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Why Are Dark Circles So Hard To Treat?

By ZO® Skin Health


Dark circles are a common issue that many people experience. At some point in your life, it’s likely you have heard someone or even you yourself have complained about them, asking: Why do I look so tired? Whether as a temporary and occasional skin condition from lifestyle changes, or as a more long-term concern, dark circles often enter most skin health conversations. However, despite the prevalence of them in many patients, dark circles are difficult to effectively treat.



There are a combination of genetic, external and lifestyle factors that contribute to these visible signs of aging. Many different things, from genetics, to allergies, behavioral choices and underlying health conditions, can cause dark circles to become more visible.


Due to the variety of pathways that exist that make these pesky circles worse, it is extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact reason and treat it one hundred percent effectively.

However, that does not mean that solutions do not exist. There are ways to restore vitality and youthfulness to the delicate eye area. By learning more about the eye area and what it needs, it is possible to visibly improve the appearance of dark circles.

There’s A Reason Not To Skimp On Eye Care

The type of skin that is around the eye is different than the rest of the face. The signs of aging around the eyes, such as dark circles, hollowness, and creasing, can appear more prominently due to some physiological differences in eye skin, such as being thinner and more sensitive than facial skin. Thus, the eye area requires specialized care to maintain the appearance of youthful, healthy skin. Including eye care in your at-home regimen is the first step to reviving the look of tired eyes.

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

A key component to any skin regimen is hydration. Dehydrated skin is more susceptible to dullness, irritation and the appearance of fine lines due to the compromised nature of the skin barrier. Hydration protects skin from displaying damage and can soften and plump the appearance of skin. Incorporating an eye product that offers hydration benefits not only minimizes the signs of aging but also can contribute to a decrease in dark circles and dryness. This is because hydration can reduce skin dullness and enliven the appearance of skin. Key ingredients shea butter + squalene in Eye Brightening Crème help replenish the skin’s natural barrier through added hydration.  

Up Your Eye Care With Proven Ingredients

We now know that eyes are more sensitive than the rest of the face, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid stronger products in your regimen. There are ways to incorporate well-known, proven ingredients + technologies into your eye care to maximize results. For example, retinol and growth factors are both efficacious additions to eye care regimens that can support the visible improvement of the signs of aging to the eye area. However, make sure that if you are adding them to your routine, use specially formulated eye products instead of products intended for the face and body. Eye products can maximize your results without risking irritation.

Looking to add retinol into your eye care? Intense Eye Crème is a targeted treatment that improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture. It contains optical diffusers that reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness as well to promote and overall appearance in the complexion.

Interested in clinically proven ZO® Growth Factor technology? Growth Factor Eye Serum is formulated for the sensitive eye area and is designed to help improve the appearance of expression lines, creasing + hollowness while plumping skin. The cooling applicator soothes skin revives the look of tired eyes, and can be brought on the go to give your eyes a needed boost throughout the day.

Examine Your Lifestyle

Behavioral factors, such as not getting enough sleep or drinking enough water, unfortunately can contribute to the worsening of dark circles and other signs of aging. Ask yourself: have I been staying up late a lot? Am I drinking coffee instead of water? Am I out in the sun too much without wearing or reapplying my sun protection? Implementing lifestyle changes can not only improve your eye skin health, but overall skin health restoration.

Talk To Your Provider

Exploring options with your skin health provider is one of the best ways to achieving your desired skin care results. They can answer your questions and offer in-office treatments to supplement your own at-home care to liven up the look of tired eyes. For example, Growth Factor Eye Serum can complement at-home care following treatments such as tear trough injections to soften crow’s feet.

By taking these steps into consideration, you are equipping yourself with the best tools to amp-up your eye care maintenance.

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