Last Modified on Jan 21, 2014
Natural Skin Care Remedies for Dark Circles Under the Eyes
Dark eye circles, also known as periorbital dark circles, are an unsightly skin condition occurring around the thin skin surrounding the eyes and may be accompanied by puffiness. They have been compared to varicose veins, as they are typically an inherited trait; transparent skin can display the blood vessels around the eyes. This condition can be triggered by allergies as well, since rubbing and scratching itchy eyes can cause dark blemishes to form. Other contributors to dark eye circles are anemia, fatigue, liver problems, and age.
If you have dark circles under your eyes, treatment from most mainstream solutions suggests make-up and cosmetics, a very temporary solution for dark circles under eyes. Treatment stories on our page have happier endings, suggesting lasting cures such as oil pulling, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and recommended dietary changes as home remedies for dark circles. If you have combated dark circles under your eyes, successfully or unsuccessfully, you are quite welcomed to share your story here for others to learn from!
[NAY] 01/21/2014: St from Japan: "Almond oil may work for tired eyes but life long dark circles it does not work for at all. It is nice on the skin but after 1 year of using almond oil, I can 100% say it does not work for people that have dark circles from childhood."Replies
01/21/2014: Susan from Tx replies: "I don't have dark circles under my eyes but I do have darkness at the inner corners of my eyes. The almond oil didn't work for those but I do think that food allergies can cause them. And even healthy foods can cause dark circles if you're eating a food that your body is allergic to!
I am trying the Eat Right For Your Type eating plan and hope that avoiding certain foods will make them go away. I also have an omega juicer so plan on juicing every day! My favorite juices will have kale in them. Good luck to everyone in getting rid of their dark under eye circles!"
[YEA] 02/14/2010: Claudia from Santa Fe, Nm: "I've been using almond oil on a cotton ball to remove eye makeup for nearly a year now and it is simply fantastic! It removes mascara and any other eye makeup gently and easily. It also has made my eyelashes softer and I have no dark under eye circles anymore. It's also fairly cheap and the bottle lasts a very long time!"Replies
06/21/2011: Deol from Lllppj, Nnndkdld replies: "how long did you treat ur dark circles with almond oil? does it take weeks or months?"
09/27/2012: Patty from Lagos, Nigeria replies: "Hello, I read hear that almond oil is good to cure dark circles under eye. But I'm a Nigerian, stays in Lagos city. How can I get this almond oil. I dont seem to find it in nigeria market."
05/01/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I use coconut oil in my diet and topically and a mutli mineral that is 1 to 1 ratio of calcium magnesium and my dark circles that I have had since childhood are gone and they were DARK.
I think my other magnesium that is citrate also plumped my skin back up and so the skin is not thin under my eyes any more and the wrinkles in my forehead are fading away and they were deep tracks
If you are trying new things... Go slow! Love, Joy"
11/03/2013: Style-bites from Los ángeles, Ca replies: "What magnesium citrate did you take?"
Apple Cider Vinegar
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/27/2013: Whatchamacallit from Dupage, Il, Usa: "After reading up on all the benefits that ACV/water has to offer, I figured what harm could it do? My main goal was to just feel better and less tired, loose some weight, and maybe it would also help diminish the bags under my eyes (I mainly get puffiness at the top of my cheekbones).
So three days ago, I began a ritual of drinking ACV mixed with water every day-two 20 oz. glasses with about 2 TB ACV in each glass. Note: Always sip this drink with a straw to prevent tooth erosion!
I must say, that after three days sipping throughout the day, it has begun to help me. Today I don't see as much puffiness around my middle (not to say that I've lost weight, but the puffiness isn't as bad). And the puffiness around my eyes has diminished slightly. My mood has improved a bit too.
I am also avoiding sugar-using Stevia- and dairy when I can. Also eating more chicken and salmon and drinking almond milk. ACV has definitely helped with curbing my appetite. I'm taking extra vitamins to help fill in the gap since I'm not eating quite as much right now.
I haven't had any bad reactions to taking ACV so as long as it keeps doing what it's doing, I'm going to stick with it! I'm looking forward to a better me."
[YEA] 03/17/2012: Omnischoolmom from Durham, North Carolina, Usa: "Here is the ACV ratio I use: 5 parts water, 2 parts raw honey (optional), and 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar. Good for drinking and topical application, even one drop at a time in the eyes (one eye at a time, it will sting for a good 10 seconds, so roll your eye all around while closed to coat it before your tears wash it out)."
[YEA] 10/06/2010: Rachel from To, Canada: "Apply to face nightly. I freeze my ACV in a ice cube tray. When I want to take some I cut it into little pieces and take with warm water. This way you can't really taste the ACV and you won't ruin your the enamel on your teeth."
[YEA] Deirdre from Atlanta, GA: "I have noticed several things about dark circles under my eyes... Besides being genetic, they are very much related to both food and environmental allergies. Too much sugar and my chronic circles are darker than dark. Too much wheat, same same. If I am experiencing congestion from pollen, my dark circles are worse. My antidote besides cutting out the food? Apple Cider Vinegar. Works almost instantaneously"Replies
07/16/2008: David from Beaverton, OR replies: "I was wondering about using the apple cider vinegar for my dark circles and needed to know do you drink it? If so how much daily? Or do you apply it directly under the eyes? Thanks for your help!"
01/30/2009: Betsey from Detroit, Michigan replies: "I was wondering, do you drink the ACV or apply it directly to the dark circles?"
03/21/2009: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA replies: "So sorry, I just realized that there were 2 questions here for me that I never saw! I drink it: 2 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water once a day. When I have managed to stay off of wheat and sugar for a period of time, it has made a dramatic difference."
04/10/2009: Ray from Atlanta, GA replies: "I was wondering, if the purpose of cutting out wheat to avoid gluten? That means no whole wheat bread or pasta?"
04/11/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Ray, You can answer your own question by seeing if total elimination of wheat products gets rid of the dark circles under eyes. It it does then try some of the whole wheat products and see if they return. It may be something used in the bleaching process instead of the gluten. Of course any allergy to other foods may be the cause, not just wheat. Dairy products are another big cause of allergies, but there again, if you can find someone with a cow that sells unprocessed milk, you might find that it isn't the milk but something the processors added that is the problem rather than the milk."
09/29/2010: Sandy from Mission Viejo, Ca replies: "Deirdre, I will try the ACV drink. Can you tell me how long it took for you to notice significant results?"
01/18/2013: Lora from Bristol, Ct, USA replies: "Yes, very good for eye infection also. Use it as an eye drops.
5 part of water
2 part Manuka Honey
1 part of ACV
Also improves your vision."
04/09/2011: Peggy from Tiffin, Ohio: "Hi I am a 35 yr old mom my family and I are suffering from pesticide poisoning... Everyday is a new struggle. I recently started developing slightly puffy dark circles under my eyes and heard that it could be from the toxins in my liver. I am taking livaplex from standard process along with other herbs. Has anybody ever heard if this will work? And will the circles go away?"Replies
04/12/2011: Cb from Blaricum, The Netherlands replies: "Hi, I do not know about livaplex, but you can try to use activated charcoal (with plenty of water) as it binds a lot of toxins! You can also try to do a liver cleanse (look up Hulda Clark)."
01/11/2011: Crachel from Huntington Beach, Ca, Usa: "Hi there! I am so excited I found this site as I feel like there are a number of things currently ailing me :
I have pretty bad asthma as well as allergies, and am currently still recovering from a chest cold which put me in the ER on Christmas for my asthma. They told me I also had bronchitus in the hospital and subsequently put me on 3 days of prednisone and a weeks worth of antibiotics (erythromycin.. 8 pills a day). I finished all the medication as directed and I am just now starting to feel better although I still have a lingering cough and blowing my nose a lot.
I have decided to start this new year healthy and natural and am really hoping to make a change in my lifestyle and overall health through natural means. I eat a primarily vegetarian diet, and make fresh juices every day at home, also I exercize and do yoga and pilates at least 3 times a week (i did not exercize the past 2 weeks as I was still sick).
I read all about the oil pulling method as well as the benefits of ACV on this site and I have a few questions. I am interested in doing a colon cleanse and then a liver cleanse to really detox my body (i guess you could say I abused it over the past ten years partying, I am a 27 yr old woman now). Would anyone be able to recommend what to do first? I have heard the first thing to do is a colon cleanse before a liver cleanse, and I was reading about the Dr. Naturas cleanse and to me it seemed great.
I want to also start trying the ACV methods and Oil pulling to help with my candida (my gynecologist has told me I have high amounts of yeast and I did the candida spit test this morning) as well as dark undereye circles, acne, and my joints which pop and crack more than the average persons in my opinion. Is it bad to start oil pulling and taking ACV at the same time as starting a colon cleanse? I tried OP for the first time this morning with one tbls. of Olive oil for 20 min, and subsequently coughed up quite a bit of extra phlegm afterwards.
Sorry this post is so long, I am just looking for some advice on how to get healthy the natural way since I was starting to think I was aging prematurely but I think my body is just really toxic! Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. God bless."Replies
02/17/2011: Msannanola from New Orleans, La replies: "Crachel: You must must must try the water cure and its various aspects. Your sinus / allergies and your aching joints are classic signs of dehydration. I used the water cure successfully to rid myself of most allergy symptoms I even started having asthma symptoms which went away in two days of drinking sufficient water. You need 1/2 your weight in ounces of water and a little unrefined sea salt per day the pink himalayan is great. You also need iodine, I used kelp and then later lugols solution. Magnesium, I use magnesium oil. The rest of what you need you will most likely get from your food. The water has made a huge difference for others who I have recommended it to. One lady is off daily doses of benadryl. Now she only takes it as needed. I am off of zyrtec. I have stopped needing antibiotics 4 to 6 times a year! This has been a huge life change for me! I am about to turn 40 and I am so proud of taking control of my own health!"
12/13/2013: Gokhals from Ca, Usa replies: "Try raw milk for Asthma and other lung problems."
[YEA] 12/19/2007: kristin from St. Louis, MO: "Around your eyes the skin is the thinest...Right? Think of the brown spots if any on your skin. The body is not cleaning itself and it is trying to tell you everytime you look in the mirror...Help! Now your liver and possibly your kidneys need a really good cleanse. You could see the difference pretty fast, the skin is the biggest organ we have and it is the first to give us a warning that something is wrong. Cleanse.... Oh, some people have different colors red, yellow, purple around their eyes, same thing....there is a build up of something your body DOES NOT LIKE...Cleanse... Have a delightful Holiday Season."Replies
10/31/2008: Wanda from Fern Park, FL replies: "I have deep circles under my eyes, you have something here. Cleanse with what? Help Iam 43 and Iam over this!"
[YEA] 01/11/2009: Robin from Rocky Ridge, Ohio replies: "I couldn't agree more with this suggestion. I have had dark eye circles all my adult life and have watched my mom's get darker as she aged. In an effort to overcome some illnesses I have, I decided to try internal cleansing. I found one that worked amazingly well and one of the side benefits of removing toxins from my body was the lightening of the dark circles.
I've written about this in another thread for heavy metal cleansing and they asked me to name it so I will again. It was Dr. Natura's Colonix internal cleansing system. It's really simple, gentle and effective.
It promoted better bathroom results, easier female cycles, a cessation of hair loss, thicker, stronger and longer nails, decreased the dark circles, cleared up my skin, helped me sleep better, gave me more energy, increased my cravings for fresh veggies, I lost about 15-20 lbs, and my middle shrank in inches from finally being empty like it is suppose to be.
Beauty begins on the inside, you can't just slather stuff on and expect results. Dark circles, skin conditions, hair loss etc., these are signs that our bodies need work on the inside.
Blessings and good luck!"
[YEA] 07/17/2007: Audrey from Gardner, Kansas: "coconut oil=so far helped my cracked feet and under eye dark circles...I have had dry feet 4ever...in the last year they have severely cracked...I have been applying the coconut oil for 2 days at night...feet are healing like crazy and circles are diminishing"Replies
05/30/2009: Curious from Pasadena, CA replies: "Do you apply coconut oil on your dark circles too?"
[YEA] 11/19/2009: Angel from La, Ca replies: "coconut oil..OMG..I used everything from vitamin c to high end creams, I inhererited dark sunken circles which at 44 started to make me look REALLY sick!!! I started coconut oil for thyroid, not only have I lost weight, sleep, now I noticed in 1 week my eye cleared???
WHAT AMAZING STUFF...AND i don't get easily impressed. I LOOK NORMAL..not like I have anemia..anymore!!! I eat 2 tablespoon and apply it under eye like 4 times..."
01/23/2010: Timr from Dover, Delaware replies: "I am very curious about the use of coconut oil for dark sunken eyes. I believe it is hereditary sense my twin sister has the same problem. I have tried just about everything I can think of. I read your feedback about coconut oil and was wondering. What type of oil did you use? Did you injest it also? and how long did it take to see results? Thanks T."
[YEA] 01/23/2011: Linda from Nyc replies: "i have used both nutiva and spectrum topically for my dark eyes and they both have worked. I think nutiva is better since its raw. My dark circles are hereditary and to top it off I suffer from insomnia and sinus issues. I saw a difference in maybe 4 days to a week. It sure does the trick and its natural. Taking it internally wouldn't hurt but it isn't necessary."
08/22/2011: Sonam from Mumbai, India replies: "Hey, what is the procedure of applying coconut oil on dark circles and Is this removes dark circles permanatly? Wating for Reply.
[NAY] 02/28/2012: Mivtops from New York replies: "I tried for a couple of weeks to no avail."
Dark Eyelids Remedies
02/21/2013: Bostonewbie from Somerville, Ma: "Hello there, I've read about a few posts for remedies of dark circles, but does anyone else suffer from extremely dark eyelids? Mine are getting worse - and I'm sure they are hereditary and linked to allergies and exzema - if anyone has any suggestions out there - I'm desperate, thanks community!"Replies
06/06/2013: Yellow Duck from Thisnthere, California replies: "Hi Bostonewbie, Oil pulling has lightened my darkened eyelids, along with applying Vitamin K cream to the lids. You can read about oil pulling here at Earth Clinic and can find a good Vitamin K cream at a health store. My darkened lids were due to years of itchy eyes and the subsequent rubbing to try to quell the itch. Upon inspection with a lighted magnified mirror, I saw tiny broken blood vessels all along the eyelids--the culprits of the darkening.
Another skin brightener is plain yogurt. After washing my face, I pat it dry and apply a thin layer of plain yogurt, letting it set as a mask for twenty minutes each night before rinsing. One can use non-fat, low fat, or regular plain yogurt. I've tried each and prefer low fat. The skin feels moisterized and dewy afterward, and is brightened considerably. I recommend organic yogurt for this.
I hope this helps."
[YEA] 11/17/2011: Wendy from Jerusalem, Israel: "I've had dark circles since forever. When I put on makeup, the most important thing I'd use was concealer. In my late 40s, I started to see a raccoon in the mirror.
I totally cleaned up my diet and my dark circles are much, much lighter - I don't bother with concealer any more. I can't say what did the trick since I made lots of dietary changes at once. Here's what I did:
Gave up all processed foods - make everything from scratch.
Gave up gluten.
Replaced soybean/corn/canola with olive oil/butter/coconut oil.
Try to get grassfed meat, raw dairy, organic fruit and veggies when possible.
Added fermented foods to diet.
I never thought my dark circles would improve. Thought it was genetic. Many other health issues improved as well. It's a sign of good health.
[YEA] 08/28/2012: "omg.. I am shocked. Literally I took fennel and after a long night of cleanse, and sleeping. I noticed NO DARK CIRCLEs.... They were there for months. thats nuff said, my eyes looks brighter and my skin was soft, glowing."Replies
08/29/2012: Sum1smommy from Gainesville, Fl replies: "Hi and thanks in advance for your replies and helpful advice. I have never had a problem with dark circles or excessive puffy/baggy eyes. I just recovered from my first (and hopefully last) bout with shingles. I took the antivirals and the pain meds. I am rested, but for the last week, my eyes say otherwise. I have increased my water and decreased my salt. A lot of the puffiness is gone, but now my eyes look hollow almost--dark circles. It has changed my whole appearance. I'm turning 40 in two months and this is NOT helping matters! Can someone give me some ideas? How does the fennel work? Thank you."
09/06/2011: Andie from Redondo Beach, Ca, Usa: "Anybody have a nutritional or topical remedy for those sunken hollowed under eyes that come around the age of 40?!
[YEA] 09/06/2011: Ti from Houston, Usa replies: "A week of veggie juicing to include items like dandelion greens, radishes, cucs, celery and parsley (as well as lemon juice) help clean out the liver which eliminate the dark circles.
Juice first thing in the AM and drink immediately on empty stomach."
[YEA] 09/21/2011: Sharon from Wesley Chapel, Fl replies: "At the age of 60, l have "young eyes and face" by drinking green drink every day. You can purchase any good greens powder and mix it or you can do what l do inexpensively. Take 1 cup real pineapple or orange juice in the blender. Add a handful of parsley. Puree and drink. It tastes like the juice. Amazing what it does in 30 min. Takes 5 years off your face. Feel free to add any edible greens to the mix when you have it. Radish tops, carrot tops, lambs quarters, sprouts, and if you need it, any healthy oils, 1 tblspoon. Do not use strong flavored greens like mustard or kale or turnip."
[YEA] 03/11/2007: Melissa from Chicago, Il: "I have been taking Black Strap Molasses now for three weeks. 2 tbsp a day In that short time frame, I have noticed an increase in energy, my monthly cycle wasn't the horrid painful nightmare it usually is, it was pain free, clot free, and psychosis free for the first time in my life. And the nasty dark circles under my eyes have all but vanished! And they were bad, I looked like I had two black eyes. I tried everything you can think of to get rid of those dark circles and NOTHING worked before now. I look five years younger! I'm amazed at the results I've seen so far and I've been telling everyone I know about this site."Replies
02/06/2009: Ish from London, United Kingdom replies: "Hi, I have bad circles around my eyes, and believe it or not I am a man. so I would like to know how you managed to diminish your dark circles.. p.s did the black strap molasses cure your dark circles???"
07/09/2010: Ann from Chicago, Il, Usa replies: "In response to Melissa, in some cases dark circles can be caused by an iron deficiency. That would explain why the iron-rich BSM worked for you and nothing else did. I have been trying lots of other cures for my dark circles, Oil Pulling, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Virgin Coconut Oil among them. I also have RLS and cold hands and feet, so I started taking the BSM today and I hope it will work for me, too!"
10/20/2010: Kathy from Eagle Pass, Tx replies: "I have been struggling with black circles up to date and it affects me alot on my daily life I would want to try molasses but how?"
07/30/2011: Tj from Sturgis, Mi replies: "My gluten intolerance was causing dark spots under my eyes. Just an idea to check."