Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Video Transcript:

Here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.

Dark circles under the eyes. It’s a problem. And it’s a problem that’s really, really hard to treat, because, this skin right here is super thin, and because it’s so thin, it kind of tends to show things more than the thicker skin does.

Now there’s all sorts of things online, that’ll cost you a ton of money, that promise you the sun and the moon to get rid of these, and not too many things actually work. Prevention as always, is way better than treatment. So some things to prevent is make sure you’re eating well, okay? If you’re not eating well, your whole body isn’t gonna do as well.

Number two, get enough sleep. We all know we need eight hours of good sleep with the TV turned off, and restful. We need to be able to give our bodies a chance to reset. And that’s pivotally important not only for brain function, but also for skin function. 

You can, if you always have puffy eyes, you can actually try Preparation-H. Now don’t get it in your eyes, and I wouldn’t advertise it to your friends that you’re putting butt cream on your eyes, but, that was intentional by the way, but, you can put a little bit of it right here, and it should help kind of take away some of those dark circles and the puffiness that’s there. But please don’t get it in your eyes, and please talk to a doctor before you do that.

There are other things that your plastic surgeon or your dermatologist can do from procedures, sometimes people need a fat pad removed underneath, because as we get wiser, the little bit of fat underneath our eyelids, it grows and grows and grows. And for some people, not all, but for some people, removing that fat pad can help. Some people, it’ll give you that gaunt look that you just don’t want at all. So please be careful with that.

There are creams that we can use. There’s prescription stuff we can use. We can inject PRP into here to help. We can do fillers. There’s a lot of stuff that your dermatologist or your plastic surgeon can do to help with that. But please, let’s start with the basics. Eat well. Get enough sleep. And see where we are from there.

Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.