Dark circles

Reduce dark eye circles to brighten and rejuvenate the skin.

What is Dark circles?

Dark circles under the eyes can be common and sometimes present with eye bags, although these are two separate concerns. Dark circles may be caused by a number of factors such as age, lifestyle, diet, dehydration, genetic predisposition, fatigue and allergies.

Alongside lifestyle changes, in-clinic treatments can also help depending on the cause.


You’ve probably got some questions, but before you get in touch, we’ve answered the most common ones here.

  • What causes dark circles?

    A number of factors can contribute to dark circles under the eyes. As we age the skin under the eye becomes thinner and more transparent, making the blood vessels appear more visible, creating a darkening appearance of the skin.

    Some people may have a genetic pre-disposition to eye darkening, due to a combination of hereditary factors such as distribution of pigmentation and thickness of the skin. Lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep resulting in dilation of the blood vessels, diet and nutritional deficiencies, smoking, excessive alcohol and excessive sun exposure can al lead to a build up of pigmentation.

    There are are also certain medical conditions that can contribute to dark circles, such as thyroid disorders, anaemia or sinus congestion, as well as allergies and excessive rubbing of the area.

  • How can dark circles be prevented?

    The key to preventing dark circles is knowing what is causing them in the first place, and making positive changes.

    Lifestyle changes such as improving nutrition and hydration, getting enough sleep, protecting the skin with a daily SPF, using medical grade skincare, managing allergies and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can all help prevent or reduce the appearance of dark circles, in combination with treatment interventions when desired.

  • What are the treatment options for dark circles?

    There are a number of treatments that can help to improve darkness under the eyes, alongside lifestyle choices.

    The prescription of medical grade skin care such as Obagi Nu Derm can treat excessive pigmentation, however a full face protocol assessment is required for this treatment option.

    Exillis Ultra 360 can help to improve lymphatic drainage, stimulate the blood supply, promote collagen production and tighten the skin.

    If the dark circles are due to a sunken appearance at the lower orbital rim, a dermal filler can be used to relieve the skin and improve the underlying volume.

    Following your consultation your practitioner will advise on the best treatment for optimal results. We will ensure you have a good understanding of how the treatment will benefit your skin, any downtime expected, treatment duration and costs.

  • How can ZO Skin Health help with dark circles?

    ZO® Skin Health products are specifically designed to be the best skin care for ageing skin, including dark circles, by addressing both the visible signs and key triggers of ageing at every phase. It uses only the highest quality active ingredients like retinoids, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, glycolic acid, lactic acid and more.

    Following a consultation the best anti-ageing regimen that works to improve dark circles, skin texture, repair your skin barrier and restore a healthy, youthful appearance to your skin will be prescribed.

  • How does the Advanced Nutrition Programme help with dark circles?

    To help improve the appearance of ageing skin whilst supporting skin elasticity, firmness and collagen, production experts recommend supplements from the Advanced Nutritional Programme (ANP) supplement range alongside a healthy diet. Traditional skincare is turned inside out with the innovative, award-winning range of evidence-based skincare supplements.

    While topical skincare only treats 50% of the skin on the surface, ANP potent nutritional blends feed your skin from within for a proven, 100% skincare approach. Your skin will certainly thank you for it.

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