What Causes Ordinary Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles Under the Eyes?

puffy-eyes-dark-circles-dr-torrey-carlsonOrdinary swelling around the eyes means you have an excessive accumulation of fluids in surrounding skin tissue. Because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin in the body, swelling and discoloration can be quite noticeable.

Edema around the eyes generally results from a variety of factors, including: Overconsumption of salt, which causes fluid retention, allergies that can cause inflammation and swelling, sinus problems, dehydration, fatigue and lack of sleep, stress, crying, aging, and inherited features. It’s true that many people have puffy eyes because this trait simply runs in the family.

With aging, eye puffiness can be caused in part when fatty tissue that ordinarily protects the eye inside the bony eye socket begins to push forward and fill in spaces below the eye. This happens because aging processes cause thinning of the membrane or “septum” that ordinarily holds back fat in both the upper and lower eyelids. As the membrane thins, the fat herniates and pushes forward. This is when bags or bulges start forming under the eye.  

If the puffiness is due to fatty deposits, this can be surgically enhanced.  If it is from other factors, cosmetics such as Instant Ageless® can temporarily help mask the problem.

Torrey Carlson