Reader’s Question: I’ve had dark circles under my eyes for years, and I’ve never really gotten a good explanation why. Is there anything I can do to improve their appearance, or should I just learn to live with them?
Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: Contrary to what many of us have been told our entire lives, dark circles under your eyes are not just the result of poor sleep.
In lots of cases, they’re being caused by allergies – and once you eliminate the foods that are triggering the problem, you’ll notice a significant improvement.
You see, when some people are exposed to allergens, it causes inflammation in the small blood vessels (like the ones you have underneath your eyes). These swollen blood vessels are where the dark color is coming from.
So get rid of the allergen and you’ll get rid of the inflammation, too.
But… that’s a bit easier said than done, because you’ve got to figure out what the allergen is.
I usually have my patients start by eliminating two of the most common culprits of dark circles from their diets: dairy and refined sugars. Your doctor or nutritionist can work with you on the safest and most effective way to do that.
If that doesn’t clear your circles up, you may need a more comprehensive round of allergy testing. Ask your family doctor to refer you to an allergist, or seek the help of a holistic doctor who can do a complete work-up to see what’s going on.
I recommend contacting a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.
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Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing