Why Do I Get Dark Circles Under My Eyes?

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  • 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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Comments: 957

  • TPD Amaruu
    TPD Amaruu 9 days ago

    I was born with them and i hate them

  • Noly Rson
    Noly Rson 12 days ago

    Fucking hate the dark circles under my eyes lol, happy with everything else but my eyes make me look like I'm half dead.

  • Mohamed Mokrane
    Mohamed Mokrane 17 days ago

    Hmm thank you

  • Earthling Adam
    Earthling Adam 19 days ago

    What about the connection to the kidneys? Any thoughts on that?

  • Sweyn78
    Sweyn78 20 days ago

    I thought they were mostly genetic.

  • Adrian Andal
    Adrian Andal 20 days ago

    What product I can use to remove dark under eye

  • Gunpowdergolem
    Gunpowdergolem 21 day ago

    People always say I look like a raccoon because of my dark circles

  • Jjaro V
    Jjaro V 21 day ago

    That first pic looks like the white weeknd lol

  • Nichole C
    Nichole C 24 days ago

    There are injections/fillers that help with the dark circles, too. Until then, concealer and Claritin it is, for me!

  • Soso Sasa
    Soso Sasa 25 days ago

    👍🏾

  • Keijo 420
    Keijo 420 26 days ago

    thiccness of skin

  • Vovo Vylon
    Vovo Vylon 27 days ago

    So looking like the sith is genetic? I want my new pair of genes.

  • Erika Fiore
    Erika Fiore 28 days ago

    So basically by most comments I just read we just need to figure out a way of making dark circles be a new fashion trend and become sexy.

  • Mind over Mindfuck
    Mind over Mindfuck 28 days ago

    Ah... Lately I've been on a medicine that makes my immune system pissy – and my allergies worse. So this is why I've got bags for days

  • Alonzo Flowers
    Alonzo Flowers 1 month ago

    my allergies are so

  • captainrobots
    captainrobots 1 month ago

    what if you are not born with them and do everything you said to help or prevent them but still have them.

  • The Great Sloth Lord

    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.

  • Randi D.C .D.C
    Randi D.C .D.C 1 month 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

  • subzero9024
    subzero9024 1 month ago

    I used to always have the best sleep but am cursed with this bullshit under my eyes

  • Apiture Science
    Apiture Science 1 month ago

    For some reason he said "allergies" and i busted out loling!

  • iUniqueOrn
    iUniqueOrn 1 month ago

    For some reason I find it kinda hot when guys have dark circles.. xD

  • BeatDroppingBeats
    BeatDroppingBeats 1 month ago

    I'm always stressed..

  • IlexonTrooper
    IlexonTrooper 1 month 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

  • Exploding Peach
    Exploding Peach 1 month 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...

  • Wolf Girl
    Wolf Girl 1 month 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!!

  • KeoneArt
    KeoneArt 1 month ago

    It's kind of attractive on females.

  • Leigh Marcotte
    Leigh Marcotte 1 month 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

  • Gracie Lee
    Gracie Lee 1 month 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.

  • Renwick010
    Renwick010 1 month ago

    how'd you cure this shit?

  • Simon Greenaway
    Simon Greenaway 1 month ago

    Dark Circles? Eyes? Looks like you got a black eye!

  • Sophie Robinson
    Sophie Robinson 1 month ago

    Today I Found Out did this one too

  • Alora Simkins
    Alora Simkins 1 month 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

  • Goo Planet
    Goo Planet 1 month 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!!!?

  • collin
    collin 1 month 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

  • HEBXBEH Gaming
    HEBXBEH Gaming 1 month ago

    I've had people ask me "Why are you wearing make up?" Bruh-_-

    • HEBXBEH Gaming
      HEBXBEH Gaming 1 month ago

      *My dark circles look so bad it looks like make up


  • Gabe Hey
    Gabe Hey 1 month ago

    You can almost see my skull

  • iPsykø
    iPsykø 1 month ago

    I want to know why I have dark bags under my eyes, told to look at my wrist.

  • HellhoundUltraDX
    HellhoundUltraDX 1 month 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.

  • Mehak Bhatia
    Mehak Bhatia 1 month ago

    OR swipe some concealer under your eyes and live in denial of your problems! :D

  • Zalaé Etienne
    Zalaé Etienne 1 month ago

    What exactly is a shin splint?

  • Len Just Len
    Len Just Len 1 month 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.

  • beth98362 R
    beth98362 R 1 month ago

    Best thing for dark circles under your eyes is plain Chapstick put under your eyes just before you sleep.

  • Sarah Bourne
    Sarah Bourne 1 month ago

    I am always tired, have allergies, and have dark skin... No wonder my eyelids are ten shades darker than my skin

  • thefunway123
    thefunway123 1 month ago

    but why do I get dark circles under my anus

  • comedy gold xd
    comedy gold xd 1 month ago

    It's because you are Gaara's son dumbasses

  • notblondeswede
    notblondeswede 1 month ago

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

  • Windhelm Guard
    Windhelm Guard 1 month 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.

  • LeaffyStar19
    LeaffyStar19 2 months 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.

  • MondoCruz
    MondoCruz 2 months ago

    Eye do our eyes burn or sting when we get tired? Why do our eyes water when we yawn?

  • messyties
    messyties 2 months ago

    Bcoz i waz smokin' dank budz

  • Vanessa Acosta Hernández

    my undereyes are sooo dark like actual brown colored and my veins look crazy green lol no one cares

  • Will Robbins
    Will Robbins 2 months ago

    I heard that eating kale helps with eye circles.

  • The Singing Vine
    The Singing Vine 2 months ago

    ok so people with anxiety and depression will have dark areas under their eyes. that explains a lot

  • Christy S
    Christy S 2 months 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

  • lotte mintos
    lotte mintos 2 months ago

    my bags dominate my facccceee

  • Emily Toribio
    Emily Toribio 2 months ago

    So is it a myth that you can get dark circles around your eyes from rubbing them too much?

  • MafiaCircus
    MafiaCircus 2 months 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.

  • Paulina Ermilova
    Paulina Ermilova 3 months ago

    I'm 12 and I already have horrible dark circles😭😑

  • J o n a t h a n
    J o n a t h a n 3 months ago

    well that was crap thought you going to say how to cure them

  • Megan Jensen
    Megan Jensen 3 months ago

    The real question is what led humans to deem dark circles undesirable.

  • Megan Jensen
    Megan Jensen 3 months ago

    So I'm forever stuck looking dead. I sleep a lot and they are always there.

  • Austin Heeres
    Austin Heeres 4 months ago

    I have different, darker purple, diagonal, curved lines, starting at the inner corner of my eye.

  • La Luma
    La Luma 4 months 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. :<

  • The Devil was Once a angel

    I like my darks circles around my eye they are not too dark so it looks like I have a very eye shadow on♡♡

  • The fuck was that?
    The fuck was that? 4 months ago

    Tbh I like my dark ass circles... they look cool to me lmao...

  • Unkown
    Unkown 4 months ago

    There's a silent outbreak no one is talking about.......

  • Vinz From Philippines
    Vinz From Philippines 4 months ago

    I need to rest now...

  • Yin Tsang
    Yin Tsang 5 months 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.

  • Bella Cieen
    Bella Cieen 6 months 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😂😂

    • Dylan Smith
      Dylan Smith 4 months ago

      Mine are terrible.. I get asked all the time if I get enough sleep.


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  • ARD 209
    ARD 209 6 months ago

    Bruh, I get em from working night shift and going to sleep at 3am on my days off.

  • chloe
    chloe 7 months ago

    tbh sometimes i feel like i look like a damn panda bc of it

  • jonh tonna
    jonh tonna 7 months ago

    but what if you have social anxoety disorder?

  • Phanic! At The Øne Crybaby Discø

    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

  • Doot Skeleton
    Doot Skeleton 7 months ago

    Nobody can see bags under my eyes because my glasses cover them.

  • VampirePumpkins
    VampirePumpkins 7 months 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.

  • Just Chilin
    Just Chilin 7 months ago

    I have naturally dark under eye circles, it sucks I look like a raccoon 😔

  • katerinafaith
    katerinafaith 7 months ago

    Taking that allergy med helped me breathe during spring. And helped me handle mosquito bites during summer

  • Misha Fernandez
    Misha Fernandez 7 months ago

    Is the guy modeling the dark circles at the start Trace from DNews? Looks like him

  • Preston Stephens
    Preston Stephens 7 months ago

    I have dark circles under my eyes...

  • Ronan Smyth
    Ronan Smyth 7 months 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.

  • naturalistmind
    naturalistmind 7 months ago

    I have midterms tommorow, I can't unsweat that!

  • TiffanyHeartsU
    TiffanyHeartsU 7 months ago

    Shout out to those hereditary dark circles 😭😭😭😭

    • Dylan Smith
      Dylan Smith 4 months ago

      Mee.. I'm a guy, my mom can just cover hers with makeup.


  • sprocaster
    sprocaster 7 months ago

    FUCK DARK CIRCLES

  • JoseDiazTheKidYouLove
    JoseDiazTheKidYouLove 7 months 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?

  • Prince Westerburg
    Prince Westerburg 7 months ago

    Do you have to edit EVERY pause out of the video, oh sorry, I meant:
    DoyouhavetoeditEVERYpauseoutofthevideo?

  • nefty73
    nefty73 7 months ago

    Shit video.

  • R.B.
    R.B. 7 months 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.

  • Nirmala Paulus
    Nirmala Paulus 7 months ago

    can you make a video on how to get rid of them! i'm fed up ot them!

  • Stanford Griffith
    Stanford Griffith 7 months 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.

  • NessaOfDorthonion
    NessaOfDorthonion 7 months 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

  • TvvITCH
    TvvITCH 7 months 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.

  • Oscar Darski
    Oscar Darski 7 months 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)

  • Will Shellman
    Will Shellman 7 months ago

    putting lotion under my eyes helps a lot for some reason.

  • Blank Tank
    Blank Tank 7 months ago

    I was born with them

  • GuttaSlandaPro
    GuttaSlandaPro 7 months ago

    Good Dank weed is also a cause of circles under the eyes

  • vixyjedi
    vixyjedi 7 months ago

    I have dark circles because I'm a panda

  • Zīle Ašmane
    Zīle Ašmane 8 months 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.

  • nomnomnomey
    nomnomnomey 8 months 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.

    • Dylan Smith
      Dylan Smith 4 months ago

      That's what sucks for me. I'm a guy and my mom covers her with makeup.


  • erickyboo
    erickyboo 8 months ago

    The thumbnail looks like Trace Domingez.

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