Hi Everyone,

I am having dark circles under my eyes due to a back injury that keeps me from getting quality sleep.

Anyone has a good solution to reduce dark circles?

I know most of it will go away has my injury heals...but I really want to treat now.

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replied October 24th, 2008
There is a treatment for sagging eyelids and dark circles around the eyes called blepharoplasty . During the procedure, incisions are made in the natural creases or folds of the eyelids. Underlying fat may be removed, excess skin is trimmed along the natural fold in the eyelid.

If you're looking for a more natural and less invasive treatment for dark circles would be to manage the sleeping disorder. Here are some suggestions:

Try changing your nighttime sleeping habits and other behavior before taking drugs for insomnia. For example:

* Avoid emotional upset or stressful situations before bedtime.
* Avoid using alcohol in the evening. Avoid caffeine for at least 8 hours before bedtime. Give up smoking, because nicotine is a stimulant.
* Eat a light snack before bedtime. Foods such as warm milk or turkey contain a natural sleep inducer called L-tryptophan.
* Establish a regular bedtime, but don't go to bed if you feel wide awake.
* Exercise regularly, but not in the last 2 hours before going to bed. Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, has been shown to make people fall asleep faster and get deeper and more restful sleep. Sex can be a natural sleep inducer for some people.
* Relax by reading, taking a bath, or listening to soothing music before going to bed.
* Take your TV or computer out of your bedroom. Otherwise, your brain becomes used to the stimulation and starts to expect it when you are there. This makes it harder for you to fall asleep.
* Use the bedroom for bedroom activities only. Once in bed, use creative imagery and relaxation techniques to keep your mind off unrestful thoughts. Avoid staying in bed for long periods of time while awake, or going to bed because of boredom.

Have you tried these suggestions yet? Are you seeing a counselor for the sleeping problem?
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replied April 17th, 2013
- Grate raw potato, squeeze the juice and apply the juice under your eyes for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can also place thin slices of potato on your eyes (with them closed) every night before you retire. This is one of the most popular and time-tested home remedies for dark circles.

- Include a lot of green leafy veggies in your diet. Also include food rich in Vitamin A and E.

- Indulge in some kind of exercise like walking, jogging. Yoga, especially pranayama is known to improve skin health.

- Take two thin slices of cucumber and place them on your eyes. This removes the puffiness and cools the eyes - Dip cotton in rose water and place them on your eyes.

- Reduce salt intake in your food. Excess salt encourages fluid retention and leads to puffy eyes.

- The area under your eyes has very sensitive skin, so never use chemical bleach.

- You can also place used tea bag (cold) on your eyes which helps lessen the darkness - Avoid exposing your skin to harsh rays of the sun. Especially for the eyes, wear sunglasses whenever you step out in the sun.
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replied March 29th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Take multivitamins and topical hydroquinone at night to hasten the process of resolution.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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replied April 24th, 2019
Great advice!
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