Problem with dark circles under eyes might only be cosmetic; however, the existence of dark circles may signify the occurrence of many underlying health problems that can be more serious. People thus want to get rid of dark circles under their eyes not necessarily because the circles adversely affect their appearance.
They treat those circles seriously because they want to find out what is wrong with their body and what they can do to deal with it. Cosmetic treatment as well as addressing the root causes of dark circles under eyes is considered the most effective way to get rid of dark circles under eyes.
Cosmetic treatments of dark circles under eyes are meant either to conceal them or to remove them permanently. Some cosmetic products are able to obscure the appearance of the dark circles; however, many people with those circles prefer to remove them completely by dealing with their root causes, using topical remedies, and undergoing certain medical treatments.
This article will focus specifically on the use of almond oil for dark circles under eyes treatment.
What Are Dark Circles under Eyes?
Dark circles under eyes, also called periorbital dark circles, may occur when either dark discoloration, which is marked by increasing amount of dark pigment, occurs under the eyes or when the skin around the eyes becomes so thin that the blood vessels under the eyes become visible, causing the skin to appear dark.
Puffy or swollen eyelids may also cast shadow that makes the area under the eyes appear darker. Normally, dark circles may appear on both eyes; however, it is also possible that the circle appears only on one eye. When this situation occurs, consulting a doctor is mostly necessary.
People hate dark circles under their eyes because the circles make them look sad, tired and old. In their social and career sphere, dark circles are not only embarrassing, but also often causing trouble that may lead to depression, alienation (or feeling of being alienated) and poorer job performance.
What Causes Dark Circles under Eyes?
Dark circles under eyes have various causes. The Minnesota-based medical research website Mayo Clinic lists several possible causes of the dark circles, including allergies, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, fatigue, heredity, pigmentation problem (periorbital hyperpigmentation), skin aggravation caused by rubbing or scratching, sun exposure, and skin thinning.
A later research published at the National Institutes of Health by Matsui et al. concludes that not all types of allergy cause the emergence of dark circles under eyes. Asthma is found to be the only allergy-related factor contributing to the emergence of the circles.
The research also concludes that heredity is the most significant risk factor for dark circles under eyes and that sleep deprivation and tiredness—often cited as the causes of dark circles under eyes—neither have correlation with the emergence of the circles nor worsen the condition.
Fatigue and sleep deprivation, nevertheless, have correlation with puffy and swollen eyelids, which cause the area under the eyes appear darker.
Dark Circles as a Symptom of Other Health Problems
If the dark circles are caused by eye puffiness and swelling, they may be a symptom of many health problems, some of which are considered serious. In addition to being associated to fatigue and sleep deprivation, eye puffiness is also associated to acute sinusitis, cellulitis, hay fever, liver problem, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, diabetes type 2, conjunctivitis, depression, heart rhythm disorder, and histoplasmosis.
There are many other health problems that are associated to eyelid puffiness. If the eyes become swollen and puffy, a consultation with a doctor might be necessary to diagnose the underlying health problems that cause the swelling and puffiness and to address those problems, thereby reducing the swelling and removing the dark shadow it casts to the area under the eyes.
Dark Circles under Eyes Treatments
Dark circles under eyes can be removed by addressing their causes properly, undergoing specific medical treatments, and applying specific topical remedies.
Adopting healthy lifestyle is known to be an effective way to deal with some root causes of dark circles under eyes. Because fatigue and sleep deprivation cause eyelids to become puffy and swollen, improving sleep habit and avoiding excessive tiredness can be an effective way to prevent puffy eyelids and to gradually reduce the puffiness of the eyelids if it already occurs.
It is worth-mentioning that sleep deprivation is not the only sleep-related problem that can cause dark circles under eyes. Improper sleep positions, such as sleeping on side or stomach, are also known to cause the emergence of dark circles because those sleep positions allow the gravity to force fluid to collect under the eyes.
Changing sleep position by sleeping on back or adding an extra pillow can help prevent dark circles from appearing. Other lifestyle-changing behaviors that people with dark circles can accustom themselves to include stopping smoking and consuming alcohol and caffeine, keeping their body well hydrated and avoiding dehydration, avoiding excessive sun exposure, and supplying their body with healthy nutrients.
Preventing asthma and treating it immediately when it suddenly occurs will also prevent dark circles from forming under the eyes. Carrying nasal sprays and antihistamine is a good way to prevent asthma from causing problem.
Medical Treatments for Dark Circles
There are several medical treatments that are known to be effective for treating dark circles under eye. Intense pulsed light therapy is effective for treating dark circles that are caused by hyperpigmentation.
The light will prevent the overproduction of dark pigment and make the skin appear lighter. The light is absorbed only by highly pigmented skin. Therefore, it least likely causes problem to the neighboring healthy skin.
If the circles appear due to skin thinning, any treatments that involve filler injection, such as hyaluronic acid injection and fat injection, can effectively thicken the skin and obscure the circles.
- Hyaluronic acid injection usually solves the problem temporarily because the acid is easily absorbed by the body.
- Fat injection is considered a more permanent solution, although its success is not guaranteed because there is no guarantee that the fat will survive during the transfer process.
- Resurfacing treatments, which stimulates the production of collagen, is also considered effective for treating dark circles that appear on thinning skin.
If the circles are caused by puffy eyelids, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is considered the most reliable way to solve the problem. Another surgical procedure that is useful for treating dark circles is cheek lift or mid-facelift.
If aging causes the cheek to sag, making the circles more apparent, mid-facelift can correct the sagging cheek, restore its elasticity, and obscure the dark circles.
Topical Remedies for Dark Circles
There are over-the-counter drugs and home remedies that can effectively remove dark circles under eyes. If the circles are caused by the buildup of dark pigment melanin under the eyes, skin bleaching products, especially hydroquinone, can be used to get the circles to fade.
Hydroquinone is known to inhibit the production of melanin, thereby preventing the skin from becoming darker. Skin care products with 2% hydroquinone are usually available as over-the-counter products that can be purchased without prescription.
Stronger hydroquinone products, which contain 4% hydroquinone, are mostly available only with prescription. Although considered the most effective bleaching agent for treating skin discoloration, hydroquinone is known to be risky.
Melanin is a pigment that protects the body. When hydroquinone kills it, the killing process may evoke the emergence of health problems, including hypersensitivity to sunray, ochronosis (the skin looks dark and dirty as if it is covered by soot), and early skin aging.
For people who prefer to avoid hydroquinone as well as other risky skin care products, the following are several home remedies that they can use to remove dark circles under their eyes.
Both aloe vera gel and latex are rich in antioxidant and vitamin E, which rejuvenate the skin and remove any anomalies on it, including wrinkles and puffiness.
Using cold water as a cold compress for the swollen eyes can be effective for reducing the swelling.
Just like cold water, slices of cucumber can also be used as astringent to close pores and to cool down the puffy eyelids.
Strawberries are rich in alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). It exfoliates the skin and stimulates the production of collagen.
Slices of potatoes, when put on eyelids, will prevent inflammation and prevent dark circles from forming.
Using almond oil to treat dark circles under eyes is considered a smart idea as this oil can remove the dark circles regardless of their causes.
We will look into the healing characteristics of this oil below.
What Is Almond Oil?
What is referred to as almond oil for skin treatment is the carrier oil derived from sweet almond tree (Prunus dulcis var. amygdalus) and not the essential oil derived from bitter almond tree (Prunus dulcis var. amara).
Both trees are completely distinct trees and the characteristics of their respective oil are also different. It is important to understand what kind of almond oil is being used for skin treatment especially because bitter almond oil has a certain degree of toxicity due to its hydrogen cyanide content.
Many people prefer to use sweet almond oil not only because it is a potent ointment, but also because it smells and tastes good. Sweet almond oil is possibly the tastiest oil that people can consume orally. Sweet almond oil doesn’t have toxic properties as it doesn’t contain any toxic substances.
What Makes Almond Oil a Potent Topical Remedy
Almond oil is considered a potent topical remedy because it has the following beneficial properties.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition by the University of Toronto suggests that almond oil has anti-inflammatory characteristic that is comparable to that of first-generation statin drug. Almond as well as its oil is known to reduce C-reactive protein level, thereby preventing inflammation.
Antioxidant and immune-boosting
The body’s immune system relies heavily on healthy nutrients. When the diet is bad or the body is depressed by pollution and stress, it will start releasing free radicals, which are toxic and detrimental to its immune system.
As an effective antioxidant, almond oil is capable to get rid of those free radicals and to improve the body’s immune system. Of all types of nut-based oil, almond oil contains the highest concentration of vitamin E, which is considered a beneficial nutrient and a potent antioxidant.
One tablespoon of almond oil contains about 5.3 milligram of vitamin E. This makes the oil one of the best sources of vitamin E that can be either taken orally or used topically. Almond oil, when taken orally, is especially powerful in eliminating toxins that collect in the liver.
Because dark circles under eyes might be a symptom of liver problem, consuming the oil when using it to treat dark circles under eyes might be necessary. When applied topically, it helps remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin, hence its efficacy in removing dark circles.
Emollient and moisturizing
According to the coauthor of “Beauty Magic” Julia Knapp, Almond oil is a potent emollient that effectively hydrates the skin and soothes it. It is easily absorbed into the skin and making it look and feel smoother.
It also effectively moisturizes the skin and prevent flakes and scales to form on the surface of the skin. Being an effective emollient and moisturizing oil, it is usually used as massage oil and in any treatments that are meant to reduce the dryness of the skin.
Almond oil can be used to obscure spider veins and other vascular issues. Unlike the use of generic sclerosants, the use of almond oil as a sclerosant doesn’t require injection. Topical application of almond oil to the affected area of the skin is enough to unknot the swollen veins and to make the veins less apparent.
Pain relieving and muscle relaxing
Almond oil is great for massaging because it relieves pain and relaxes muscle. It is easily absorbed by the skin and when this occurs, it helps improve blood circulation and helps the body eliminate lactic acid as well as any toxic byproducts of metabolism. Lactic acid buildup is the cause of muscle fatigue. By improving circulation and eliminating lactic acid, almond oil can effectively relieve pain and relax muscle.
Almond oil is frequently used to get rid of acne scars as well as scars left by wound. As a natural cicatrizant, when applied to the scarred area of the skin, it will help exfoliate the skin and encourage the regeneration of new healthy skin cells.
With all of those beneficial properties, it is thus logical if almond oil’s miraculous health benefits are considered far-reaching. Almond oil can be used to treat various health problems that occur both on the surface of the skin and in the body’s internal organs.
Common Uses of Almond Oil
Looking into how almond oil is used as a natural remedy is necessary in order to understand how far-reaching the potency of this oil is. The following are some common uses of almond oil as a potent remedy for various health problems.
Almond Oil as an Oral Remedy
Almond oil can be taken orally because unlike its bitter counterpart, it doesn’t contain any toxic substances, though it may cause allergenic effect to some people. Almond oil also tastes and smells good, making it a flavorsome oil to consume. When taken orally, either alone or mixed with food, there are many health benefits that it offers.
Almond oil strengthens cardiovascular system
Almond oil is rich in potassium but low in sodium, making it a perfect antioxidant that flush away bad cholesterol that constricts the blood vessels and causes high blood pressure. Taking almond oil regularly helps regulate blood circulation and prevent various ailments associated to hypertension. Almond oil’s rich unsaturated fat, protein and folic acid contents mean that it is also good for the heart.
Almond oil strengthens the brain and nervous system
Almond oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. Both substances are important for the overall health of the nervous system as well as the brain. Taking almond oil regularly is believed to improve memory and to prevent various diseases associated to the weakened brain and nervous system.
Almond oil strengthens immune system
Almond oil is rich in beneficial vitamins, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, D, E, and K as well as some health-promoting minerals. Almond oil is particularly rich in vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant. With its nutritious content, almond oil is guaranteed to strengthen immune system if taken regularly.
Almond Oil as a Hair Tonic
People with bad hair problems will love to use almond oil. As a potent hair tonic, almond oil can solve most of those problems. When used as hair tonic, almond oil is known to offer the following beneficial properties.
Almond oil makes long hair strong, smooth and healthy
Almond oil is rich in magnesium, a mineral necessary for preserving the strength of hair strand. With its magnesium content, almond oil can improve the overall strength of the hair and make it less prone to falling. Almond oil’s texture is light and it is a potent moisturizing oil. If used for treating hair, it can improve its shine and condition it to make it look healthier.
Almond oil removes split-ends
Split-ends occur when the hair is too dry, brittle and unhealthy. By treating split-ended hair strands using almond oil, the split-ends will fall by themselves and what remains is the healthy and perfectly moisturized hair.
Almond oil eradicates dandruff
Dandruff is scales of dead skin on scalp that will adversely affect the overall health of both the scalp and the hair. Because almond oil has both exfoliating and anti-oxidizing properties, it can effectively remove dead skin cells and improve the environment of the scalp.
Almond oil can also be used to prevent dandruff due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Because dandruff appears on the scalp after it is inflamed, the anti-inflammatory properties of almond oil make it a useful ointment to treat the inflammation and to prevent dandruff from ever appearing.
Almond oil makes eyelashes appear flirty
Almond oil can be used to make eyelashes appear fresh and flirty. Using almond oil as eyelash cosmetic is as easy as using mascara for the same purpose. By using mascara wand to apply the oil to the eyelashes, the eyelashes will consistently appear fresh and flirty.
Almond Oil as Topical Remedy
Due to its pleasant smell and light texture, almond oil has long become a popular topical remedy. Almond oil is particularly useful as a massage oil, but it is also known to be efficacious for treating various skin disorders, especially dark circles under eyes. The following are some uses of almond oil as a topical remedy.
Almond oil strengthens circulatory and skeletal system
When used as massage oil, almond oil not only enhances blood circulation, but also enhances the bones. In fact, almond oil is the most recommended oil for massaging infants because bone development is crucial during infancy and the use of almond oil is considered the most reliable for ensuring such development.
Almond oil is a potent skin tonic
Almond oil is rich in vitamins and minerals that are great for skin health. Using almond oil as skin tonic and moisturizer regularly will significantly improve the overall health of the skin. Three vitamins that the oil has, namely vitamins A, B and E, are known to be health-promoting for the skin.
As a skin ointment, almond oil can be used to treat various skin problems, including irritation, inflammation, rashes, and sores. What is great about almond oil is that when applied to the skin, it doesn’t block pores and trigger the formation of acne. Almond oil is also known to be an effective cure for eczema and psoriasis.
Almond oil exfoliates the skin and delays aging process
Skin is ever-regenerating. Old skin cells die and fall and new skin cells are formed. The dead skin cells are not necessarily removed from the skin. They will collect and cause various health problems, such as acne and wrinkles, to the skin. Almond oil is known to be a good exfoliant. It removes dead skin cells and keep the skin fresh, healthy and wrinkle-free. The oil’s exfoliating properties also help improve the skin tone.
Almond oil removes dark circles
Using almond oil for dark circles under eye is a great idea because the oil can remove the circles regardless of their underlying cause. If the dark circles appear because of hyperpigmentation, almond oil can reduce the excessive pigment because it contains niacinamide—the biologically active form of vitamin B3 (niacin) that is capable to inhibit the transfer of melanosomes from the melanocyte to the keratinocytes, preventing overproduction of dark pigment from occurring under the eyes.
If the dark circles appear due to eyelid’s puffiness, almond oil can be used not only to moisturize the dry and puffy eyelids, but also to relieve them. If the dark circles are caused by skin thinning, almond oil can also be used to obscure them because it is rich in vitamin E and protein.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is capable to repair damages occurring on the collagen layer during the thinning process and the protein content of the oil will supply the skin with enough amino acids to form new collagen for rebuilding the skin. Due to this unique characteristic, using almond oil to treat dark circles under eyes is considered one of the most reliable natural ways to remove dark circles under eyes.
How to Use Almond Oil for Dark Circles Under Eyes
There are many ways to use almond oil to treat dark circles under eyes. Almond oil can be used alone or mixed with other natural remedies. It can also be applied topically to the affected skin or taken orally to help solve liver problem that becomes one of the underlying causes of dark circles under the eyes.
The following are some examples of how to use almond oil to get rid of dark circles under eyes permanently.
Using Almond Oil to Lighten Highly Pigmented Skin
If the dark circles appear due to hyperpigmentation (periorbital hyperpigmentation), here are the steps that you have to take to use almond oil to obscure the dark circles.
- Warm the oil using radiation method, e.g. you put the oil in a metal pan and then put the pan on hot water.
- Use the oil to massage the area of the skin under the eyes where dark circles are most apparent. Do this for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Sweep the massage area with dry tissue, paper towel or cotton ball to remove excess oil.
- Schedule this treatment into two phases. The first phase lasts for 15 days and requires you to do the treatment every day before going to sleep. The second phase requires you to reduce the frequency to once per week until you get the expected result.
Using Almond Oil to Reduce Eyelid’s Puffiness
If the dark circles are caused by puffy eyelids, almond oil alone is enough to relieve the puffy eyelids and you can use the treatment procedure explained above to deal with the problem; however, if you want to improve the potency of your home remedy, you can mix the oil with rose oil, which also has nourishing and moisturizing properties. Rose oil is also capable to soften the puffy eyelids and to relieve them. To use the mixture, follow the following steps.
- Mix almond oil and rose oil in a bowl. The concentration of both oils is expected to be the same, but it doesn’t matter if one of the two oils is more saturated than the other.
- Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and then wring it to prevent it from being too wet.
- Dab the ball on the swollen eyelids while making sure that the oil doesn’t come in direct contact with the eyes.
- Keep the eyelids oiled for about 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, use a dry cotton ball or paper towel to remove the oil and to clean the eyelids.
- Do this treatment every day before you go to bed until you observe that the swelling has shrunk.
Using Almond Oil to Thicken Thinning Skin
Almond oil’s vitamin E and protein contents are known to be effective in repairing damaged collagen structure and forming new collagen to rebuild healthy skin layers and to thicken the thinning skin. If the dark circles appear because of skin thinning, you can take the following steps to use almond oil to treat dark circles under eyes.
Mix almond oil with coconut oil and shea butter. Coconut oil is a good source of gamma-tocopherol (Vitamin E) while shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties and is often used to treat dry and thinning skin.
Use the mixture to massage the dark circles area under the eyes every day before you go to sleep.
Leave it for overnight.
When you wake up in the morning, wash the treated area of the skin using cold water.
Keep doing this treatment until you observe the disappearance of your dark circles.
There are many other methods to use almond oil to get rid of dark circles under eyes. In addition to the aforementioned additives, other natural ingredients, including honey, milk, lemon juice, turmeric powder, and chamomile essential oil, can also be mixed with almond oil.
The only concern when using almond oil is its allergenic effect, which fortunately only affects few people who are sensitive to the oil. If you are in doubt if the oil will harm you, you can always consult a doctor or dermatologist before using almond oil for dark circles under eyes.