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Under Eye Dark Circles

Best Dark Circle Treatment in Pune

Dark circles are a telltale sign of aging, exhaustion, and sleep deprivation and they can affect your appearance significantly. If you suffer from dark circles under your eyes, then seeking early treatment can help prevent the issue from getting aggravated.

Dark circles are mostly caused due to exhaustion or prolonged exposure to the computer screen. Others may have a genetic predisposition to this condition also called periorbital hyperpigmentation, though fatigue and lack of rest are more plausible explanations for the formation of dark circles under the eyes.

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What Causes Dark Eye Circles?

Treatment Options for Dark Circles

What Works Best for Your Condition?

How much will Dark Circle Treatment Cost in Pune?

Why Choose ClearSkin?

What Causes Dark Eye Circles?

  • Dark circles are characterized by light- to dark-colored, brownish-black pigmentation surrounding the eyelids. It gives a tired look to the patient. Diagnosis is mainly based on clinical examination. It is important to differentiate the dark eyelid skin with shadowing due to tear trough. Manual stretching of the lower eyelid skin can help to differentiate between true pigmentation and shadowing effect. 
  • Dark circles under the eyes are caused by darkening of the under-eye skin.
  • They may also appear due to the shadows cast by puffy eyelids or result from hollows that appear under the eyes as an effect of aging.
  • The most common cause of dark circles under the eyes is fatigue or tiredness.
  • Mostly, under-eye circles are not a medical problem and taking adequate rest, keeping the stress levels in check, and taking good care of the skin under the eyes, can help in removing dark eye circles.
  • Too much or too little sleep can lead to dark eye circles. Sleep deprivation causes the skin to look dull and pale. Inadequate sleep can trigger the build-up of fluid under the eyes, causing them to appear puffy. The shadows of puffy eyelids can lead the under-eye skin to appear dark.
  • With advancing age, the skin gets thinner and there may be a decrease in the fat and collagen in the under-eye region. The dark blood vessels under the skin are hence more visible, causing the region under your eyes to appear darker.
  • Those with a family history of dark circles have a higher possibility of getting this condition.
  • Sun exposure is an important cause of dark eye circles. Overexposure to sunlight leads to pigmentation of the skin underneath the eyes, causing it to appear darker.
  • If the skin is not well-hydrated, dark circles may appear under the eyes.
  • Aging is an important cause of dark eye circles. With growing age, the skin gets thinner. There is a decrease in the fat and collagen content in the skin, causing the skin to lose its elasticity. The dark blood vessels under the skin are then visible, leading the skin underneath the eyes to appear dark.
  • Allergies trigger the release of histamines, which cause the blood vessels to dilate. Due to dilation, they are more visible, resulting in the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
  • Anemia is among the other reasons for dark circles around the eyes.

Treatment Options for Dark Circles

Skin Lightening Creams

Most skin specialists recommend skin lightening creams as the first line of defense to treat under-eye hyperpigmentation. These creams contain azelaic acid, kojic acid, glycolic acid, or hydroquinone. You may avail of some of these creams over the counter at pharmacies though most of them must be prescribed by a doctor before availing them. This is also an effective under-eye treatment for wrinkles.

Who should try this?

Using skin lightening creams is beneficial for you if you’re experiencing excessive melanin production. The right application of these skin creams helps reduce the amount of melanin in the skin, decreasing skin pigmentation over time, ultimately resulting in the lightening of the dark circles.

Laser Therapy

Laser treatment for dark circles makes use of heat energy to break excess melanin pigment. QSW laser targets the dark pigment under the eyes with their laser beams, fractional  CO2 laser helps in inducing collagen generation.

Who should try this?

As laser treatments for dark eye circles do not typically have any major adverse effects, unless done by an experienced doctor and proper parameters and most people are suitable candidates for the procedure. However, it’s best to determine the type of dark circles you suffer from as each laser is suited to a certain type of dark eye circles.

Chemical Peels

Light chemical peels are often suggested for dark circle treatment. A light chemical peel meaning peels with less concentration containing glycolic acid, retinoic acid, or hydroquinone is often deemed as the best treatment for dark circles. Some dermatologists may also suggest their patients undergo a combination peel dark circle removal treatment that includes the combined effect of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol.

Who should try this?

Chemical peels are best suited for you in case your dark circles are a result of hyperpigmentation. Since the skin on the eyelid is very thin, you must opt for the basic chemical peel and avoid going for medium depth or deep chemical peels treatment. It’s best for treating fine wrinkles, to soften the deep creases, and smoothens your skin texture.


Incase where dark circles happen along with puffiness or wrinkles under their eyes, this procedure is used. Dermatologists remove the fat from the lower lid through blepharoplasty, a procedure that reduces the under-eye bags. In blepharoplasty also the excess skin on the upper eyelid is causing hooding and heaviness on eyes and also unnecessary skin folds under the eyes removed, mitigating the dark circle’s appearance.

Who should try this?

You can go for blepharoplasty in cases wherein you have excessive skin and fat deposits around the eyes. If you’re noticing any hollowness under your eyes, then also going for the blepharoplasty can work in your favor.

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

This involves injecting the plasma separated from the patient’s blood under the eye area to generate new collagen and promote new cell formation for smooth and healthy skin. As stem cells promote healing and new skin formation, dark circles and puffiness are replaced with thicker, brighter, and tighter skin.

Who should try this?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses your own blood to stimulate the skin on your face so that new, healthier skin cells can grow. Dermatologists will recommend you to undergo the PRP therapy treatment when you suffer from dark circles (under-eye pigmentation), notice any hollowness under the eyes, or have fine wrinkles on your skin.


Dermatologists may inject hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvederm under the eyes to reduce puffiness below the lower eyelids. This is also a preferred periorbital dark circles treatment as the chemical contained in the fillers enables volume loss under the eye responsible for dark circles and unwanted puffy feeling.

Who should try this?

Dermatologists recommend fillers treatment when they notice a considerable volume loss under your eyes. As a part of this treatment, your under-eye area is lifted with volume and smoothed to minimize the shadowing effect and provide a cushion between blood vessels and skin to reduce the darkness.

What Works Best for Your Condition?

Dark circles are nothing to worry about as they pose no major health concern. Often getting enough and sound sleep or spending less time in front of the computer screens can help resolve the issues on its own. However, if the dark circles are persistent and are affecting your self-confidence, you must seek treatment.

While sometimes home remedies can remove or help reduce the appearance of dark circles, it helps if you consult an expert or physician to know the cause of your dark circles and seek treatment accordingly. Those suffering from dark eye circle problems due to old age can opt for chemical peels therapy or blepharoplasty that reduces the effect of dark circles under the eyes.

How much will Dark Circle Treatment Cost in Pune?

The use of novel technologies that assure better results in a minimum number of sessions means lesser dark circle laser treatment cost or for any therapy used for dark circle treatment. With Pune being the new hub of skincare experts, you can now hope for clear, healthy skin at affordable rates.

Why Choose ClearSkin?

ClearSkin is India’s premier skincare and aesthetics clinic since 2006. We are equipped with more than 100 skincare experts and dermatology surgeons making our name synonymous with safe, modern, and effective skin and cosmetic treatments. Our mission is to help you regain confidence and put forth the best version of yourself.

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Dark circles are a telltale sign of ageing, exhaustion and sleep deprivation and it can affect your appearance significantly. If you suffer from dark circles under your eyes, then seeking early treatment can help prevent the issue from getting aggravated.

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Why do Some People Get Dark Circles under Their Eyes?

In most cases, dark circles are caused due to tiredness or staring at the computer screen for long hours. Lack of sleep is one of the main reasons attributed by doctors. However, one cannot rule out the age factor for having puffy eyelids or hollows under the skin of the eyes. Usually, dark circles are not a sign of any underlying medical problem though the same cannot be refuted completely unless consulted with a physician.

This is because in some cases doctors have found that their patients suffering from fluid retention problems also seek dark circles under eyes treatment. Besides, nasal allergies responsible for nasal congestion can also be one of the reasons for developing dark eye circles.

Does Microneedling help to remove dark circles?

Among all the medical processes involved in dark circle removal treatment, the Microneedling process improves the skin elasticity. The process aids in generating collagen production and consequently new cell formation, thus, lending the skin under the eyes a firmer and tighter look. Replacement of old cells with new cells makes the face look fresh and young, thus, giving a youthful appearance.

Is it possible to get rid of dark eye circles permanently?

Dark eye circle treatment is easy to get rid of if you follow the advice by medical experts carefully. Skin experts maintain that it does not take more than two to three months to be completely cured of wrinkles and dark circles under your eyes.

Though the dark circles under your eyes may be mostly due to innocuous reasons, getting yourself tested for possible health concerns unveil the actual cause of dark circles and seek corresponding treatment.

Does any kind of nutrition deficiency cause dark circles under the eyes?

Dark circles and bags are formed under the eyes commonly due to iron deficiency. Since a deficiency in the iron element may cause anaemia and, thus, restrict oxygen supply to the body tissues, it may also result in the formation of dark circles under and around the eyes.

What are the effective home remedies for dark circles?

Home remedies for dark circles are effective for some people in the initial phase of dark circles. Therefore If the under eye dark circle problems are not so serious then you can try some home remedies like –

  • Milk - With the help of cotton, apply chilled milk around your eyes and continue it until 20 minutes. It will help you to keep your eyes to retain the water level and help to energize them.
  • Lemon - Take a cotton pad and dip it into lemon juice and apply it around your eyes. Lemon contains vitamin C which helps to cleanse your under eye dark circles.
  • Almond oil or coconut oil - Do a gentle massage around the eyes at night before going to bed and leave it overnight and wash it in the morning. Almonds contain Vitamin E which helps to keep your eyes soft.
  • Potato/ Cucumber - Make slices of raw potato/ cucumber and keep in the refrigerator and cool it. Then put them on your eyes for 15 – 20 minutes. It will keep you fresh and reduce inflammation of eyes.
  • Cold tea bags - You can use green tea bags or caffeine bags, soak it in water and keep it in the refrigerator and next morning apply over your eyes for 5 min to lighten dark circles.

What deficiency causes dark circles?

Iron deficiency anemia is one of main causes of dark circles under eyes. Deficiencies of vitamins like B12, E, and D are also linked with dark eye circles.

Can dark circles be removed?

Yes, dark circles can be reduced with the help of home remedies as well as certain medical procedures.

  • Injections of platelet-rich plasma in the region around the eyes, can help in the removal of dark eye circles.
  • Injections of hyaluronic acid gel (which are known as fillers) in the region around the eyes is also a good treatment for dark eye circles.
  • If extra skin around the eyes is the reason for dark circles, a surgery called blepharoplasty fis a good way to improve the appearance of r dark circles under eyes.
  • Injecting fat under the skin affected by dark eye circles can improve the volume and lead to the under eye circles to appear less darker.
  • Can dark circles be removed naturally? Vitamin E can reduce under-eye circles. Staying hydrated and getting extra sleep are also effective in removing dark circles around the eyes.
  • Does under eye filler help dark circles?

    Dark circles may be caused by low fat svolume under the eyes. Using a dermal filler can help in restoring the volume and thus diminish the appearance of dark circles.