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    What causes periorbital dark circles?

Posted on Sat, 4 Jun 2016 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I have darkness (like a racoon) under both eyes. Is it melesma?
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Not melasma

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I am dr.kakkar(dermatologist). I have gone through your query and i have also reviewed the attachment.

This is not melasma. Melasma is commonly seen on malar area/prominences of cheeks rather than in periorbital area and is due to excess melanin deposition in epidermis with or without dermis.

Periorbital darkness is not due to excess pigment. Rather it is commonly due to a combination of factors like thin delicate skin in this region, congestion, stagnation/slow circulation leading to accumulation of deoxygenated hemoglobin, loss of periorbital supporting tissue leading to hollowness of orbits and sometimes also due to acanthosis nigricans.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can it be from stress?
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 14 hours later
Brief Answer:
Stress is a factor

Detailed Answer:

Definitely, stress and lack of sleep can make dark circles more obvious/ prominent.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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