Are those dark and tired-looking eyes taking the limelight away from your eyes? Read this for a possible cure.

Having dark rings around your eyes can make you look exhausted and old. It can be a distraction, especially when conversing one-on-one with another person and having to look at them in the eyes. If you have had enough of receiving comments about how tired you look, despite feeling the opposite, then it is time that you look into aesthetic treatments that can restore your eyes’ youthful shine. Read more about these treatments in this article.

Dark eye circle: What causes them? 

Before we discuss treatments, it is good to know about the causes of dark eye circles. Many of us may think that this is due to a lack of sleep. That is only one of the multiple reasons why we get dark rings under our eyes. The other factors are:

  • Aging
  • Genes
  • Habits or lifestyle
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Ageing. Our facial features naturally change as we age. Our facial skin loses fats, sags, and gets wrinkles. When the skin below the eyes loses fat, dark circles develop as this area sinks in due to the unevenness of the skin’s surface, making it look hollow and dark.

Genes. The risk of developing dark eye circles increases when it is inherited through genes. There are several ways that this could happen, such as:

  • Allergies that are hereditary which cause the inflammation and dilation of the vessels resulting in a purplish or dark hue.
  • You have thinner skin below your eyes as compared to the other areas of your face, which tends to become dark due to the vessels underneath it.
  • Health conditions that cause poor blood circulation in the body and rupture the vessels beneath the skin located under the eyes lead to patches of bruises that cause the skin to become dark.

Habits or lifestyle. Consumption of alcohol and caffeine cause the body to lose water, which can shrink the skin and make it look dull. This affects the appearance of the skin under the eyes and highlights the presence of dark circles. Getting lack of sleep also falls under this category. When the body does not get enough sleep at night, the blood vessels underneath the thin skin below the eyes dilate causing the skin to become dark.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is a condition that occurs when the skin produces excessive melanin after an irritation or inflammation, causing the affected skin to become darker. Dark circles can be caused by post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation when an individual suffers from allergic reactions that cause them to rub their eyes constantly leading to irritation or possible inflammation in the skin beneath the eyes.

Dark eye circle: What treatments are available in Singapore? 

Treating your dark eye circles can be done in a lot of ways, such as:

  • Aesthetic procedures and treatments
  • Making lifestyle changes
  • Treating any underlying health conditions causing the dark eye circles

Aesthetic procedures and treatments 

One of the fastest ways to banish those unflattering raccoon eyes is to undergo an aesthetic procedure or treatment. There are numerous options for dark eye circles treatment in Singapore. Below are some examples:

  • Baby skin injection
  • Botox
  • Dermal fillers
  • Laser treatments
  • Topical eye creams

Baby skin injection, more commonly known as Rejuran Healer, is a minimally invasive anti-aging skin treatment that uses DNA elements to encourage cell turnover and fast wound healing. When injected, Rejuran works to rejuvenate the damaged skin by stimulating collagen production and improving skin elasticity. This transforms the hollowed skin beneath the eyes to become tighter and lifted, which results in the lightening of the dark eye circles.

Botox is an aesthetic treatment that is performed by injecting a small dose of botulinum toxin into the target area of the skin. Botox then works to freeze and tighten this area of the face, minimising the sagging of skin, which usually causes the dark circles to be more obvious.

Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid are best for treating dark eye circles. Dermal fillers injected into the skin under the eyes work to fill volume loss, thereby lifting the skin and making the surface more even. The hyaluronic acid ingredient improves hydration deep in the skin, making it look plumper and more youthful.

Lasers are powerful aesthetic equipment that can treat a myriad of skin conditions. One laser procedure, which combines the power of three lasers—Starwalker PICO, VERDE, and VERSA3—improves the appearance of the under eyes by targeting vascular congestion and hyperpigmentation that cause dark eye circles.

Topical eye creams are made with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients, such as Vitamin C. These eye creams protect the delicate under eye skin by providing moisture, lightening the skin, and reducing puffiness.

Making lifestyle changes 

Getting effective results from aesthetic treatments will be for naught if unhealthy habits and lifestyle that cause dark eye circles are continued. To ensure that your dark circles see the light for a long time, make a firm decision to improve your lifestyle. Here are some tips that you can do:

  • Apply moisturisers and sunscreen
  • Avoid things that can trigger your allergies
  • Consume less alcohol and caffeine
  • Drink more water
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get 8 hours of sleep
  • Rest your eyes from using too much screen time
  • Take allergy medicines

Treat underlying lying conditions

 As mentioned, dark eye circles can be inherited through genes—this often occurs as a byproduct of some health conditions like allergies and certain types of dermatitis. If you are aware of an inherited medical condition that can contribute to your dark circles, consult with a doctor about how you can improve your health. 


Dark eye circles can be improved when the right treatments are applied. Aesthetic procedures can provide a quick and easy fix to eliminate those dark rings, especially if you need to look  fresh and glammed up for an event in a short period of time. The results from aesthetic procedures are not permanent, but they usually last for several months. Your eyes can further benefit by making lifestyle changes and getting treated for any medical condition that causes dark eye circles.

Veritas Medical Aesthetics 

13 Stamford Rd, #B2-35 Capitol Singapore, Singapore 178905

 +65 6283 3885

+65 8129 9789

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