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    Bleaching undereye circles

    Hi everyone I'm new to the forums.

    Ever since middle school around the 7th grade I have had a little problem with dark circles, but they started worsening after I started High School. Now at the age of 25 and after 2 kids they are even darker! Before I didn't mind them and learned to embrace them, but my significant other started pointing them out when we first me, I still didn't care much, but now I'm finally starting to and wanting to get back my "childhood days" skin before I started the 7th grade, which is around the time I started menstruating by the way. I'm not sure if it's a lack of iron, since I always suffered from anemia, but I want to do something. I started taking iron supplements, but don't see much of a difference and I also have sleeping problems, but I'm starting to tackle that by taking Melatonin and it's starting to help immensely.

    4 days ago I started bleaching the skin under my eyes. I have read on this dark circles website that 3-4% Hydroquinone which is what my cream has will help lighten them. I know a lot of people say it's bad and it's not recommended, but I'm actually looking for people who have tried it and had results. Also, if you can post some before and after photos that would be awesome. Thank you

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    AFAIK hydroquinone will not bleach out dark circles, unless you have been diagnosed with a form of melasma/ chloasma? HQ works on hyperpigmentation whereas dark circles are generally caused by blood vessels close the surface and issues with circulation. Sleeping and iron intake are only a small part of a healthy lifestyle: do you consistently meet or exceed all your government's recommendations for healthy eating and physical activity?

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    Thanks for the reply. I have also read about this and I havent't been diagnosed with any of that, but still decided to give it a try since I didn't have these circles as a child, thought it may be hyperpigmentation. I don't exercise, but will start soon (today actually, bought a gym membership). I will continue testing out the hydroquinone for a month and a half or so to see if I get any results. Thanks for the reply

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    Hq is serious stuff, I tried it and it dried my under eye area, and also made my eyes dry. You should try niacinamide instead, you can buy like the powder to make your own 5% cream or serum.

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    You don't need formal exercise, just get your 10,000 steps every day to improve lymphatic drainage. By all means join the gym as well for fitness and weight management, but be sure that is alongside daily physical activity and a clean, balanced diet because exercising increases your body's requirements for every nutrient.

    Hydroquinone is a prescription only medication here in the UK because it has some unpleasant side effects. It really is not a substance to just try out for a few weeks without a proper diagnosis and medical supervision, you could very well end up worse off than when you started. Please ensure you are using a high quality zinc oxide sunscreen.

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    I don't exercise, but will start soon (today actually, bought a gym membership). I will continue testing out the hydroquinone for a month and a half or so to see if I get any results. Thanks for the reply


    "In the year of our Lord 1903, in the meat packing plants off the shores of the sea, Stood a young man at his slaughter post a newby by his side, He said grind it up and ship it out doesn't matter what's inside, With poison bread to kill the rats, an effective tool of trade ..." Flatfoot 56

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    I exercise 4 times a week, at least, and I'm a server so I'm constantly running around at work for 4-7 hours on end, and I STILL have what I believe to be darker circles than normal under my eyes. I've always HATED this about myself...I'd give anything to be able to lighten them up! Concealer helps a little but really, it just wears off. Argh.

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    Hi all, thanks for the replies. I will consider all your suggestions if all else fails. I have noticed some of my undereye skin lightening faster than other parts! And I definitely see some difference in color changing. What scares me is that a little patch (inner eye part) are getting lighter faster than the outer parts of the circles, weird? but it's working! I started applying with a q-tip as to avoid "coloring outside the lines", so when it becomes more noticeable I will definitely avoid the lighter patches.

    Tiffany, I bet not anything like mine. I might post pictures of them soon, plus I'm tanned. I look Indian, but I'm Latina..that's how bad my circles are.

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    If you want to go a natural route id suggest trying helichrysum essential oil mixed with Rose hip seed oil and evening primrose oil. Just apply it under your eyes 2-3 times a day. Not only is it great for your skin but I've read in quite a few places that it is good for dark under eye circles. It is well worth a try.

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    To MichaelMe's suggestion, I would also add Chrysin and Vit K. Seems to work rather nicely in combination. Proper sleep, a healthy diet and exercise. Not really an option.

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    Hey! Thanks for the new suggestions and posts, I will definitely keep these in mind and I'm so glad there are many of you here to help .

    Well, it's been 2 weeks since I started bleaching the circles and I used a toner twice in 2 weeks or 1 week and a half (not too sure). Today when looking in the mirror I noticed that almost "half" of the circles (starting from the outside of my right eye) is missing. I was shocked..I showed my significant other to see if he noticed the same thing I did or if I was just seeing things and he also sees it.

    I am shocked and in disbelief. Will keep you guys updated.

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