17 August 2010

Dark Circle and Weight Loss - Is it Related?

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Do any of you experience dark circle under your eyes after losing weight? 

Weight Loss and Dark Circle
As they say, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. 

The skin below our eyes is very thin and is not as well endowed with oil glands as the rest of the body. Basically, the skin below our eyes gets dry and wrinkled as we age. As a result, the veins in the lower eye area appear more prominent and develop dark circles under the eyes.

How dark circle has anything to do with weight loss? When you lose weight, you will also lose some of the fat surrounding your eyes. This loss combined with the thinning of your skin, magnifies the appearance of dark eye circles. Indeed, losing weight does not come without a cost! Dark under eye circles have many causes, and weight loss isn't the only one.

Here are some other possible non-related weight loss factors that cause dark circles.

1. Heredity 

Dark under eye circles is often an inherited trait. Those who are prone to allergies or itchy skin condition are susceptible to dark circles since inflammation and rubbing of eyes can thicken and darken the skin around them. Some food allergies can also cause the area under the eyes to appear darker. Excess folds of skin under the eyes will also make dark circles more pronounced.

2. Lack of Sleep 

Lack of sleep and fatigue can cause the skin to grow wan and pale. This makes blood vessels under the eyes to appear more visible and dark. The paleness that occurs with fatigue, a cold or sinus infection or during menstruation or pregnancy may accentuate the circles under the eyes. Partying all night and smoking can play havoc with your skin and result in dark eye circles. But bear in mind, oversleeping on the other hand can also cause dark eye circles.

3. Bone Structure 

Deep set eyes may have a tendency to develop dark shadows under them. In fair-skinned persons, dark eyes become more obvious.

4. Sun Exposure 

Increased exposure to the sun can draw pigmentation the skin’s surface and create dark circles.

5. Medication 

Drugs that cause blood vessels to dilate may result in darkening circles around the eyes.

6. Nutrition 

Dark circle around the eyes can be the result of poor nutrition.

7. Hormonal Changes 

Since the skin undergoes changes during pregnancy and menstruation, you may notice darkening of the circles under the eyes.

Dark Circle and Weight Loss - Is it Related?

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  • Losing weight will cause annoying dark circles under your eyes. How do you treat them? Leave your comments below. 
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