certain ethnicities and those with darker skin tones often have darker skin around the eyes, discoloration can also be caused by inflammation such as sun exposure and post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH). PIH is often caused by frequent rubbing of the eyes, as seen in those who suffer from allergies.

Vascularity: Vascularity is the pooling of blood that shows beneath the surface of thin skin. As we age, we often lose fat around our eyes, revealing those once hidden blood vessels. Genes, poor circulation, allergies, or lack of sleep can also be to blame.

Shadowing: Thinning skin around our eyes can create a hollow that leads to the appearance of shadows. These shadows can also be caused by swelling around the eyes, which makes the sockets appear more concave in comparison.

How to Fight Them

When hyperpigmentation is to blame, try skin lightening products, chemical exfoliation, and laser treatments.

Restylane Dark CirclesFor vascularity, vitamin K may be the answer. Using a Vitamin K oxide cream or gel can naturally strengthen blood vessel walls, preventing leakage, minimizing inflammation, and promoting circulation.

Got shadows? Try soft tissue fillers. Topical ingredients such as growth factors and peptides may also be used to thicken the skin in the area, making the dark color less visible. If puffiness is to blame, your doctor may recommend blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

You can’t fix your dark circles without knowing the true cause of them. Talk with your doctor to figure out the treatment that’s best for you.

To learn about the causes of dark circles and how to treat them, click here.


Terri WojakAbout Terri Wojak
Terri Wojak has 20 years of experience in the aesthetic industry and is a respected authority on skincare in a medical setting and business development on multiple levels. She’s built 30 individual courses based on skincare and has trained over 10,000 estheticians and medical professionals on the importance of incorporating skincare into cosmetic medicine. More than 40 articles by Wojak have appeared in a multitude of industry magazines and she’s published two Amazon best sellers, Mastering Medical Esthetics and Aesthetics Exposed: Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting & Beyond.


Photo Credits: Some rights reserved by Romana Klee; Courtesy of Dr. Harold Kaplan