Fatigue is the most common cause of dark circles under your eyes. Sometimes, what appear to be dark circles under your eyes may merely be shadows cast by puffy eyelids or hollows under your eyes that develop as a normal part of aging.

Some of the most common causes of true under-eye circles are:

  1. Allergies
  2. Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  3. Contact dermatitis
  4. Fatigue
  5. Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  6. Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families
  7. Pigmentation irregularities — these are a particular concern for people of color, especially blacks and Asians
  8. Rubbing or scratching your eyes
  9. Sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
  10. Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Oct. 13, 2016