Young woman touching her low eyelids on white background

Countless individuals have dark circles under eyes. Most have inherited the colour and characteristics of their lower eyelid in their parents. Dark circles under eyes frequently appear during childhood, many people telling me that they noticed their dark circles when they were 9 or 10 years old.


There are various causes of dark circles under eyes, but in this column I am going to concentrate on broken blood vessels, small vascular (blood vessel) structures in the lower eyelid skin. Broken blood vessels are the simplest cause of dark circles under eyes to deal with and fix.

Broken Blood Vessels

Actually what the majority of people today call broken blood vessels aren’t actually broken blood vessels. What most folks see are visible blood vessels (vascular structures) on the skin in areas they don’t expect to see blood vessels. These little vessels are arterioles, venules, and capillaries. Arterioles carry fresh blood into the skin and venules take old blood away from the skinback to the lungs and heart to be refreshed with oxygen. Capillaries connect the arterioles and venules.

Normally blood vessels are deeper in the skin rather than observable. Visible or broken blood vessels become evident in the following scenarios:

Thin Skin Care

The eyelid skin is the thinnest skin from the body. The eyelid skin is simply 1/6 the depth of skin on the rest of the face. The skin is so thin you could see through it. You can really see the little arterioles and venules in the skin of the eyelid. These exact structures exist in all skin but aren’t observable in thicker skin elsewhere in the body. The lower eyelid muscle is purple, and this colour is visible through the stomach skin. That’s the reason all lower eyelids have a darker colour. This shade is what most people today refer to as dark circles under eyes.

Telangiectasias or Spider Veins

The arterioles, venules and capillaries in dark circles under the eyes can be dilated or enlarged a condition called telangiectasia or frequently known as spider veins. Telangiectasias are most often brought on by heredity. However, pregnancy, aging, use of topical steroid cream, excessive exertion like weight lifting, and Rosacea can also lead to telangiectasia.

Aging and Inflammation

Ultraviolet radiation and other skin aging variables create inflammation or irritation of the skin, particularly the thin skin around the eyes. When eyelid skin is inflamed, fresh arterioles, venules and capillaries vessels grow into the skin to repair the harm. These new structures remain in the skin and are visible. The existence of the vascular structures darkens the colour of the lower eyelid skin and may appear as dark circles under eyes.


Inherited eyelid skin color can’t be prevented. However, there are things we can do to stop new telangiectasia and vascular structures from forming and forming the skin colour darker. Since Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight causes inflammation and new vascular growth, sun protection is the most significant.

Sun block

Always be certain you apply sun block to the eyelids when you apply sun block to your face.

Eye protection

Always wear protective sunglasses that protect the crow’s feet areas in addition to the eyes.