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The 3 Types of Dark Circles Under The Eyes And How to Treat Them

The 3 Types of Dark Circles Under The Eyes And How to Treat Them

Did you know that not all under eye dark circles are the same? Learn how to spot the difference and treat your under eye area.

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05 Nov 20

Suffering from dark circles under the eyes? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common concerns for all age groups and genders. The causes are diverse and/or complexed by multiple reasons.

Let’s take a look at the causes and treatments for dark circles under the eyes, so you can achieve a healthy-looking eye area!

Which dark circle is yours?

1. Brown: When you stretch the skin under the eyes, the darkness moves with the skin.

2. Black: When you stretch the skin under the eyes, the colour lightens.

3. Blue: When you stretch the skin under the eyes, the darkness doesn't move.

4. Hereditary: This type of dark circle can be brown, black or blue, but the difference is that you might’ve noticed those dark circles even when you were a child. Most likely one or both of your parents also have it. These are more challenging to treat than non-hereditary dark circles. However, it can definitely be improved.

Let's look at each one in more detail:

1. Brown Dark Circle


  • Post-inflammation
  • Allergies (eg. hay fever)
  • Hyperpigmentation (the body produces extra melanin)
  • Overexposure to sunlight (Sunspots)
  • Frequent rubbing of the eyes
  • Dermatitis
  • Hormonal causes or medication
  • Inherited genes (predisposition to dark circles)
The 3 Types of Dark Circles Under the Eyes - Brown Dark Circle

How to Treat It:

  • If the reason is the rubbing of the eye area due to allergies, hay fever, dermatitis etc, you’ll need to tackle those health concerns before anything else.
  • Try not to rub the eye area (I know, it's easier said than done). Maybe apply a cooling towel to calm itchiness instead.
  • Remove eye makeup using very gentle pressure.
  • Protect the eye area from sun exposure.

Our Recommendations:

Firms, Protects and Hydrates

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Firming and Brightening

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2. Black Dark Circle


  • Lack of collagen and elasticity
  • Accumulated fatty tissue under the eye area
  • Genetically deep tear troughs


The 3 Types of Dark Circles Under the Eyes - Black Dark Circle

How to treat it:

  • Anti-ageing is the key!
  • Wear sunscreen every day
  • Use anti-ageing products, eat healthy foods and exercise

Our Recommendations:

Retinol based and age Fighting

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Targets puffiness

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Repairs and hydrates

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3. Blue Dark Circle


  • Bad circulation
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Lack of sleep
  • Thinning of the skin under the eyes
  • Iron deficiency
  • Dehydration, excessive consumption of salty or spicy foods, alcohol consumption
  • Illness (eg. Anemia, kidney or liver problems etc)
  • Prolonged use of a computer, smartphone or TV
The 3 Types of Dark Circles Under the Eyes - Blue Dark Circle

How to treat it:

  • Sleep well
  • De-stress
  • Eat healthily
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Give your eye area a massage
  • Take a bath
  • Apply heat pack on the eye area


De-puffs, firms and lifts

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Brightens and Firms

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If you have further questions or need any advice, please reach out to us and book a Free Skin Consultation!

About the Author

My name is Sarah and I am the founder of GLO Skin Body. With over 17 years experience, I believe a professional relationship with your skin therapist is crucial in helping you to achieve your skin care goals and to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best. Whether it's in person or through our online support, Im here to guide and support you towards your healthiest skin ever.

On a personal note, I am a Mum of 3 so I understand completely the juggles and balancing of life and family commitments . My goal is to help everyone have an effective and enjoyable home care routine that gets you the results you want...no matter how busy you are!


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