Skincare // 03.5.13 // 1 Comments

Skin Secrets: Reduce Your Raccoon Eyes

Skin Secrets: Reduce Your Raccoon Eyes
Lack of sleep may not be to blame for the dark circles under your eyes. Bethenny's dermatologist, Dr. Sobel, gives us the breakdown of raccoon eyes and how to tame them...

What causes dark circles?
Dark circles under the eyes are the result of dilated blood vessels showing thru the skin. Secondarily, they are caused from an increase in pigmentation from sun damage.

Are dark circles genetic?
They can be genetic, most common in fair-complexioned people, but also very common in people of Middle Eastern or Indian descent caused by the increase in melanin production.

It's also common with people with thin skin around the eyes that is genetically linked, or from sun damage, or part of the aging process. Dark circles are also seen in people that have allergies or dry eyes.

Dr. Sobel's Tip: Putting sterile water drops in eyes helps keep them hydrated and reduces the appearance of dark circles.



Are dark circles the same as puffy eyes?
Yes. Puffy eyes can be the result of either water accumulation or fat accumulation. You can differentiate puffy eyes from water accumulation because it will vary from day to day and fat accumulation will be somewhat consistent.

How can women reduce the dark pigmentation under eyes?
The best thing for dark circles is a good coverup with an SPF. Keeping eyes hydrated can help blood vessels from dilating, making the skin under the eyes appear darker. Injections of Restylane and Juvederm can add volume to the skin and mask the appearance of the show of blood vessels as well as reduce the hollowness seen with age.

Are there any vitamins that help reduce darkness?
Fish oil is an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce dark circles due to inflammation. A healthy lifestyle, and the proper amount of rest are all part of helping to have a youthful appearance.

Are there products you recommend for fighting dark circles? Will eye creams help?
Eye creams that have vitamin K help decrease the fragility of blood vessels. Also, creams such as DDF Protect and Correct SPF 15 eye cream will protect against sun damage, and help hold moisture in the skin, making the skin thicker and dark circles less obvious.

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About Dr. Howard Sobel:
Howard D.Sobel, MD is an attending Dermatologist & Dermatologic Surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC who has been voted one of the best Dermatologic Surgeons by NY Magazine for 13 consecutive years. Dr. Sobel received his degree in medicine from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and completed his residency in dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. He is a Board Certified Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgeon, as well as being the first Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology. He is also the founder of one of the first doctor dermatologic skin care lines, DDF (Doctor's Dermatologic Formula).

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