Natural Remedies for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

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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.

Natural Skin Care Remedies for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

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 the eyes.

Treatment stories on our page have happier endings, suggesting lasting treatments 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, please share your story here for others to learn from!

Almond Oil

2 User Reviews
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Posted by St (Japan) on 01/21/2014
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Susan

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!


How many pellets you take and how many times a day? Which brands do you think are better quality?

Thank you!

Almond Oil
Posted by Claudia (Santa Fe, Nm) on 02/14/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Deol
(Lllppj, Nnndkdld)

how long did you treat ur dark circles with almond oil? does it take weeks or months?

Replied by Patty
(Lagos, Nigeria)

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Alina (Norther England, Uk) on 12/31/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Deborah

I use a stainless steel straw when I drink my apple cider vinegar. It also helps so it doesn't affect the enamel on our teeth. All the best!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Whatchamacallit (Dupage, Il, Usa) on 06/27/2013
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Omnischoolmom (Durham, North Carolina, Usa) on 03/17/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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).

Replied by Helpyourself
1 out of 5 stars


Please do not put stuff in your eyes, especially apple cider vinegar! You could seriously damage the eyes and end up blind. ACV should be diluted and mixed with juice and should be used as a liquid drink.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rachel (To, Canada) on 10/06/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by El
(Washington, Dc)

Brilliant! This is what has kept me from taking ACV. (I've tried it with the straw, but that didn't do a thing to stop contact with my teeth.) thanks for sharing. Taking frozen ACV tabs reminds me of the following: "Let thy food be thy medicine."

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 03/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I drink it: 2 tteaspoons 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 in dark eye circles.

Replied by Ray
(Atlanta, GA)

I was wondering, if the purpose of cutting out wheat to avoid gluten? That means no whole wheat bread or pasta?

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
509 posts

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA)
5 out of 5 stars

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 tonic: 2 teaspoons taken once a day in a large glass of water. Works almost instantaneously

Replied by David
(Beaverton, OR)

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!

Replied by Betsey
(Detroit, Michigan)

I was wondering, do you drink the ACV or apply it directly to the dark circles?

Replied by Sandy
(Mission Viejo, Ca)

Deirdre, I will try the ACV drink. Can you tell me how long it took for you to notice significant results?

Blackstrap Molasses, Borax

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Posted by Pamela (Livonia) on 04/08/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Calcium and Magnesium Citrate

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Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Draisy
(Los Angeles)

So curious, what is a mutli mineral that is 1 to 1 ratio of calcium magnesium?

Have been living with dark circles since puberty (the thin skin kind).


Coconut Oil

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Posted by Linda (Nyc) on 01/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Angel (La, Ca) on 11/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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...

Replied by Timr
(Dover, Delaware)

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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Audrey (Gardner, Kansas) on 07/17/2007
5 out of 5 stars

coconut oil=so far helped my cracked feet and under eye dark circles...I have had dry feet 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

Replied by Mivtops
(New York)
1 out of 5 stars

I tried coconut oil on my dark eye circles for a couple of weeks to no avail.

Colon Cleanse

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Posted by Robin (Rocky Ridge, Ohio) on 01/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I couldn't agree more with Kristen's suggestion below. 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 supposed to be.

Beauty begins on the inside, you can't just slather the stuff on and expect results. Dark circles, skin conditions, hair loss, etc., are signs that our bodies need work on the inside.

Blessings and good luck!

Colon Cleanse
Posted by kristin (St. Louis, MO) on 12/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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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