In fact, the health of the skin under the eyes can be disrupted by various factors, such as stress, illness, decreased energy levels, allergies, and natural aging. In fact, when all these problems occur, the first area to be affected is the skin under the eyes. Fortunately, there are many methods you can use to treat common eye skin problems, such as dryness, as well as the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles, and eye bags. In general, the health of the skin under the eyes can be improved with the help of over-the-counter medicines, medicines prescribed by a doctor, and lifestyle changes. However, if the problem is severe enough, it is likely that an operative procedure will need to be performed in order for the results to be more effective.
Method 1 of 4: Reduce Dark Circles Around the Eyes
Step 1. See a doctor to identify the cause of dark circles around your eyes
The best way to get rid of dark circles around the eyes, or commonly known as panda eyes, really depends on the cause. That's why you need the help of a doctor or dermatologist to give a proper diagnosis. In general, some of the common causes of panda eyes are:
- Irritation from eyes that are constantly rubbed or scratched
- Damage from sun exposure
- Water retention or buildup
- Skin thinning due to aging problems
- Decreased hyperpigmentation under the eyes (common in non-white people)
Step 2. Do not rub your eyes to avoid irritation and discoloration
Constantly rubbing or scratching your eyes can cause irritation, as well as rupture the tiny blood vessels under your eyes. As a result, the skin in the area will look bruised or darkened. If you can't avoid rubbing your eyes, sooner or later a health problem called lichen simplex chronicus (LSC) will occur. In particular, these problems will make the skin look thickened and darkened. That's why you should completely avoid the urge to rub your eyes in order to maintain your health and appearance.
- If you can't stop rubbing your eyes, ask your doctor or dermatologist for help to stop the habit.
- Your doctor can help identify and treat problems that keep you scratching or rubbing your eyes, such as eczema or chronic dry eyes.
Step 3. Apply a cold compress to shrink the dilated blood vessels
In some cases, dark circles around the eyes appear due to dilation of blood vessels in that area. Because the skin around the eyes is very thin, the dilated blood vessels will be clearly visible and make the skin under the eyes look bruising. To fix this, try compressing the eyes with the back of a cooled spoon or frozen vegetable bag that has been wrapped in a towel for 10 minutes to minimize dilated blood vessels. If you wish, you can also compress the eyes with a cooled green tea bag.
Step 4. Take antihistamines or nasal steroids to get rid of dark circles caused by allergies
In fact, seasonal allergies or environmental allergies can make the area under the eyes darken and swell. If your panda eyes are triggered by allergies, try taking an over-the-counter allergy medication at the pharmacy or asking your doctor to prescribe a more potent medication to relieve the symptoms.
Step 5. Take a shower before going to bed at night
Taking a shower before bed at night is effective in clearing the nasal passages. As a result, the potential for allergies and swelling under the eyes will be reduced. When bathing, don't forget to clean all forms of dirt around the eyes that are at risk of irritating them.
Step 6. Sleep as much as possible to disguise the existence of panda eyes
If you don't get enough sleep, your skin will look pale or not fresh. As a result, the existence of dark circles around the eyes will be even more prominent! Therefore, make sure you always sleep for 7-9 hours every night to prevent these problems from occurring.
Step 7. Apply a retinoid cream to encourage collagen production and reduce pigmentation
In particular, retinoids are effective at removing dark circles around the eyes in several ways. One of them, retinoids are able to erode skin that has discoloration or hyperpigmentation, and encourages the growth of new skin cells. In addition, retinoids are also able to encourage collagen production and disguise the existence of blood vessels behind the skin. Therefore, try to consult the use of retinoids or retinoid acid cream to reduce the intensity of your panda eyes.
Since retinoids can be irritating, don't overuse them on the sensitive skin around the eyes! Chances are, your doctor will ask you to increase the dose gradually over a few weeks to get used to your skin
Step 8. Use a face lightening cream to reduce excess pigmentation
If your panda eyes are caused by hyperpigmentation, try applying a skin lightening agent like hydroquinone or kojic acid to treat it. If necessary, ask your dermatologist to prescribe a lighter cream that is more effective, and don't forget to follow the directions for use listed on the packaging or as given by your dermatologist when applying it.
Some skin lightening agents, such as Tri-Luma cream, also contain retinoids and steroids that can reduce inflammation while stimulating collagen production
Step 9. Do a chemical peel to treat discoloration of the skin under the eyes
Like retinoids, chemical peels work by removing hyperpigmented skin. Chances are, your doctor will recommend an exfoliating method using glycolic acid, retinoids, or skin lightening agents.
Since the skin under and around the eyes is very sensitive, never do a chemical peel without the help of a doctor, dermatologist, or a reputable beautician
Step 10. Treat the problem of discoloration under the eyes with the laser method
IPL (intense pulsed light) is a laser treatment method that is quite effective in treating skin discoloration under the eyes, including removing pigmentation and spider varicose veins due to excessive sun exposure. In addition, the IPL method can also tighten the skin while stimulating collagen production in the area.
- Laser treatment methods may make the skin swell and/or experience temporary irritation. In some cases, this method will also make the skin area under the eyes look darker for a while. Also, in very rare cases, an infection or scar may develop.
- Consult your eligibility for the IPL method with your doctor.
Step 11. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of fillers if you have sunken eyes
Some types of panda eyes are caused by a deep depression under the eye. As a result, these hollows can make the area around the eyes look shaded, and also make the fine veins behind the eye skin look more prominent. The depression, commonly known as depression under the eyes, can be caused by genetics, weight loss, or aging. To overcome this, try to consult the possibility of doing fillers with hyaluronic acid to your doctor or dermatologist.
If not applied properly, fillers containing hyaluronic acid can actually damage the area under the skin or make it look swollen. Therefore, don't forget to consult the benefits and risks of this method with your doctor first
Method 2 of 4: Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles Under Eyes
Step 1. Protect your eyes from sun exposure to prevent wrinkles from forming
Exposure to direct sunlight is one of the factors that causes the skin to age prematurely. Therefore, protect the skin around the eyes which is very sensitive by wearing sunglasses and a wide hat when you have to go outside. Also, don't forget to apply sunscreen cream to the skin under your eyes before leaving the house. In particular, look for a sunscreen specifically formulated for the skin under the eyes area.
Step 2. Moisturize the skin area under the eyes to reduce the number of wrinkles
In fact, masks that contain moisturizers are able to replenish skin cells, and restore elasticity and flexibility. As a result, moisturizing the skin under the eyes is effective in reducing the number of wrinkles that form there. In particular, choose a moisturizer that is specifically formulated for the eyes so that its use does not irritate the sensitive skin around your eyes.
Step 3. Don't smoke to keep your skin looking healthy
In fact, nicotine can block blood flow to the skin and form premature wrinkles. If you smoke, try to improve the condition of your skin and prevent new wrinkles from forming by reducing or stopping the habit completely. If necessary, ask your doctor for help to make the process easier.
Step 4. Eat foods rich in antioxidants and drink as much water as possible to keep your skin looking young
Although the link between diet and wrinkles is still not clearly understood, eating foods rich in antioxidants may help slow down the aging process and skin and prevent wrinkles. Therefore, try to eat more fruits and vegetables to maintain healthy skin under the eyes.
Step 5. Ask your dermatologist for recommendations for the right anti-wrinkle cream
Anti-wrinkle creams, such as creams containing retinoids or coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), may be effective at reducing under-eye wrinkles and preventing new wrinkles from forming. Therefore, see a doctor or dermatologist for recommendations for creams that are safe and effective when used under the eyes.
Apply the cream by patting instead of rubbing. Be careful, rubbing movements are prone to irritate the skin and form new wrinkles afterward
Method 3 of 4: Overcome Puffy Eyes and Bags
Step 1. Identify the cause of eye bags
Basically, the skin around the eyes can swell or sag for various reasons, and the right treatment method really depends on the problem. That's why you should consult a dermatologist to understand the problem and ask for specific treatment recommendations. Some of the things that commonly cause eye bags are:
- Loss of elasticity due to aging. With age, the elasticity of the skin under the eyes will decrease. In addition, the fat deposits around the eyes will move under the eyes.
- Fluid buildup (edema) due to hormonal changes, changes in temperature and humidity, a poor sleep routine, or consuming too much sodium.
- Allergies or dermatitis.
- heredity factor.
Step 2. Apply a cold compress to the eye to relieve inflammation
Cooling the area of skin around the eye can help reduce inflammation that occurs there. To make a cold compress, all you need to do is moisten a soft cloth with cold water, then apply it under your eyes for 5 minutes, pressing gently.
Step 3. Having a good sleep routine is also effective in preventing fluid buildup under the eyes
That's the reason your eye bags will definitely appear or get more intense when you don't get enough sleep. Therefore, sleep for 7-9 hours every night to get rid of eye bags, and lie down with pillows and/or thick mattresses so that your head is elevated to prevent fluid from building up under your eyes.
Step 4. Exercise every day to reduce the intensity of eye bags
Indeed, exercise can improve blood circulation throughout the body and prevent water retention. As a result, the problem of eye bags and / or puffy eyes can be resolved over time. To maximize the results, exercise for at least 30 minutes every day!
Step 5. Treat allergies that may be causing your eyes to swell
In fact, allergies can make the tissue under the eyes inflamed. As a result, the eyes will look swollen or baggy afterwards. To fix this, try taking over-the-counter allergy medications at pharmacies, or ask your doctor to prescribe a more potent medication. Also, reduce allergen exposure as much as possible!
Step 6. Perform operative procedures to treat severe eye bags problem
If all forms of natural treatment are not able to get rid of your eye bags, and if the condition makes you stressed or insecure, try discussing the possibility of surgery with your doctor. Usually, your doctor will recommend a blepharoplasty, an operative procedure aimed at lifting and tightening the skin area under the eyes.
- Some of the risks that accompany blepharoplasty are infection, dry eyes, visual disturbances, and dislocation of the tear ducts or eyelids.
- Non-invasive options include laser resurfacing (laser-assisted skin treatment) and chemical peels. Both are able to tighten the skin area under the eyes and disguise your eye bags.
Method 4 of 4: Repairing Dry or Scaly Skin
Step 1. Apply eye cream on dry or flaky areas to trap moisture
Cream-shaped moisturizer is effective in preventing and dealing with dryness, while trapping moisture behind the skin. If your skin tends to dry out easily, don't forget to apply eye cream every day, but look for a moisturizer that's skin-friendly, color-free, and fragrance-free, especially since the skin around the eyes is very thin and sensitive.
Step 2. Limit the use of hot water so that the skin does not dry out
Washing your face with hot water can dry out your skin even more. That's why if you have dry skin problems under your eyes, try washing your face with cold or warm water instead of hot, and don't shower or wash your face for more than 10 minutes.
Step 3. Use a gentle facial cleanser to prevent dry and/or irritated skin
The use of detergents or facial cleansing soaps that are not friendly to the skin are prone to drying and irritating the skin around your eyes. Ask a dermatologist to recommend a facial cleanser that doesn't risk making the skin under the eyes feel dry.
Step 4. Consult a doctor before treating a skin problem that is causing your eyelids to feel dry
If the skin on your eyelids and under your eyes looks dry, peeling, red, or itchy, there's a good chance that there's an underlying medical problem. To find out, check with your doctor and ask for appropriate treatment recommendations. In general, some of the possible causes are:
- Allergies, which are generally caused by the use of beauty products
- Eczema or atopic dermatitis
- Blepharitis (commonly caused by a buildup of bacteria around the eyelashes)