After a lack of sleep, you might’ve woken up the next day with dark circles underyour eyes.

This is usually known as bags under eyes, which appear as mild swelling, sagginess or even puffiness under the eyes.

Why do they occur?

The experts at House Call Doctor say that bags under the eyes become more common when you age, as the tissue and muscle around the eyes weaken.

The clinical term for the cosmetic condition is “periorbital hyperpigmentation” or POH, which can also occur when the fat that supports the eyes moves to the lower eyelids, creating the puffy appearance.

Fluid can sometimes store in the lower eyelids as well, whichcontributes to the swelling.

Usually, bags under the eyes are harmless and pose no threat to your health. However, the symptoms can become severe and allude to other diseases or illnesses.

It is important that if your eyes are painful, red, itchy, persistent or swelling is sever, you should consult with a doctor.

Seeking out medical attention could dismiss some of the possible conditions that cause the swelling. These include an infection, allergy or even thyroid disease.

What are the causes?

There are a few factors that cause bags under the eyes. These include:

    • Lack of sleep
  • Eating too much salt – can retainfluid under the eyes
  • Smoking
  • Genes – this condition can be heredity
  • Allergies
  • Too much sun under the eyes
  • Drinking alcohol


  • Cut salt from your diet: If you eat too much salt, the water you consume will go to the parts of the body that have high amounts of sodium. As the area under the eyes is low in sodium, it often misses out on much needed hydration.
  • Treat your allergies with a Neti Pot: Eye puffiness occurs alongside allergies. Neti Pots are used to flush out the sinuses and therefore drain that extra bit of fluid that is causing those bags.
  • Change your night time routine: Remember before you go to bed, remove any makeup from your face and maybe even try a new sleeping position. Sleeping on your side or on your stomach can help collect fluid under those eyes. Instead, try sleeping on your back with an extra pillow under your head.
  • Put cold compress under the eyes: You may think that putting cold cucumbers on your eyes was just an aesthetic choice. In fact, applying cold compresses like cucumbers, cold damp tea bags or chilled spoons on your eyes can counteract puffiness.
  • Try other home remedies:There are many other home remedies you can try similar to using cold cucumbers toremove bags from under your eyes. Examples include mixing vitamin E oil with water and using cotton pads to put this on the eyes, or placing two cold tea bags on your eyes (it’s best to do this by wetting the tea bags and placing them in the fridge until chilled).