Last Modified on Apr 21, 2016
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!
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Posted by Claudia (Santa Fe, Nm) on 02/14/2010
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!
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Posted by Alina (Norther England, Uk) on 12/31/2015
I'm not a fan of a Apple Cider Vinegar per se as I do find it hurts my teeth. But drinking a tiny bit in warm water at night really does get rid of dark puffy eyes. It's amazing. I honestly think it does more than any of my lotions and potions. Impressed!
Posted by Whatchamacallit (Dupage, Il, Usa) on 06/27/2013
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.
Posted by Omnischoolmom (Durham, North Carolina, Usa) on 03/17/2012
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).
Posted by Rachel (To, Canada) on 10/06/2010
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.
Posted by Deirdre (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
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Posted by Pamela (Livonia) on 04/08/2016
For dark circles under the eyes, try organic unsulfured Black Strapped Molasses, nature's super food. 2 tsp a day. Also, organic Borax from the healthfood store, mix 1 tsp with a pitcher of alkalized spring water. You will notice a change very soon.
Posted by Peggy (Tiffin, Ohio) on 04/09/2011
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?
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Posted by Crachel (Huntington Beach, Ca, Usa) on 01/11/2011
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.
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Posted by kristin (St. Louis, MO) on 12/19/2007
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.
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Posted by Audrey (Gardner, Kansas) on 07/17/2007
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
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Posted by Bostonewbie (Somerville, Ma) on 02/21/2013
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!
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Posted by Wendy (Jerusalem, Israel) on 11/17/2011
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.
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