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dark circles....is there no way ot get rid of them?

By Anonymous July 9, 2009 - 4:43am
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I have bad dark circles...guess 9-10 people have it atleast once in a while.
Moreover,dark circles is the 2nd most comman dermatological complaint(acne being #1).I found a website that gives decent explanation for the causes of dark-circles(breakage of capillaries) and found it very informative.here it is: http://www.darkcircles.net/index.html
I have a few queries:
I do know the cause for these bags and mine is due to heredity(comes from my mother).I have tried all possible remedies(natural home made,allopathy,homoepathy,herbal,ayurvedic) and let me tell you its been effective in reducing my cronic dark circles(homoepathy and ayurvedy have been very beneficial to me and have no side effects at all).However, my dark circles are still visible clearly and I have a thin skin around my eyes,so i fear that as i am aging the dark circles will increase.Thats my worry

Very clearlly i am aware that dark circles cannot be removed permanently,however I dont want them to go worse with aging.vitamin k(when taken internally helps to build the veins and capillaries).I need someone to tell me : would application of vitmain k externally help reduce dark circles? many websites claim that retinol(vit A)+ vit K is the best solution so far for dark circles together with proper diet and sleep.where would I find such a combination?(name of the medicines,if you can suggest).
has anyone used retivalume?????
I got beautiful eyes but my dark circles make me look tired and I look much older than what I am.All i want is to control them.its sad to know that science is developed way too much but yet there is no remedy to get rid of dark circles.any suggestions and experiences are welcome.Look forward to hear from you.

P.S: I have visited a board certifed dermatologist and it was of no use.he just said its heredity and nothing much can be done about it.

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wow.i never expected to have receive such an accurate reply.thank you so much.you made my day.I am definitely going to try out this products;but after consulting the doc.
i had kinda lost all hopes on vanishing the dark circles but it seems better now.

I got info about retivalume on the website that i have mentioned in my question.Its a little expensive but they claim of reducing dark cirlces.there are a few customer testimonials as well.

July 11, 2009 - 12:26pm

Hi, Anon. Welcome to EmpowHer, and thanks for your question!

You have done a lot of research and you have tried a lot of things; I'm not sure that I'll be able to offer you anything that you haven't already tried. Dark circles are hereditary, but they are also affected by such things as the following, according to the Mayo Clinic:

--Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
--Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families
--Lifestyle factors, such as smoking and drinking alcohol and caffeinated sodas
--Nasal congestion (which dilates and darkens the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose)
--Pigmentation irregularities — these are a particular concern for people of color, especially blacks and Asians
--Sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
--Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — which make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious

The Mayo Clinic does say that in some cases, prescription creams or even laser treatments can help:


And on that page, it does say this:

"The results of one well-publicized study showed that a cream containing vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E and retinol was moderately effective in treating under-eye circles."

Is that the cream you are asking about? Here is one preparation that has those ingredients, but from this we don't know how much of each ingredient is present, in what form, and in exactly which combination:


This is more specific about its contents, but does not carry every one of the ingredients:


I didn't find anything at all about Retivalume; what do you know about it or where did you hear about it?

July 10, 2009 - 8:49am
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