Dark Undereye Circles

Updated on May 20, 2013
T.A. asks from Olympia Fields, IL
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I have suffered all my life with raccoon eyes. I am constantly being told that I look older and tired. My sister is 47 and my brother is 42 and everyone thinks that I am older than them and I am only 37. Of course, this has affected my self-esteem greatly, not to mention my sex life. Has anyone found a product that actually helps with dark circles? I am an african american woman with sensitive skin. I also suffer from eczema on my face, so I have very rough looking skin. So, I am looking for products for sensitive skin. Can anyone help or offer some encouragement?? Thanks!!!

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E.K.

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Hi T.,
I use Coverblend by Neostrata. You can find these products at a lot of stores (like Nordstrom) but here is a link as well. Works very well and coverage lasts all day long. I'm reading the other replies you received - I agree you should look into allergy issues and I've also heard great things about Arbonne products - my girlfriend sells them but I've never tried them. However, I hear they work well too. Here;s the link:
http://www.neostrata.com/store/coverblend.asp
Best of luck!

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A.K.

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Have you tried Bare Escuentuals? Oh it's the best! It's a mineral based make-up and I have been using it for almost a year and I hardly have breakouts anymore. It's wonderful for the skin, plus it has and spf of 15. I wonder if you might need the concealer too? Anyway go to bareescentuals.com, and if you decide to try get the starter kit. It doesn't come with concealer but you can buy that separately!

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A.S.

answers from Chicago on

Clinique (www.clinique.com) makes a product called "All About Eyes" that works well for the dark circles. They make lots of other skincare products too so may have stuff for sensitive skin. It is expensive & doesn't really go on sale but they do sometimes have special offers, free samples, etc. It is also sold at many department stores (Macy's, Carson's, etc.) and they sometimes have coupons that can be used on Clinique. GOOD LUCK!!

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K.M.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.!
I'm K. and I want to thank Toni for referring me. You are so not alone in this battle of skin. Arbonne has amazing products that are all botanically based so there are no harsh chemicals, alcohol, perfumes, dyes, etc. that will irritate your very sensitive skin. We have an awesome eyecream as well that has a plant based acid that is a skin lightener. I swear by it and almost all my customers use it. I would love to send you some pictures of real people but I would need your email address. Reply to me at [email protected]____.com and I think you'll see that pictures "say a thousand words". I look forward to hearing from you and helping you win this battle. So many people have done it already and are holding their heads high! YOU will too. Have a great day now!
K.

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M.H.

answers from Springfield on

These are all great suggestions, but if you try most of these and don't see improvement, try consulting an ENT doctor (EarNoseThroat). My daughter (10) has battled dark circles and eczama under her eyes for 5 years. We have been to family doctors, pediatricians, an allergist, a pediatric dermatologist...They all tried different creams, antihistimines, etc, and some things would help for a while, but never really make it go away all the way. For a separate issue, we went to an ENT, and she said that they needed to take out her tonsils and adenoids. She also said that taking out her adenoids would probably clear up all the stuff around her eyes. WHAT? You mean I have done everything I could possibly do as her mother - aleergy testing, switching to expensive free and clear detergents, shampoos, etc, constantly slathering her with ointments, and MANY OTHER THINGS - and NONE of these doctors ever mentioned that chronically infected adenoids can cause these circles? We had her surgery last week, and her eyes already look 75% better! Doc said it could take up to 6 weeks for them to heal all the way.

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C.P.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T., a couple of thoughts

*Have you considered allergies-dark circles under the eyes can be a sign or either food or enviromental allergies-you may want to be tested. Dealing with those allergies may make those dark areas go away.

*I use an amazing skincare line from Shaklee called Enfuselle which has a great under eye cream. If allergies aren't the issue perhaps Shaklee's eye treatment might help. Let me know if you would like to know how to get it.

God Bless, Cathi

Hope that helps

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K.D.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.. My chiropracter says that the type of dark circles under your eyes is related mainly to dairy alergies and also some other food alergies. My son has the same thing. His is related to dairy. I would highly suggest getting a food alergy screening. Also, remember that you are a beautiful woman. I know that sometimes we feel uncomfortable with how we look, but I am sure that you have other smokin hot features that you can focus on. Good luck..

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A.S.

answers from Peoria on

Hi T.!

I highly suggest finding the nearest Bare Escentuals/Minerals dealer in your area. They usually have this makeup line in store fronts like salons or skin care businesses. There are also actual Bare Escent. stores in
these malls. They have makeup for women of all complexions. I have sensitive skin and these products don't irritate me at all. Good luck and go get yourself a free makeover. It will make you feel beautiful.

Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
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Oakbrook Center
57 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
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Woodfield Mall
#K314 Woodfield Shopping Center
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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Also, they have many salons in the Chicago area that sell the products. Here is the link:

http://www.bareescentuals.com/stores/spa.html

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L.R.

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T.,

I can definitely help. I will send you samples to try and see if they work before you spend your hard earned money on products that don't work. Also, I offer discounts to Mama Source patrons. Email me at [email protected]____.com and I will be happy to send free samples.

L.

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D.N.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.,
I have the same problem but my sister in law used to sell Arbonne products and I love them. They are all natural and they sell and eye syrum that works wonderful. It's a bit pricey ($40) but it lasts at least six months. I can see the difference when I get out of my routine and don't use it for a few weeks. It also seems to brighten up my eyes.

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J.T.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.,

For some people, dark circles are an indication of allergies or a nutritional deficiency. I scanned one of my Shaklee discussion groups and found people getting rid of dark circles by addressing allergies but also adding Shaklee's multivitamin Vita Lea and B-Complex. Each person is unique, but changing diet to more fruits and veggies can help just about everyone. Shaklee also has a nutritional skincare line called Enfuselle. Below is a testimonial from one product user regarding dark circles under the eye. If you would like more info or a sample, I would be happy to provide it.

"Pores Tighten -- Dark Circles Lighten!

I am 26 years old with normal to oily skin type. I have been using Enfuselle for 3 weeks and have already noticed a tremendous change in my face. For starters, I have always had large and very visible pores on my nose with lots of blackhead problems. Enfuselle has tightened those pores to the point where I need to get very close to the mirror to see them! Another battle for me has been dark circles under the eyes. I look back at my kindergarten picture and I had dark circles! I always believed they were from lack of sleep and also a heredity issue. I have noticed a substantial lightening after using the eye treatment. Shannon Robinson"

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R.H.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.,
I have been using a wonderful natural skin care line called "Enfuselle Nutrition Therapy for the Skin" (which means to infuse the skin with vitamins).Shaklee offers a money back guarantee if you do not get the results that you want.
My question for you would be "do you take vitamins?" I just wonder if it could possible be a vitamin deficiency. For more info go to
www.shaklee.net/hendersons4health and type in Nutrition Therapy in the search box at the top right corner.

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J.F.

answers from Chicago on

T.,
I am an Arbonne Consultant and believe that our products may provide you with some relief and assistance. My children are both african american (but I have only used the baby products on them - which are fantastic)but I have had several people with skin conditions that sound similar to yours who have been helped greatly with Arbonne products. If you would like to meet for a cup of coffee, I can bring some samples and talk with you about the product and see what we can come up with. There is also a 45 day return policy so if we see that you would like to try something for an extended period of time to see the results, you could still get 100% refund on the product. Please respond and let me know either via email or on my cell phone ###-###-####. I would love to help you.
J.

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T.V.

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Hi T.-there are some really great quality products out there. have you ever been matched for a concealer as well? I swear by Arbonne products-have been using them for 6 years and there is a mamasource mom that is a rep. They have an awesome under eye cream and you couple that with the serum and it makes huge differences!! It is a natural product made up of a fruit base and I know of many women that have sensitive skin and eczema can use this product.

Her name is Karen McNab. Her email is [email protected]____.com is listed in the member perks!!

T.

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T.G.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.,
I too have suffered the same problem for a few years now. Until I found Mary Kay's Indulge™ Soothing Eye Gel and TimeWise® Targeted-Action™ Eye Revitalizer and talk about a world of difference!
TimeWise® Targeted-Action™ Eye Revitalizer is specifically formulated to address multiple causes of dark circles and undereye puffiness. And the Indulge Soothing Eye Gel is a cool gel to reduce the appearances of puffiness, leaving the eye area firm, toned and moisturized.
There's also TimeWise® Firming Eye Cream, a rich eye cream so advanced it firms, brightens, provides intense moisturization, plus minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. It’s one product with multiple benefits, for beautiful eyes.

You can visit my site for more info, www.marykay.com/TLGilmore
Let me know if you need more help.
T. G.
email: [email protected]____.com

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J.W.

answers from Chicago on

I use Arbonne products and it helps, however, the main reason why we have dark under eye circles is that it is an indication of food and environmental allergies. In Chinese Medicine it indicates a weak kidney energy and have to build up your kidneys by eating foods that nourish them such as quinoa (keen-wa), salmon, trout, blackberries, blueberries, walnuts, onions to name a few. The book I would recommend and where the info came from is "You Are What You Eat" By Dr. Gillian McKeith. Your skin is the key to what is going on inside the body! So Eczema is another key sign that you are suffering from food allergies, particulaly dairy and nuts. I have dark circles and a combo of eliminating dairy and arbonne eye cream, I am able to see a huge difference. Also make sure you are getting at least 7hrs of sleep per night. Cucumbers on the eyes is not a myth, it helps reduce swelling! :) Good luck!

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D.W.

answers from Springfield on

Hi.....I am an Arbonne Consultant. We specialize in pure safe beneficial products.I truly believe our RE9 anit-aging skin care system is what you are looking for. I would love to drop off the bag to you and let you try it for a couple of days at no cost to you. That is why I love doing this business because the product is so awsome it sells its self. You can reach [email protected]____.com't wait to hear from you!

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A.G.

answers from Chicago on

I have heard that vitamin K creams are great, but I have yet to find one LOL. I also have extremely sensitive skin, and the beginnings of rosacea (yay lucky me). I really, really like Origins Mega Mushroom skin care line for reactive skin. It costs a small fortune, but a little goes a long way, and there eye cream is great. They also have a moisturizing cream that is really great for rosacea, I only got a sample of it becasue I had already spent a fortune the rest of the stuff, and I'll be darned if I can think of the name of it...something like perfect world. Anyhow, the girl who helped me had a son with severe eczema, showed me pics and everything. Cleared it right up in two weeks she said. That being said, I attempted to save money and Boots all natural skin care line from Target that was for sensitive skin, well lets just say I am going back to Orgins.

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D.L.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.,
I go to a wonderful African American Dermatologist. Her name is Dr. Barbosa & her office is in Skokie ###-###-####. I know there is a shortage of products for African American skin, but perhaps she can help you.

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L.K.

answers from Chicago on

Our doc has said that dark rings under the eyes are a sign of allergies. Have you tried taking a claritin or something of the sort? I get them and when I take Sudafed 12 hr. or something of the like, they seem to go away for the most part. My son has eczema real bad and he was recently put on Allegra and he always looked tired before. It has helped not only the eczema but the eyes. Good luck

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K.S.

answers from Chicago on

I too suffer from these Dark circles under my eyes.People say I need to take vitamins and get more sleep but I do get alot of sleep.I have tried make up but most of the time I don't wear it.I have pale skin and alot of allergies.So,It would be nice to find the answer to this most puzzling question.Sorry I couldn't help you but,I feel your pain.K. Smith

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J.F.

answers from Chicago on

The only product I can use on my sensitive skin is Cetaphil. I've used this product for over 15 years with great success. It is a gentle skin cleanser & this is the only thing I use on my face. I'm sorry I don't have any products to recommend for dark circles.

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B.A.

answers from Chicago on

I had circles under my eyes forever then I found out I have celiac disease, not absorbing enough nutrients. Also overweight preventing me from a good night of sleep, even when I thought I was getting one. So I don' believe a cream or putting anything topical will give a permanent solution. For myself it was exercise, eating according to food needs, boosting up my veggie and fruit intake, losing 50lbs and getting a real night of sleep every night. I have been asked if I had a facelift, nope just living a healthier life. If you feel you have anything going on diabetes, high blood pressure, weight, hypothyroidism, general fatigue, high stress call the doctor make an appointment and see if simple fixes will help your eyes and help you just feel better. This also helped my dry skin by taking care of everything else. I am 38 and still have a long road to travel and want to do it with the best health possible. Good luck.

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P.S.

answers from Chicago on

T., I just read your request to solve problems with dark rings around the eyes. I was wondering did you find an answer to your problem? If you haven't I do have something that will work wonders/miracles with any problem you may have even with sensitive skin.

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S.B.

answers from Chicago on

Dear T.
I am a consultant for Arbonne International. We are a health and wellness company. All of our products are botanically based, with a promise to be pure, safe, and beneficial. There is a big difference between our products and what you find in stores. You can feel and see the difference. We have an eye cream specific for wrinkles, puffy, and dark circles. I can meet with you for a one on one consult and we can do a patch test to see if your sensitive to it or not. If you are, I suggest our baby line which many people with sesnstive skin use with great results. I am happy to work with you to find a skin care line that works for you and gives you results for your dark cicles and eczema. There is no reason for you not to look and feel your best!! I think Arbonne can help. Just so you know, there is a 45 day return policy, so you can try products without worrying about wasting money. Give me a call or email. i would love to meet you and help you with you skin care! S. Britton [email protected]____.com ###-###-####

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B.D.

answers from Chicago on

I have dark areas under my eyes also. I am 32. I use Mary Kay products as I have sensitive skin. Their foundation is very light and covers up the circles beautifully. They also have a concealer but I have never used that.

Mary Kay is pricey but it is totally worth it. I used to use Avon and it is SO much better than Avon.

Hope this helps.
:)

K.Z.

answers from Chicago on

I also have both, My exema on my face has only been recent and concentrated around my eyes.I went to a dermatalogist and he gave me 2 cremes. They worked wonderfully, not only did my skin around my eyes stop itching but the puffy redness went away. Ive always had dark circles under my eyes also because im italian. what i find that works, temperarally is the skin of potatoes. Just lay the inside of the patatoe skin on the area that you want lighter and less swollen until it dries up and you should see a difference, i always do. make sure the patatoe skin is thin though. if they are thick their hard to stick. Also eating an alvachado once a weak helps to.

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T.O.

answers from Chicago on

hello,

Food or enviromental allergies can be the cause. I notice my nephew's dark circle get worse whenhe's exposed to cat dander, dust, also certain foods. Try an elimination diet. Also research raw food diets. See raw family.com & others, also books on the subject. Try Karyn's Raw Restaurant in Lincoln Park, they have many raw food books, & even deox classes, etc. I've gone to lecture by Victoria Boutenko & Jenny ???. Many participants say when they swtched to raw foods all their bad symtpoms, pains , etc just went away miraculously. good luck to you

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E.S.

answers from Chicago on

hi,
I have read and noticed on myself that eye puffiness and dark circles at least partially come from dehydration. I do know that on myself, they decrease when I drink a lot of water. it won't fix the problem completely, but it's free and worth a try!

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A.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.,

I don't think anyone recommended Aveda products yet. I have horribly dry skin - not quite eczema, but similar issues. The Aveda tourmaline line has worked wonders for me. My mom comments every time I see her how much better my skin looks than it used to. I recently started using their under eye cream for dark circles and I am seeing some improvement. There are Aveda stores in the city and at Oak Brook and Woodfield Mall. You can pick up their products at their salons as well. The products are natural and Aveda stands behind them - if you don't like something you purchased after using it at home you can exchange it. The clerks are generally very helpful and they do have a line that is specifically designed for sensitive skin. If you can afford to splurge on yourself a little bit I would highly recommend getting a facial at one of their spa/salons and getting a full consultation with the aesthetician. Hope you find something that works for you.

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B.W.

answers from Chicago on

Have you ever been tested for allergies? Chronic dark circls under the eyes can be from allergies.

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M.M.

answers from Chicago on

I have used numerous products to no avail! I wish I had more to offer as far as products go, etc.. I have been covering my circles since high school---high school! My biggest factor is to be sure I get my rest. Always remember what is inside because all of our bodies eventually fade. You look good! And--it probably is not affecting your sex life as much as you think! Don't psych yourself out by saying it is all about your eyes because you know being with someone (sexually or otherwise) is much more than that! Really. I mean really!!!

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C.P.

answers from Chicago on

There is a woman on Mamasource who works through a Swedish skin-care company that is incredibly reputable and she's really a great woman. I really know she could help you out! Her name is Karen M and she's from Mount Prospect. She has a wealth of knowledge and products available!

Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to find her on Mamasource, so if you can search for her and message her, you should definitely do that. If you can't find her, message me again and I can send you her e-mail!

C.

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G.C.

answers from Chicago on

Dark circles can sometimes be due to a deffency or allergy. I have this problem and grew with ecxema. My children also had both. We were diagnosed with dairy allergies and candidia. We started staying a way from dairy, mostly. LOL And we started a new supplement, that really worked with these issues and others, related and not. I also only use only natural and organic toletries and cleaners. There are a lot of reasonable choices on the market now. Good luck, G. Chambers

C.J.

answers from Houston on

Apart from prevention, there's also plenty of home cures that can help deal with under eye skin damage. Such as the following:

•Vitamin E - long proven to fight skin aging, vitamin E is an effective partner in reducing current facial lines and stopping new ones from forming. Squeeze out a small amount from a capsule and use directly under the eyes during bedtime.
•Coconut Oil - extremely moisturizing, daily applications in the eye area may cause visible results in a little like a 7 days.
•Grape Seed Oil - is particularly successful for skin damage repair due to its nourishing and also moisturizing properties. Maintains skin hydrated and possesses proanthocyanidins, powerful antioxidants which help slow skin damage. Use some in the eye are during the day.
•Cucumber - very long recognized to be able to relaxed irritated skin. Slice thinly and also use as an eye cold compress in order to loosen up the tissues nearby the eyes.
•Avocado - rich in organic essential oil, avocado is an excellent moisturizer which is effective in order to motivate the skin to produce more of its own oil to be able to moisturize dried out skin.
•Castor oil - one more excellent moisturizer, a few drops can be applied beneath the eyes after cleaning at bed time to keep skin flexible.
•Spirulina - have been discovered to relieve marks and fine lines.
•Dandelion - helpful for skin detoxification and hydration.

Or you can apply any best eye cream for dark circles containing vitamin K and argiline. Dark circles may be caused by a deficiency of vitamin K. Regardless of the cause, however, skin creams containing these two ingredients reduce puffiness and discoloration significantly in many people. Long-term daily use seems to have the greatest effect.
http://www.thebeautyinsiders.com/eye-creams/

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H.J.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.,

I have just the thing (s) for you! I had a client who had the same thing, in one application she had one eye completly recovered, it was amazing!

I am a consultnat for Jafra Cosmetics, perhaps you have heard of us. We are from California and have been in the business for over 50 years!

The product is optimeyes eye cream, and its .5 oz. (only $23.00! compare to same products for $65.00!)
I also do parties if you want to get $250.00 in free products and have a fun night with some girlfriends!

For Exema, we have Royal Jelly. A natural face lotion that goes 7 layers deep into your skin keeping you moisturized for 24 hours. This miracle cream dates back to the pharrohs. I have been using it for 20 years myself and swear by it. (this product is free with a party) for the body is the Royal Jelly body complex. These arent' cheap, which is why ppl book parties, its all free! the whole collection! I also sell a sample pack when you book a party, a $50 value for $15!!! contains both Royal products and botox in a bottle, the Royal Life serum. ;-)

Feel free to check out my webpage: www.myjafra.com/hjohnson2

You'll be very happy you did tried this, belive me. We do have a 20 day return policy, and you will know in as little as 3 days weather this product is for you I guarntee it!

;-) H. J.
Jafra Consultant

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J.E.

answers from Chicago on

the dark cicrles mean you have an allergy and the ezema tells you so too. Do you see an allergiest? there is a good book out there for kids diagnosing the eyes and etc it is called... Is this Your child by Doris Raap. It might help you to. I woudl get to an allergist and it will help you. Most likey it is a food that is causing the circles and ezegma mostly likely culprits are milk and wheat. Take them out of your diet and I bet you will see an amazing change or get teted by blood, skin or patch testing to see what the causes could be.
J.

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K.H.

answers from Bloomington on

hi T.,
i love the obagi skin care ;line. it treats everything as it is a medical line of skin care. it can be pricy but who can put a price on feeling good about yourself?! there's a clear cream which can lessen dark circles and the line will smooth out rough skin.
hope that helps, and also, almost forgot, eczema can be treated by a product you can find at any drug store called Am- lactin. a dermatologist recommended that.
Good luck and know that God made you beautiful just the way you are!!
K.

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A.Z.

answers from Chicago on

T.,
Have you found a product that has helped you? If not, I would love to help you out with some samples of Arbonne. Contact me if you are interested.

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D.H.

answers from Chicago on

Dark circles are often considered a family trait, one my own family has too, but it can be caused by other reasons. Have you ever had allergy testing done? Both eczema and dark circles are often caused by food allergies or sensitivities. One responder mentioned celiac disease. We currently have our son on a gluten free (diet for celiacs) diet and noticed an improvement in his dark circles. Good luck!

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V.L.

answers from Chicago on

I don't have dark circle under my eyes, but I do have darker skin and eczema. I suggest visiting Dr. Stockton, dermatologist, and Windy (sp?), her onsite esthetician, in Frankfort on LaGrange Rd. Dr. Stockton helped me control my eczema and Windy gives great facials and can suggest a cleaning & moisturizing regimen that works for you. If gettinga regular facial from her is not in your budget, you can get a facial at Trendsetter's beauty school in Mokena for $35. THe environment is not ideal, but the facial is pretty good.

Good luck!

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B.G.

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I have a friend that used the arbonne eye cream not only on dark eye circles but on the dark spots from prolonged birth control use...it was a miracle for her, I love it too but I know not everything works for everyone, if you want I can send you a couple free samples and you can see if it works for you, email me if you want me to stick them in the mail for you...

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J.S.

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My suggestion is that you first schedule an appointment with your family doctor or an allergist. The darkness around the eyes that you describe could be from allergies.

J.

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J.F.

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Physicians RX you can find it at Walmart. They have this stuff for under your eyes that has done wonders for the bags under my eyes. I am allergic to almost everything out there and I have had no problem with this stuff. It claims to work quick and it does and it also claims that the more you use it the better your eyes will look and that is true too. I have used t for some time and I love it. Hope this helps.

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B.L.

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Girl, you and I are in the same shape. I am 45 and look 55 because of my racoon eyes. I have tried everything in Walgreens for dark circles and still nothing. I asked my doctor and her suggestion was more rest, I do get an adequate amount of rest however I still look tired all the time. I am scheduled to see a dermatologist and I will ask him/her what can they suggest, if it helps I will pass it on to you. Until then apply concealer and keep your head up, you are not alone.

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S.F.

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Hi T., Have you ever tried Mary Kay? They have wonderful skin care products make for sensitive skin, such as our Eye Revitalizer for dark circles and puffiness. I would be glad to help in any way I can.

S.

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L.C.

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T. A,

I totally understand the feelings that come with dark circles. I may not be able to help with that exactly, but I can for the eczema! I have suffered from eczema most of my life...people don't understand how miserable it can be. Please email me directly at [email protected]____.com, I would be happy to share the products I use that have improved my skin!

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A.W.

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Mary Kay has a product that helps dark circles and puffiness around the eye area. It is called TimeWise Targeted-Action Eye Revitalizer. As far as the eczema on your face, we have some great skin care for that as well. Yes, vitamin K does help with dark circles. Good luck finding the products that will suit you best!!

You can check out more about the Mary Kay line at my website www.marykay.com/adwest. Hope this helps!!

A.

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