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How to Get Rid of Sunken Eyes & Circles

author image Nicki Howell
Nicki Howell started her professional writing career in 2002, specializing in areas such as health, fitness and personal finance. She has been published at health care websites, such as HealthTree, and is a ghostwriter for a variety of small health care organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University.
How to Get Rid of Sunken Eyes & Circles
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Sunken eyes and circles can make you appear exhausted and unhealthy. These round, uniform areas under the eyes, have darker pigment than the rest of the skin. This issue is caused by a variety of factors, including lifestyle, sun exposure and thinning skin. Topical treatments and lifestyle changes that can help reduce the appearance of sunken eyes and dark circles.

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Step 1

Topical Treatments
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Apply over-the-counter topical treatments that contain vitamins C, E, A and K, recommends Natural News. Vitamin-rich treatments appear to improve the appearance of dark eye circles that create a sunken appearance. Apply treatments as directed and report irritation to your physician.

Step 2

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Sleep. Pay attention to your sleep schedule. Sleep deprivation can quickly cause dark eye circles. Adults need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Create a sleep schedule, going to bed and waking at about the same time daily.

Step 3

Elevate your pillows.
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Elevate your pillows. At night, fluids can accumulate under the eye area, causing sunken eyes and circles. Use a few pillows when you sleep to minimize fluid pooling under the eyes.

Step 4

Wet a wash cloth with cold water and apply to the eyes.
Wet a wash cloth with cold water and apply to the eyes. Photo Credit: Christopher Pattberg/iStock/Getty Images

Apply cold compresses to the eyes. Wet a wash cloth with cold water and apply to the eyes. You can also wrap a cold pack with a thin towel and set on the eyes. When the skin is cold, blood vessels dilate. As a result, sunken eyes and circles may improve.

Step 5

Use sunscreen under the eyes.
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Use sunscreen under the eyes. The skin under the eyes is thin and prone to damage. Sun exposure increases under-eye pigment, resulting in a dark appearance. Some under-eye creams have sun protection in the products. You can also purchase a sunscreen designed for the face with a SPF 30 or higher.

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