We answer your questions every day via email, messages, facebook, twitter, and of course, on the phone. We get the "dark circles" question so often that I felt I needed to write a quick post on what you can do to treat it at home.
We have a wonderful TCA Eye Peel Kit and instructional video for you to watch here:
Can you use a TCA peel for under eye circles?
TCA has been shown to help not only lighten dark circles,but increase skin firmness, improve fine lines and minimize dark spots. Applying a peel is always an option, but you must excercise caution.
- Always begin by putting a barrier of vaseline/petrolatum jelly right under your lash lines to prevent any seepage into the eye area. Think of Egyptians and their eye liner. A nice line with a Qtip is the easiest way to apply.
- Only use the lightest percentage available. In this case our TCA 7% or 13% are the mildest formulations. Don't consider using the 20% or 30% for this area. You may dilute your 20 or 30 to a 10% and use that.
- Always start with only 1 layer only if this is your first peel on the eye area. When you saturate your gauze pad give it a good squeeze so there is no way that solution can potentially drip. Keep it light.
- Only apply an eye peel one time per month. Give your skin ample time to heal and regenerate between peels.
- Next time you do a peel you can consider applying a second layer, and later work up to multiple layers if you need.
- To dilute the 20%. Mix equal parts 20% TCA with distilled or purified water in a separate cup.
- To dilute the 30%. Mix 1 part 30% TCA with 2 parts water.
What are other alternatives to treat dark circles?
Many times a peel is not going to help unless your darkness is a pigmentation issue. Consider using a daily treatment specifically for the eye area alone.
- I highly suggest the Eyelift Xpress Caffeine Eye Roller followed by Platinum Eyes Restoration Therapy. Do this 2x daily after washing and before other creams or treatments.
- Fade Bright Lightening Serum. Apply a light layer of this serum after washing and before any creams. This is used for pigmentation only.
- Allergy Medicine! *If your dark circles are not being helped by topicals, look for an OTC allergy medicine. A great deal of dark circles are from allergies. Take your allergy medicine every day for a few weeks. This will take care of dark circles caused by allergy issues.
- Dr. Rebecca Kazin, MD., medical director of the Johns Hopkins Dermatology and Cosmetic Center says "Some ingredients can help. Caffeine tightens blood vessels and curbs puffiness. Ingredients like retinol and vitamins C and E can lighten undereye circles". We recommend reading her article 5 Remedies For Dark Circles.