The Best Remedies for Dark Circles, According to a Dermatologist
There’s nothing like dark circles under eyes to start your day off on a sour note. Whether you’ve battled with them your whole life or see an occasional flare up from seasonal changes, there is hope for you and your dark circles yet. While a top-rated concealer will brighten you up in a pinch, the best solution is to reduce the dark circles or bags under your eyes at the source. For that, we turned to Dr. Lauren Ploch of Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center.
According to Dr. Ploch, the best treatment plan starts with determining the cause of the dark circles under eyes. If your dark circles seem seasonal, they might be due to allergies. Dr. Ploch advises avoiding common allergens and beginning a daily antihistamine (i.e. Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec) regimen. Other times, dark circles can be linked to the aging process. If fat loss around the eye is to blame, injectables, lasers, or even surgery (if you’re really desperate) can help. But, before you go too far, Dr. Ploch has a few products that might be able to help—no appointment necessary.
CeraVe Eye Cream
Many of Dr. Ploch’s patients have raved about CeraVe’s Eye Repair Cream and, at just $10.79 for a 1 oz. tube, it’s our most budget-friendly eye cream for dark circles.
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SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex
The Dr. has spoken: This is her favorite product for around the eyes. SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex focuses on the severe signs of aging, reducing the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet while nourishing skin to prevent future signs of aging.
Buy It: $97; dermstore.com
SkinCeuticals AOX Plus Eye Gel
SkinCeuticals AOX Plus Eye Gel is formulated with antioxidants that fight puffiness and combat signs of aging, tiredness, and photodamage. This thin, hardworking formula is ideal for acne-prone skin because it won't clog pores.
Buy It: $94; dermstore.com