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This Sneaky Habit Is Causing Your Dark Circles, Says Dra. Vicki Belo

Your late-night K-drama addiction is not the only one to blame.
This Sneaky Habit Is Causing Your Dark Circles, Says Dra. Vicki Belo
ILLUSTRATOR Gab Gutierrez
Your late-night K-drama addiction is not the only one to blame.

However expensive your concealer is, the truth is no amount of makeup can camouflage a bad case of panda eyes. Those dark circles can make one look incessantly tired, sick, or even depressed (and trust us, even your head-to-toe designer OOTD can’t save you if you look like you’ve spent the entire night worrying about how to pay your credit card bills). But hey, before you go around blaming your favorite K-drama for those late nights, you should know that the deep-rooted cause of those dark under eyes is NOT just lack of sleep.

While spending all-nighters can be held partially responsible, Dra. Vicki Belo points out that the main culprit is actually something that most of us are guilty of. "One reason why you get dark circles is friction, [which happens] when you rub your eyes all the time," she explains. “The friction creates inflammation and the inflammation triggers the melanocytes responsible for melanin production.”

The dermatologist to the stars also notes that it can be genetically inherited. But unless your parents have naturally dark circles as well, it’s very likely that your case is due to “trauma” or broken blood vessels. “Usually, it’s also genetic, or it can be from trauma,” Dra. Vicki clarifies. “For example, when you are sleepy and you rub your eyes, you’re breaking blood vessels. [This causes] the iron inside the blood vessels to come out, and iron is hemosiderin and its color is on the darker shade.” And because the skin surrounding our eye area is extra thinner compared to other parts of the face, you can almost see through it. In effect, pigments tend to look more noticeable—hence those pesky dark circles!

We know it’s a lot of medical mumbo jumbo to take in, but basically, here’s the most important thing you need to remember: Avoid rubbing your eyes at all costs!

Of course, proper skin care is of utmost importance as well. Never skimp on eye cream during your nighttime beauty routine—do it regularly and do it right! Dra. Belo highly suggests wearing sunglasses whenever you’re outdoors, too.

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If you want a faster and more effective way to get rid of those dark circles, Belo Medical Group also offers a revolutionary technology that promises to safely and effectively brighten your under eye area—the Star Walker Lightening Laser targets the dark circles in the periorbital region to help you bid your panda eyes adieu! For more information, call 819-BELO(2356) or email info@belomed.com.

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