Zap Your Dark Circles Into Oblivion
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I feel like I’ve got permanent shadows under my eyes. Makeup helps, but is there a more long-lasting solution to help get rid of them?
“From a skin product perspective, look for products containing caffeine, coffee seed extract, tea extract, and cacao extract. These ingredients serve to shrink the capillaries [in the area] therefore eliminating that blue discoloration. I have two key laser treatments I offer in my practice for under-eye dark circles, too. One targets the blue blood vessels using a pulsed dye laser that shrinks these abnormally dilated microscopic cells back to their normal size. It takes three treatments, a month apart, to see a dramatic improvement, but the effect will last for years. Sometimes dark circles are from pigment, though, and if that’s the case, I would use a pigment-removing Q-Switched laser, matching the appropriate wavelength to skin type over two monthly sessions.”
Dr. Macrene Alexiades is a Harvard-educated dermatologist and scientist with a research center and private practice in New York that focuses on laser and aesthetic dermatology. She is the creator of the cult favorite antiaging skincare line 37 Extreme Actives.