Do Glasses Cause Dark Circles? These Causes of Dark Eye Circles Might Surprise You!


No, wearing glasses doesn’t cause dark circles. So, all you glasses-wearers out there, there’s no need to freak out! You don’t have to toss your glasses and start wearing contact lenses. But, dark eye circles can be one of the most annoying things to deal with ever. You’re already struggling with how to look younger, but those panda eyes either give away your age or make you a lot older than what you really are. They are the cause for one of the too many conversations that went like: “Hey, are you okay?” “Yeah, I’m fine.” “Are you sure?” “Yes… why wouldn’t I be fine?” “Oh, it’s just that your um, dark eye circles are pretty bad today. Did you sleep enough? “Yes… I did… I just always get these dark circles. I don’t know why.”

Sound familiar? Some people just constantly have dark eye circles no matter what. Even if they get a solid eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, drink plenty of water, and religiously use eye cream, those pesky dark shadows under the eyes just don’t go away. Why on earth is that so? It might be wildly frustrating for those who experience this and have absolutely no idea how to make these dark circles lighter. Making them go away would be a dream for sure, but realistically speaking, if you can’t even lighten them how can you eradicate them completely? Well, we have news for you: dark circles aren’t just caused by a lack of sleep or overwhelming stress. Dark circles can be caused by a whole lot of other factors!

This article will tell you some causes of dark eye circles that might surprise you, and give some tips along the way on how to tackle these causes.

Your dark circles are genetic

This is one of the most common and perhaps most frustrating causes of dark eye circles. As we start to age, the skin loses the elasticity that keeps our skin bouncy and firm due to a decrease in the levels of collagen production. When your skin loses collagen, it loses both fats and structure which results in more translucent skin through which sub-dermal features can show through more easily. Your blood vessels also start to dilute which causes a decrease in blood circulation and grey skin tone. This also means that existing dark shadows will become even more visible as the skin loses its plumpness.

However, if you are someone who is still fairly young, say in their twenties, and have a pretty decent sleeping schedule, it is possible that you have periorbital hyperpigmentation, which is basically genetic dark eye circles. It is a genetic condition in which the area under and around your eyes produces more melanin than the rest of the skin. You can usually tell if your dark circles are hereditary if the tone of the darkness is brown rather than bluish.

Your makeup removal is causing panda eyes

Many people might be guilty of this. If you are someone who uses waterproof mascara or eyeliner, you are probably familiar with rubbing at your eyes aggressively to get the product that sticks all too well on your eyelids or lashes. However, this aggressive rubbing is actually super bad for your delicate eye area, and you are causing inflammation and damage to your capillaries through this motion. Capillary damage and inflammation are both causes of dark eye circles, especially if the capillary breaks and blood leaks out which will leave a bruise. Try using a heavy-duty oil-based makeup remover for your waterproof mascara and eyeliner. You won’t have to rub as hard as the oil will get it off quite easily.

Your drinking habits are to blame for the dark circles

Alcohol is a big enemy of the skin and it is no different when it comes to the skin underneath and around your eyes. One of the ways that alcohol can cause dark eye circles is it’s sabotaging efforts on your sleep. You might think that a drink before bed will help you fall asleep better, however, alcohol has the effect of not helping you stay asleep. This results in your rest getting interrupted. Additionally, alcohol makes the liver work extra hard to detoxify the toxins put into the body, hence the blood flow will be directed towards the liver to aid in its functions. Furthermore, alcohol replaces oxygen in the blood, causing the blood to be deoxygenated and hence increasing the amount of deoxygenated blood in the body. Alcohol also causes the vessels to dilate more, causing puffiness, swelling, and an increase in the appearance of blue under the eyes.

And while we’re at it, cigarettes also cause dark eye circles

Smoking and drinking often go hand in hand at social functions, but it also goes hand in hand with dark circles. Smoking has that same dehydrating effect on the skin as alcohol, and more. Smoking can actually cause the collagen in your skin to break down. We already www how the area around the eyes lacks collagen and hence that firmness and structure to fill out the skin. Smoking will hence further thin out your already fragile skin, causing your dark eye circles to be even more pronounced.

You are mega-stressed out

Apart from preventing you from getting good quality sleep at night, stress has the additional effect of causing the blood to be directed towards the main organs instead of the face. This will lead to your face looking more sallow due to the lack of blood flow and circulation. Stress can also cause the very thin and delicate capillaries around your eyes to break and release blood. This blood will spread underneath the skin in pools and oxidize, causing a dark purplish bruise-looking shadow. That said, doing yoga face exercises can help with the circulation as well as de-stress you to some extent.

How to Combat Dark Eye Circles?

You might not be able to get rid of dark eye circles, but you can certainly take steps to reduce the look of them and prevent them from getting darker. Being careful with your alcohol and sodium intake will be one key diet change to make, as well as trying to incorporate more leafy greens and fruits that contain excellent vitamins such as C, E, and K for strengthening the capillaries and improving collagen production. Makeup-wise, avoid rubbing your eyes when removing makeup, and be super gentle with your eye area. Finally, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water is necessary to flush out the toxins in our body and give our skin the much-needed hydration boost.


Beating dark circles ain’t easy, but it isn’t too hard to keep them at bay. Just remember this simple tip: if it’s bad for your skin like chronic eye rubbing, it’s bad for your dark circles. If it’s good for your skin, your dark circles will get lighter.

So to answer the question, you can still continue to wear glasses! They don’t cause the appearance of dark circles. However, there are many factors like genetics, diet, and lifestyle habits that do cause thinner skin, dilated blood vessels and hence dark eye circles.

Some at-home treatments you can try include applying a cool compress or eye mask to reduce eye irritation and puffiness. The cooling sensation from the cool eye mask or compress will help to stimulate blood flow to the skin and reduce any puffiness.

If you think your dark circles aren’t getting better, no matter what you do, try consulting a dermatologist who can provide professional medical advice! A dermatologist may prescribe you eye drops or suggest treatments that can help lighten and smoothen your skin’s surface, hence getting rid of eye bags.

Stay tuned for more skincare articles where we discuss topics like, “what is a whitehead,” “how to take care of sensitive skin,” and more!

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