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Why Do I Get Dark Circles Under My Eyes?



Look alive, you! Today we’re diving into the science behind dark circles under your eyes, and all the things that might cause them – tiredness included.

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Sources:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2009.01213.x/full
http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/dark-circles-under-eyes/basics/causes/sym-20050624
http://jddonline.com/articles/dermatology/S1545961613P0154X/1
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3969674/
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/questions/question/2986/
http://cpj.sagepub.com/content/5/11/655.extract
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bags-under-eyes/in-depth/health-tip/art-20048799


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Author The Great Sloth Lord ( ago)
Welp, one of my friends is seriously screwed as he goes days without sleep quite often. In fact, I'm surprised he isn't dead as I'm no scientist but I'm pretty sure constantly not going to sleep is extremely bad for your health.

Author Randi. .D.C ( ago)
ok cool! so i don't have to worry about still having eye bags after i have got 10 hours of sleep during fall,i rub my eyes a lot and i have major allergies

Author subzero9024 ( ago)
I used to always have the best sleep but am cursed with this bullshit under my eyes

Author Apiture Science ( ago)
For some reason he said "allergies" and i busted out loling!

Author iUniqueOrn ( ago)
For some reason I find it kinda hot when guys have dark circles.. xD

Author BeatDroppingBeats ( ago)
I'm always stressed..

Author IlexonTrooper ( ago)
My mum has tried sending me to bed so many times because of black bags even though one night I slept more than 10 hours which is really annoying

Author Exploding Peach ( ago)
Geez, is Google using my phone's camera to generate video suggestions? Cause I have terrible eyebags right now, maybe some weird kind of hayfever... Creepy...

Author Wolf Girl ( ago)
I also have dark circles under my eyes, but:
Ummm.... the blue veins on your wrist are actually blue... Where the blood travels around you body, giving off the oxygen collected from the lungs, it runs through the capillaries (I think that is how you spell it) and into your veins. The blood is then deoxygenated (Sorry about spelling) and travels through your veins back to the heart, then to the lungs and back again.. (I could go into more detail but I don't want to bore you :D) Sorry if you said this, I'm 11 years old, and just wanted to seem smart XD
Good day everyone!!

Author KeoneArt ( ago)
It's kind of attractive on females.

Author Leigh Marcotte ( ago)
Around my eyes is the worst, dark circles under eyes runs in my family and you can see my veins in my eyelids, kids looked at me strangely in an after school program

Author Gracie Lee ( ago)
I've always had giant dark circles beneath my eyes to rival L from Death Note. Nothing I've ever done has ever made them go away.

Author Renwick ( ago)
how'd you cure this shit?

Author Simon Greenaway ( ago)
Dark Circles? Eyes? Looks like you got a black eye!

Author Sophie Robinson ( ago)
Today I Found Out did this one too

Author Alora Simkins ( ago)
i don't know why.
i think of the dark circles as kind of a milestone, a trophy of my life progress proudly displayed on my face.

there must be something wrong with me then

Author Goo Planet ( ago)
i finally know what those strange dark purple curves under my eyes are, good thing they are never there in the middle of the day and it feels like just skin and veins right under my eyes so wait will that just be bone? under my eyes soon? just BONE? BONE!!!?

Author collin ( ago)
How to make Hank say, "more pig doo-doo":

1) Press play on the video

2) Press 3

3) Wait 0.5 seconds

4) Press 4 two times in quick succession

You're welcome

Author HEBXBEH Gaming ( ago)
I've had people ask me "Why are you wearing make up?" Bruh-_-

Author Gabe Hey ( ago)
You can almost see my skull

Author iPsykø ( ago)
I want to know why I have dark bags under my eyes, told to look at my wrist.

Author HellhoundUltraDX ( ago)
Mine are so bad my friend asked if I got a double knuckle sandwich in my eyes. I told them no, I was up for forty two hours.

Author Mehak Bhatia ( ago)
OR swipe some concealer under your eyes and live in denial of your problems! :D

Author Zalaé Etienne ( ago)
What exactly is a shin splint?

Author Len Just Len ( ago)
I came to this video to find a way to get rid of my perpetual bags under my eyes. And then they talked about the genetics and found there's no hope for me.

Author beth98362 R ( ago)
Best thing for dark circles under your eyes is plain Chapstick put under your eyes just before you sleep.

Author Sarah Bourne ( ago)
I am always tired, have allergies, and have dark skin... No wonder my eyelids are ten shades darker than my skin

Author thefunway123 ( ago)
but why do I get dark circles under my anus

Author comedy gold xd ( ago)
It's because you are Gaara's son dumbasses

Author notblondeswede ( ago)
I was born with them and will never escape this look so I just use foundation, concealer, baking powder and pigmented powder.

Author Windhelm Guard ( ago)
a friend of mine is very wierd, he doesn't have dark circles under his eyes but on any photo of him, he does, it's only on the photo, you coudl be standing next to him while it is taken and see that he doesn't have dark circles and on the photo he still has them.

Author LeaffyStar19 ( ago)
I've had dark circles since I was in middle school and developed insomnia. No amount of sleep gets rid of them. Actually, nothing gets rid of them. They're permanent.

Author MondoCruz ( ago)
Eye do our eyes burn or sting when we get tired? Why do our eyes water when we yawn?

Author messyties ( ago)
Bcoz i waz smokin' dank budz

Author Vanessa Acosta Hernández ( ago)
my undereyes are sooo dark like actual brown colored and my veins look crazy green lol no one cares

Author Will Robbins ( ago)
I heard that eating kale helps with eye circles.

Author _ TheSingingVine _ ( ago)
ok so people with anxiety and depression will have dark areas under their eyes. that explains a lot

Author Christy S ( ago)
sometimes i intentionally dont cover up the bags under my eyes with makeup bc i want everyone to know that i am tired of the worlds shit and ready to kill a man

Author lotte mintos ( ago)
my bags dominate my facccceee

Author Emily Toribio ( ago)
So is it a myth that you can get dark circles around your eyes from rubbing them too much?

Author MafiaCircus ( ago)
I'm over here with the terrible luck of getting the circles via genetics
No matter how much I do to prevent them, they can't go away without makeup.

Author Paulina Ermilova ( ago)
I'm 12 and I already have horrible dark circles😭😑

Author J o n a t h a n ( ago)
well that was crap thought you going to say how to cure them

Author Megan Jensen ( ago)
The real question is what led humans to deem dark circles undesirable.

Author Megan Jensen ( ago)
So I'm forever stuck looking dead. I sleep a lot and they are always there.

Author Austin Heeres ( ago)
I have different, darker purple, diagonal, curved lines, starting at the inner corner of my eye.

Author La Luma ( ago)
I've born with dark circles under my eyes. When I don't sleep well in just one night, my dark circles are even more darker and it looks like a zombie. Even make-up doesn't help.

Thanks daddy, for giving me this shit. :<

Author The Devil was Once a angel ( ago)
I like my darks circles around my eye they are not too dark so it looks like I have a very eye shadow on♡♡

Author The fuck was that? ( ago)
Tbh I like my dark ass circles... they look cool to me lmao...

Author Unkown ( ago)
There's a silent outbreak no one is talking about.......

Author Vinz From Philippines ( ago)
I need to rest now...

Author Yin Tsang ( ago)
While our society's beauty standards cause these dark circles to ruin one's self esteem, i can't help but wonder what purpose it even has for our survival.

Author Bella Cieen ( ago)
Lol i've had dark circles all my life and i still have them to this day.I've learned how to except them😂😂

Author ss00ss00ss00 ss00ss00ss00 ( ago)
شكرا للمترجم العربي

Author ARD 209 ( ago)
Bruh, I get em from working night shift and going to sleep at 3am on my days off.

Author chloe ( ago)
tbh sometimes i feel like i look like a damn panda bc of it

Author jonh tonna ( ago)
but what if you have social anxoety disorder?

Author Phanic! At The Øne Crybaby Discø ( ago)
I have dark circles under my eyes and part of the side of my eye, I barely get sleep because school,art, and Pain in my body

Author Cuteness Kitten ( ago)
Nobody can see bags under my eyes because my glasses cover them.

Author VampirePumpkins ( ago)
this is why it's bullshit that more eye creams dont contain sun screen. and mineral sun screens are gentle around the eyes and have a white-ish cast that can brighten up the area.

Author Just Chilin ( ago)
I have naturally dark under eye circles, it sucks I look like a raccoon 😔

Author katerinafaith ( ago)
Taking that allergy med helped me breathe during spring. And helped me handle mosquito bites during summer

Author Misha Fernandez ( ago)
Is the guy modeling the dark circles at the start Trace from DNews? Looks like him

Author Preston Stephens ( ago)
I have dark circles under my eyes...

Author Ronan Smyth ( ago)
Lifestyle and dietary habits such as sodium intake, alcohol and tobacco aren't mentioned in this video.

Alcohol in particular dehydrates the body and in time causes the appearance of dark circles.

Author naturalistmind ( ago)
I have midterms tommorow, I can't unsweat that!

Author TiffanyHeartsU ( ago)
Shout out to those hereditary dark circles 😭😭😭😭

Author sprocaster ( ago)
FUCK DARK CIRCLES

Author JoseDiazTheKidYouLove ( ago)
Why are there only 2 skin colors, for examples, white and black(anytime of black skin). Why aren't there blue, green, purple skin colored people?

Author Prince Westerburg ( ago)
Do you have to edit EVERY pause out of the video, oh sorry, I meant:
DoyouhavetoeditEVERYpauseoutofthevideo?

Author nefty73 ( ago)
Shit video.

Author R.B. ( ago)
I love that around the one minute mark you offered everyone who has bags under their eyes ways to make it *worse*! Fuck trying to make it better! Oh I laughed so hard.

Author Nirmala Paulus ( ago)
can you make a video on how to get rid of them! i'm fed up ot them!

Author Stanford Griffith ( ago)
This doesn't cover why I have mine, according to my ENT at least. Certain people have sinus cavities that shaped so that they create these dark circles under the eyes. There's nothing "wrong," per say, but the phenomenon simply forces more blood into the area. They do get worse with sun and stress and exhaustion, like everything else, but it's impossible to get rid of them.

Author NessaOfDorthonion ( ago)
I have had bags under my eyes as long as I can remember, and despite this my grandma constantly asks me if I got enough sleep

Author TvvITCH ( ago)
I was also told dark circles were caused by not eating enough leafy vegetables, but pretty sure that was part of the ongoing conspiracy to simply get me to eat healthier.

Author Oscar Darski ( ago)
Now now guys, there's always hope.
- Get enough sleep.
-Reduce caffeine and alcohol
-Consume less sodium
-Take allergy meds.
-Exercise
-Eat healthy
-Place cold cucumbers or Green tea bags under eyes.
- Get a bit more fat to thicken up eyelids. (Only if you're incredibly thin)

Author Will Shellman ( ago)
putting lotion under my eyes helps a lot for some reason.

Author Blank Tank ( ago)
I was born with them

Author GuttaSlandaPro ( ago)
Good Dank weed is also a cause of circles under the eyes

Author vixyjedi ( ago)
I have dark circles because I'm a panda

Author Zīle Ašmane ( ago)
But dark circles are also the result of kidney problems and infections with parasites so you can get them a lot lighter if you eliminate alcohol and get rid of parasites that have been living in your body.

Author nomnomnomey ( ago)
If you're a girl, you can just wear makeup over it if you're really concerned. Guys just have to deal with it or deal with the stigma of wearing makeup.

Author erickyboo ( ago)
The thumbnail looks like Trace Domingez.

Author martin valdez ( ago)
I have the worst dark circles you'll ever see. I've been asked if im on drugs because of it.

Author Smiles ( ago)
Allergy medicine is anticholinergic which causes dementia.

Author Joseph Schauster ( ago)
Interesting to know. Yes, I have had allergies and rubbing eyes i do. I am 43. I have used cold spoons under my eyes.

Author Calin Pavelia ( ago)
I learn new things everyday! Thanks, scishow! 😆

Author Jza Diamo ( ago)
Wooow shots fired at Trace from DNews

Author EraG823 ( ago)
What if you always have bags under your eyes

Author jobriq5 ( ago)
That thumbnail pic tho

Author Norie92 ( ago)
Can you do a video on why the Seahawks didn't just run the damn ball?

Author Nomad Loco ( ago)
Blood is blue in your veins not red

Author O G ( ago)
Bullshit

Author Mumu Duck ( ago)
is it weird I actually want dark circles?

Author Maickel Hartlief ( ago)
and DON'T GET OLD

Author RelaxWithReena ( ago)
I found that when i run (I run outdoors so the fresh air and sun also helps), it makes a difference with my undereye darkness. It's immediate before and after a run, and even less dark the next day. Get that blood circulation going! :)


Author monte cristo ( ago)
What will happen if casieum was dropped into fluroantimonic acid ?

Author Koniaczek Koń ( ago)
Welp I didnt expect you to know that but having parasites like human worm or some tapeworms or candida's makes you have dark circles under your eyes too.

Author J Cee ( ago)
I have dark circles under my eyes, and my eyelids are a dark pinkish color. I call it my Portuguese Eyeshadow because I got it from that side of the family. Fascinating, I know. No need to thank me.

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