Dark circles are a concern for many women. These are the tired looking dark patches that can make women appear tired, and older than her years. Dark circles can be caused by several different factors including lack of sleep, stress, and even genetics. Whatever the cause is, women are trying to get rid of them. Many under eye creams promise to reduce the signs of aging, including dark circles, but sometimes the ingredients in these creams can cause unwanted side effects.
One of the most common side effects of using an under eye cream is an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients. Normally this is a reaction to the ingredient Vitamin K. The vitamin is used in the eye creams to help shrink the blood vessels that can cause the skin to darken. Some skin specialists are rethinking their usage of the vitamin in injections and creams as a few women have shown adverse side effects which can include reddening and itching of the skin.
Often included in eye creams are anti-wrinkle creams whose ingredients can be slightly harsher than the delicate under eye skin can handle. The skin under the eye is extremely delicate and sensitive, making it vulnerable to skin irritations. Normally the irritations are characterized by a burning or unpleasant tingling sensation in the skin. If this occurs, discontinue use of the product. To prevent skin irritations from occurring, it is important to carefully read the list of ingredients before using any skin care product.
Discoloration of the Skin: Hydroquinone
Under eye creams containing hydroquinone are typically used for bleaching the delicate eye skin. Dark circles caused by fatigue, anxiety and stress, or even medication tend to be temporary while dark circles due to hypo pigmentation are permanent. Hydroquinone can help to lighten the dark circles, but it can also cause other types of skin discoloration if it is not properly applied. To help prevent either hypo pigmentation or hyper pigmentation it is recommended that a sun screen always be applied before going outside.
Irritation caused by Retinol:
Retinol or Retinol-A is derivative of Vitamin A, and has long been used in skin care. Introduced as an acne medication, it soon become a key ingredient in many anti-aging products. One of the benefits of Retinol is its ability to help the body’s skin cells begin the production of collagen. Collagen is the fiber that keeps skin looking smooth and firm. Retinol not only helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it can also help to diminish the appearance of under eye dark circles and bag under eyes. Unfortunately, Retinol can be too harsh for some women. Not only can the ingredient cause the skin to become inflamed, some women have also experienced problems with skin discoloration. Long exposure to sunlight can also cause Retinol to irritate the skin.
In general, most women do not experience side effects from using under eye creams. The majority of the creams are made with gentle, nonirritating ingredients. To help prevent a side effect from occurring, carefully read the ingredients and follow all of the instructions. Side effects can occur, though they are usually mild they can be irritating and embarrassing.