What Are Periorbital Dark Circles — And How Do You Treat Them?

Given that the skin around the eyes is so delicate —  more so than the skin on the face — the area is prone to many skin issues, such as puffiness, signs of aging and dark circles. According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Courtney Rubin, there are many different causes and types of dark circles (more on that below), including periorbital dark circles, also known as periorbital hyperpigmentation.

Keep scrolling to learn what periorbital dark circles are, and tips on treating and minimizing dark circles in general.

"Sun exposure can make pigmentation darker and last longer.”

How To Treat and Minimize Dark Circles

To best treat dark circles in general, it's essential to identify the most significant contributing factor to determine the best treatment option. If you're indeed dealing with periorbital dark circles, which again are often caused by genetic hyperpigmentation, Dr. Rubin notes that they may be difficult to resolve. However, she says, it's worth visiting a dermatologist or other skin professional who can discuss treatment options such as lasers and prescription topicals that can help even out the skin tone.

"The tissue under your eyes may shrink and lead to a ‘hollowed out’ look."

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