19 April, 2018 Physician Victoria Tan

What are Dark Eye Circles and How to Tackle Them

Dark Eye Circles

The main reasons for facial consults are typically aesthetic, and amongst the pigmentary conditions, dark eye circles are one of the most common concerns.

What are Dark Eye Circles actually? They are homogeneous pigment macules on the infraorbital regions that present as darkening of the skin under or around the eye. As we would notice the skin around the eyes is a thin and sensitive area, multiple etiologic factors contribute to the formation of this particular hyper-pigmentation, such as melanin deposition, sun exposure, periorbital edema, superficial vasculature, and shadowing due to skin laxity. These are pathological pathways that point to a certain irregularity in the body, whether systemic or localised.

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According to TCM theories, an eye-mapping technique, coupled with diagnostic checks and questions is used to identify and rectify the problem based on the underlying imbalance. While there is a myriad of ways that can help with the lightening of the skin, TCM believes in the natural enhancement of the skin condition, regaining balance from within.

 

Some reasons dark eye circles form:

  1. Long hours of eye strain
  2. Stress
  3. Insufficient rest
  4. Oily and acidic diet

 

Why do some people get it and some don’t?

The gut and its system is a predisposing factor as to how much the body is affected by our daily habits. The blood, fluid and oxygen flow in the body is further slowed down should we expose our body to an unbalanced lifestyle. Other organ systems are then subsequently affected and lead to more discerning symptoms such as fatigue, head grogginess, Dry Eye Syndrome, flatulence, cold extremities etc.

 

The treatment typically comprises of:

    1. Eye and body acupuncture
    2. Facial Gua Sha
    3. Acupressure

 

What you can do for yourself:

    1. Sufficient sleep
    2. Hydration
    3. Hydrotherapy for the eyes by placing a warm cloth over the eyes (while not pressurising the eye) at night for 2-3 minutes
    4. Stress management
    5. A balanced diet, including more fruits and vegetables
    6. Avoid acidic foods
    7. Eye massage on the temple and under the eyes

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Article by Physician Victoria Tan

 

Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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About the Author

Physician Victoria Tan

Physician Victoria Tan

TCM Physician

Double Degree (1st Class Hon): Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences & Bachelor of Medicine (Chinese Medicine), Nanyang Technological University and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Physician Victoria Tan was a scholarship recipient of Ngee Ann Kongsi Tertiary Scholarship and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine Foreign Students Scholarship in her undergraduate days, and the Valedictorian of her batch in NTU.

Currently a recipient of the graduate scholarship by the Academy of Chinese Medicine, Singapore, she is undertaking her graduate studies in Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology in NUS.

Physician Tan co-authored with A*STAR and is a co-investigator in East-West Medicine clinical research in public hospitals. One of the youngest TCM Instructor with the People’s Association, Victoria is also seen sharing TCM knowledge and professional advice through various media.

Her amiable personality and professionalism have won her patients’ trust in her craft.

Physician Tan’s expertise: Internal Disorders, Pain & Injury Management, Fertility Planning, Facial, Skin and Eye Disorders, Endocrine Conditions and Paediatric Tuina.

 

Comments (2)

  1. carol

    Hi,

    I am 60 years old and have puffy eye bags which is my key concern. Is your facial/eye acupuncture treatment suitable for my age to remove my eye bag permanently?

    • PULSE TCM

      Hi Carol,

      It will not be gone totally and permanently. However, the firming effects from the acupuncture and gua sha will be able to help reduce eye bags in the long run.

      Hope this helps!

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