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Common Causes of Dark Under-Eye Circles


We’ve all been there, dragged ourselves out of bed in the morning after a poor night’s sleep only to find our reflection mirrors how we feel! While they may look alarming, dark under eye circles are not cause for medical concern. A lack of restful sleep is the most common reason dark under-eye circles occur, but there are many others. They could be an indication of poor habits, genetics, or that the body is deficient in something.

Here’s a look at all the potential causes behind dark under eye circles…

1. Allergies

Allergies can take quite a toll on our bodies—from sneezing and watery eyes to an itchy throat and sinuses. Nasal congestion is also a common symptom of seasonal allergies, and one that may be contributing to your dark under-eye circles.

According to WebMD, “a stuffed-up nose can lead to swelling of the blood vessels near your eyes and nose, causing the skin to appear darker.” Itching or rubbing the eyes can also emphasize the discoloration. The source adds that dark circles may be particularly prominent during hay fever season.

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