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Offline Karen W.

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I am assuming it may be water retention..but the dark circles have become very annoying the last two months...

I want to get rid of them.. what shall I do.. make up sucks so any other bright ideas?





« Last Edit: 03/07/2009 22:09:17 by Karen W. »


 

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http://altmedicine.about.com/od/drcathywongsanswers/f/darkcircleseyes.htm

There are some common causes and a few home remedies, I think the main thing for you is that you need to get plenty of rest (or try to at least)! :)
 

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Wow C4M..Thats a great link Thank you so much... I had forgot about the cucumber part!...I am posting its contents here.

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/drcathywongsanswers/f/darkcircleseyes.htm



    * Thinning skin
      The skin under the eyes is thin and delicate to begin with. As we age, skin and the fat pad under the eyes becomes thinner, causing blood vessels to become noticeable. This gives the appearance of dark circles. Sun damage can make it worse because it weakens skin.

    * Allergies and Hayfever
      Dark circles under the eyes can be the result of allergies to airborne substances, such as pollen, dust, and pet dander, because people rub their itchy eyes. People with hayfever may notice them at the height of the season. Food allergies or sensitivities can also contribute to dark circles.

    * Genetics
      Dark circles under the eyes runs in families. They tend to be more noticeable in people with fair skin or deep-set eyes.

    * Fluid Retention
      Blood vessels under the eyes can become dilated and engorged, which can contribute to dark circles. Excess dietary salt and smoking are common causes. Conditions that cause fluid retention (e.g. heart, thyroid, kidney, liver diseases) or medications that cause blood vessel dilation may be a factor. Your doctor should be aware of any symptoms you're experiencing.

    * Lack of sleep
      A lack of sleep can make skin appear more pale, which allows blood vessels to be more visible through the skin, giving the appearance of bluish or dark circles.

    * Iron Deficiency Anemia
      Iron deficiency anemia may cause a bluish tinge below the eyes.

    * Dehydration
      Dark circles under the eyes can be a sign of dehydration.

Remedies for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

There are some home remedies that may help to temporarily diminish the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, and prevent dark circles from worsening.

1. Be sure to drink enough water. Hydration Calculator: How much water do you need?

2. Wear sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 under the eyes to prevent skin weakening caused by sun damage.

3. Get plenty of rest.

4. Apply plain cool teabags over closed eyes. Donít use herbal teabags, because most aren't as effective.

5. Apply cool cucumber slices over closed eyes for 15 minutes.

6. Be careful not to consume too much dietary salt. Start by learning about sources of sodium in the diet.

7. Apply vitamin K cream. Although studies haven't looked at the use of topical vitamin K for dark circles under the eyes, preliminary studies have found that vitamin K may help with bruising.

8. Vitamin C helps to strengthen blood vessel walls. Quiz: Are you getting enough vitamin C?

9. The dietary supplements grape seed extract and pycnogenol contain antioxidant pigments that may help to strengthen blood vessels. They should be used under medical supervision by people on "blood-thinning" drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin) and aspirin.

Certain foods, such as cranberries, blueberries, bilberries, tea (green and black), black currant, onions, legumes, and parsley also contain these antioxidant pigments.

10. Eat kidney-balancing foods. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a bluish cast under the eyes are due to an imbalance in kidney energy. Learn more about kidney yang deficiency and foods to eat.
« Last Edit: 04/07/2009 00:31:30 by Karen W. »
 

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Won't get rid of them, but will hide them.  Trial out a few concealer creams, and always go one shade lighter than your natural skin tone.  Dabbed and gently blended over the area in the morning will leave you with a circle free day.  Am so fond of my concealer, took me ages to get the right tone as I am very fair, take it everywhere with me, and touch up any marks I want to whenever I need, and the tiny tube lasts ages as you only need a little bit.  Useful stopgap while you are trying the more long term methods!
 

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Thanks I will check out a concealer.. I was hoping to eliminate the cause of the circles since sleep is not going to get better I imagine ither methods might be best to seek.
« Last Edit: 06/07/2009 16:57:24 by Karen W. »
 

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Ok.. I have been told today that I have something called Nephritic Syndrome and that my kidneys are in some kind of mess where they don't hold the proteins or something like that! That they are seeping out into my urine etc.. from what I understand there are several diseases that cause this syndrome... but she says they have to eliminate which ones not causing the trouble to determine which one is... The treatment does not sound great... I have to go in tomorrow to do some more tests and I believe she said this syndrome comes in flare ups and can happen over just a few days..She said that is what is causing my dark circles and water retention, as my protein levels are not right.

I am going to start a thread and would appreciate it if some one could add some more definitive explanation to this for me...Thanks
 

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beauty queens and movie stars use haemorrhoid creams to temporarily remove eye droops.
 

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Hee...Hee....Laughing aside...I have heard that to be true...and ear it rally helps..... just plop a little tucks moist towelette n there and puff!...

 I can honestly say that is one I had heard and forgotten about! Thanks JnA.
 

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