Why Do I Get Dark Circles Under My Eyes?

  • Published on Sep 17, 2016
  • 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:
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2009.01213.x/full
    www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/dark-circles-under-eyes/basics/causes/sym-20050624
    jddonline.com/articles/dermatology/S1545961613P0154X/1
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3969674/
    www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/questions/question/2986/
    cpj.sagepub.com/content/5/11/655.extract
    www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bags-under-eyes/in-depth/health-tip/art-20048799

Comments • 989

  • Megan Thompson
    Megan Thompson 22 hours ago

    I knew it I knew it I knew it! My mom keeps saying that is because I’m not getting enough sleep. Yeah thanks genetics

  • stars _1.1
    stars _1.1 2 days ago

    First you give me a slow metabolism... and now that! Thank you genatics

  • Maddie Lambert
    Maddie Lambert 6 days ago

    Hey sci show I was just wondering what a membrain was because I have on in my left eye and it's not making me blind or anything so why is it there

  • Sha Sha 1642
    Sha Sha 1642 8 days ago

    I hate my under eyes I got called a panda

  • AgnesJulia 12
    AgnesJulia 12 10 days ago

    Dammit..

  • Juan Martinez
    Juan Martinez 13 days ago

    Have bad eye bags under my eyes and I think it’s genetic because my mom and grandmother have them. Anyways just looking if there’s a way to make them go away or at least make them look better? I always look extremely tired and people always think I never get sleep and it’s annoying when people ask if I sleep or not. If anyone knows any remedies or something to make it look less bad can you comment thanks!

  • Alexis Taylor
    Alexis Taylor 18 days ago

    One of my cousins has (doesn’t get) dark circles under her eyes, and they went away when she had her tonsils removed. Anyone know why?

  • Totally not a killer
    Totally not a killer 29 days ago

    I have a these problems, gg

  • darkdeathhasfinalyco

    What are blood pimples and where do they come from??????

  • madscientistshusta
    madscientistshusta Month ago

    Iv had this problem all my life.

  • lover1671
    lover1671 2 months ago

    The blood in your body is NOT red. Blood only turns red when oxygen hits it.

    • DiminutiveFlower
      DiminutiveFlower Month ago

      False my friend. Blood draws are not exposed to oxygen; proof that your blood is red.
      I hope this was informative.

  • Aeon Conrad
    Aeon Conrad 2 months ago

    my mother used to say that dark circles were connected to ashtma symptoms, is this accurate?

    • ROCK GODDESS
      ROCK GODDESS 24 days ago

      Aeon Conrad or iron deficiency or odd sleeping patterns

  • Oleksandr Honcharov
    Oleksandr Honcharov 2 months ago

    Hej! It's not all - there are greyish, greenish and brownish circles also, and they could be connected with health issues

  • Milo Island
    Milo Island 3 months ago +1

    I wonder though, old stoners, people who smoke marijuana for along time, have big bags under their eyes, how does that happen I wonder.

  • Sky Taco Bird
    Sky Taco Bird 3 months ago

    I have these black bags that are very hard to notice, i put makeup on it so people can't see it

  • wintertime
    wintertime 3 months ago

    Sooo, is dark circles under my eyes are bad or not?

  • solenne miller
    solenne miller 3 months ago

    Solution: sleep and concealer

  • Pink Llama
    Pink Llama 3 months ago

    I get enough sleep, I only have allergies when the pollen is *really* bad, and slightly overweight
    So either genetic or the thin skin thing

  • Furbloke
    Furbloke 3 months ago

    I have really bad anxiety and Type 1 Diabetes. My cortisol levels go up when my anxiety plays up badly and its only through 13 hospital admissions that they realised this is what was putting my blood sugars uo tp +40 MMoL/s

  • luna lollzz
    luna lollzz 3 months ago

    Sleep

  • Malou Lewin
    Malou Lewin 3 months ago

    8 lol more like 10

  • Jimin 4life
    Jimin 4life 3 months ago

    Wat abt pale ppl who look like they always get enough sleep

  • Umitalia nyan
    Umitalia nyan 3 months ago

    Kuroki

  • Kevin Booth
    Kevin Booth 3 months ago

    As soon as the darkening on people with dark skin was mentioned, I recalled that people use black under the eyes to reduce glare from cheeks.
    The dark circles under eyes seem to probably be an evolutionary adaptation....
    amiwrong?

    • Emperor Faust
      Emperor Faust 3 months ago

      Kevin Booth noo its just bad bones under eyes. For example: my cheekbones protrude forward and I dont have dark circles. I have good development in my cheekbones, I sleep 4 hours a day and I have no dark circles. My friend who sleeps like 8-9hours a day has dark circles and his cheekbones dont protrude like mine

  • Jessica DelPrincipe
    Jessica DelPrincipe 3 months ago

    I never get eye bags. Never, ever. Even when I haven't slept. It's awesome that I don't have to worry about that lmao

  • Jimmy Lander
    Jimmy Lander 3 months ago +1

    How to get depressed in under 3 minutes

  • Francesca Neibel-Spruill
    Francesca Neibel-Spruill 3 months ago +1

    i've just accepted the fact that i always have and always will look like a goddamn racoon.

  • Maggie Foster
    Maggie Foster 3 months ago

    Hmm, surprised anemia wasn't mentioned! I am highly and chronically anemic. I have always had dark circles and am constantly asked if I am tired or sick.(🙄) The darkness has always worsened when I don't take my iron pill daily and if I don't get enough rest (which is always, lol.)
    Out of my three children, all three inherited my under eye circles in varying degrees of severity. I never really had allergy issues, but two of my boys do. Theirs definitely worsen when their allergies are giving them a hard time or if they are sick.
    I was never as bothered by my circles as much as others seem to be. I'll occasionally put some concealer on when the circles are dark enough that I could easily pass for an extra on The Walking Dead.
    I had great results with using an under eye cream put out by Garnier. It was cheap in comparison to the other creams on the shelf ($20-$75+) it started lightening the darkness within about three days of consistent use, but of course, the darkness returned when I stopped using it.
    The end.

  • Lucas Pino
    Lucas Pino 3 months ago

    T H I C S K I N

  • GabbyBear
    GabbyBear 3 months ago

    I feel like my under eye circles are the opposite of puffy lol my cheekbones are so high/stick out enough that part of my undereye circle is literally just cause of the shadow that my cheekbones create

  • L dog
    L dog 3 months ago

    why is spencer the thumbnail

  • Layla Williams
    Layla Williams 3 months ago

    I developed dark circles under my eyes after a serious illness in infancy. They've stayed with me ever since.

  • Shadow_Owl242
    Shadow_Owl242 3 months ago

    Q: what behavioral changes have we observed in deer who live in suburban neighborhoods vs deer who live in the wild?

  • JuicyFTW
    JuicyFTW 4 months ago

    But my vanes are always blue

  • Jarvis White
    Jarvis White 4 months ago

    So....black people have sage mode?

  • Emurg
    Emurg 5 months ago

    Cole sprouse can make dark circles hot doe

  • Oz El Coskuner
    Oz El Coskuner 5 months ago +3

    QUESTION: Why toilet BIDETs are not common? Is only-toilet paper is better? Why isnt WHO recommending? It is so frustrating to use European toilets. It is like a KFC with only dry tissues and without a sink to wash your hand or any wet wipes. It is simply so unhygienic. Why western world couldnt catch up yet?

    • pippo spano
      pippo spano 2 months ago

      In Italy we don't like swamp ass. Licking it is gross.

    • Pietro Smusi
      Pietro Smusi 3 months ago +1

      Özel Coşkuner Oh, it seems like American are intelligent at least in one camp.
      Even we Italians have bidets, and I can't understand why no European country uses them beyond us.

  • ʜʏʟɪᴀɴ ᴘʀɪᴅᴇ

    I've never tried it, but my buddy told me that hemorrhoid cream will make the dark bags under your eyes go away. I assume this doesn't apply to those with genes that promote them, if it even works at all, that is.

    • ʜʏʟɪᴀɴ ᴘʀɪᴅᴇ
      ʜʏʟɪᴀɴ ᴘʀɪᴅᴇ 3 months ago

      That's good to know. $15 is definitely better than potentially $75, and while I don't really have trouble with bags or circles, I have a friend who does so I'll be sure to pass this along. Thanks for sharing!

    • Maggie Foster
      Maggie Foster 3 months ago +2

      ʜʏʟɪᴀɴ ᴘʀɪᴅᴇ
      It really does work for bags. Wish it did for my dark circles. The one thing I found that helped with mine was an under eye circle treatment put out by Garnier. Relatively cheap, ($15 or so when the others on the shelf were $20-$75 which is ridiculous imo) and it worked. Didn't banish them entirely, but it lightened them when I consistently used it. Don't know if you have trouble with bags and circles, but wanted to share.

  • chhun hoksolinda
    chhun hoksolinda 5 months ago +2

    When my mom see me having dark circles around my eyes, she said I've been playing too much games...

  • Wolfing_ Gamer
    Wolfing_ Gamer 5 months ago

    Well....my dark circles are...


    My mascara when i sleep and i forget to take them off O_O

  • David Hernandez
    David Hernandez 5 months ago

    Best video ever

  • Cocoa Nargis
    Cocoa Nargis 6 months ago

    Could humans see in the dark if we REALLY tried? Can humans still servive out in the wild? What are our advantages and disadvantages?

  • The Vanilla Godzilla
    The Vanilla Godzilla 6 months ago

    Ya sound like a fast talking used car salesman or street hustler, ("Ya got change for a $100 bill, pal?" and I walk away without the $100 plus I'm down $50.) I can understand you and follow because I AM from the big city. But it just sounds reeedickUless. Just speak at a normal human speed. Not like you have to pee
    You didn't explain why some people ARE JUST BORN WITH 'EM! HELLO! I am a natural strawberry blond and I've had dark circles under my eyes since before I started kindergarten! I guess it was all those nights spent walking the floor because of a sick hampster.
    Also, why does every native Indian (from India) look like they're actually required to sleep on a bed of nails? HUGE, BLACK circles under their eyes yet many have fairly dark brown skin color.
    thx, TVG

  • Elliot Rodriquez
    Elliot Rodriquez 6 months ago

    Its NOT hereditary. I am working with an Attorney and my Doctor on my video. I found what was causing my dark circles in 2011. Look out for my video. Posting soon. please subscribe.

  • Source filmmaker and stuff

    My blephoconjuctivitis can explain dark circles

  • Qquacky
    Qquacky 6 months ago

    911th comment. :)

  • Fiery Ducks
    Fiery Ducks 6 months ago

    "generic anus comment"

  • Loving you
    Loving you 6 months ago

    I watched this at 4 am..... 😐 😂

  • airwrecka
    airwrecka 6 months ago +1

    can this guy be my doctor?

  • Jes The Red
    Jes The Red 7 months ago

    Why is this nearly word for word the exact same as a report Published on 25 Jul 2016 by Today I Found Out?Guys, you can do better than this!

  • Steven The Filmer
    Steven The Filmer 7 months ago

    Bih them bags Gucci.

  • min suga THE genius
    min suga THE genius 7 months ago

    Dark circles are hot

  • min suga THE genius
    min suga THE genius 7 months ago

    Dark circles are hot

  • Amarilis
    Amarilis 7 months ago

    I HATE FREAKKINN CORTISOL... ITS IN THE "WHY I CANT LOSE WEIGHT VIDEOS" AND NOW THE "WHY DO I HAVE DARK CIRCLES VIDEO!"

  • girl unknown
    girl unknown 7 months ago

    so does crying give you dark bags? just wondering.
    that was the best comment i had sorry

  • Jolina Dedios
    Jolina Dedios 7 months ago

    Is it ok to charge your device and wear iPhones at the same time?
    My mom keeps saying it's dangerous but I still do it anyway..

  • therabbithat
    therabbithat 8 months ago

    A condition called "around the eyes, very coloury" oh, latin

  • touched spaget
    touched spaget 8 months ago

    I was born with them and i hate them

  • Noly Rson
    Noly Rson 8 months 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 8 months ago

    Hmm thank you

  • Earthling Adam
    Earthling Adam 8 months ago

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

  • Adrian Andal
    Adrian Andal 8 months ago

    What product I can use to remove dark under eye

  • The Otaku King
    The Otaku King 8 months ago

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

  • Andrew R
    Andrew R 8 months ago

    That first pic looks like the white weeknd lol

  • Nichole C
    Nichole C 8 months 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 8 months ago

    👍🏾

  • Keijo 420
    Keijo 420 8 months ago

    thiccness of skin

  • Vovo Vylon
    Vovo Vylon 9 months ago

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

  • Erika Fiore
    Erika Fiore 9 months 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 9 months 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

  • Zoflow 02
    Zoflow 02 9 months ago

    my allergies are so

  • captainrobots
    captainrobots 9 months 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
    The Great Sloth Lord 9 months 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.

  • Randi D.C
    Randi D.C 9 months 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 9 months ago

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

  • Apiture Science
    Apiture Science 9 months ago

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

  • iUniqueOrn
    iUniqueOrn 9 months ago

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

  • BeatDroppingBeats
    BeatDroppingBeats 9 months ago

    I'm always stressed..

  • IlexonTrooper
    IlexonTrooper 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months ago

    It's kind of attractive on females.

  • Kawaii Potato
    Kawaii Potato 9 months 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 9 months 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.

  • Renwick
    Renwick 9 months ago

    how'd you cure this shit?

  • Simon Greenaway
    Simon Greenaway 9 months ago

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

  • Sophie Robinson
    Sophie Robinson 9 months ago

    Today I Found Out did this one too

  • Alora Simkins
    Alora Simkins 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months ago

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

    • HEBXBEH Gaming
      HEBXBEH Gaming 9 months ago

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

  • Gabe Hey
    Gabe Hey 9 months ago

    You can almost see my skull

  • iPsykø
    iPsykø 9 months ago

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

  • HellhoundUltraDX
    HellhoundUltraDX 9 months 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 9 months ago

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

  • Zalaé Etienne
    Zalaé Etienne 9 months ago

    What exactly is a shin splint?

  • Katherine Of Arrogant
    Katherine Of Arrogant 9 months 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 9 months ago

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

  • Sarah Bourne
    Sarah Bourne 9 months ago

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

  • thefunway123
    thefunway123 9 months ago

    but why do I get dark circles under my anus