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    I've always had very dark circles under my eyes... I was kind of hoping that they'd go away after going primal But, alas, nope... they are still there... dark as ever (fwiw, I'm grain, legume, sugar, dairy and nut free.)

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of a nutritional component/cause of the dark circles. I'd love to not constantly look as if I haven't slept for a month

  • #2
    Usually it's a dairy thing, especially in children... how long have you been dairy-free? And how much DO you sleep?

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    • #3
      increased blood sugar is a cause. diagnosed or not.
      as you continue, they may lighten.
      how long's it been?

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      • #4
        I have the same issue (ah hell, I have more issues than reader's digest) I'm not dairy free though. I recall having them since childhood(for example, in grade 4, I was asked who hit me, the circles were that dark) Nutrition-wise, apparently iron and a B-complex are helpful. BUT it could also be that the skin under your eyes are very thin, showing the veins. Also, barring allergies, just rubbing eyes a lot can cause the bruising(I do this unfortunately)
        Calm the f**k down.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by spughy View Post
          Usually it's a dairy thing, especially in children... how long have you been dairy-free? And how much DO you sleep?
          really?, my kids have a bit of pinkish under their eyes and sometimes have circles. I really am going to have to take them completely off dairy for a while now that I read this and I think I heard that before.
          I also have dark circles off and on ( proabably dairy realted too, huh?). I was anemic but taking iron has only helped a little. I bet not being on here at 11:30 would help though! Sorry, I'm no help.

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          • #6
            THere are two options that I can think of... first you are a vampire, and require the blood of the innocent to quench your ever thirsty...uh...thirst for blood.

            The second is that you have begun down the Path to the Darkside, from which there is no return. Give in, give in to your hatred, give in to your fear, let the gates of your anger flow...

            ...either way, the blood of the innocent should fix you right up.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DarthFriendly View Post
              THere are two options that I can think of... first you are a vampire, and require the blood of the innocent to quench your ever thirsty...uh...thirst for blood.

              The second is that you have begun down the Path to the Darkside, from which there is no return. Give in, give in to your hatred, give in to your fear, let the gates of your anger flow...


              ...either way, the blood of the innocent should fix you right up.

              Does that have to be 'self harvested' or can you use some of the commercial stuff from places like, Oh--Whole Foods?
              Tayatha om bekandze

              Bekandze maha bekandze

              Randza samu gate soha

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              • #8
                pink under the eyes = dairy
                dark circles under the eyes = wheat

                i had dark circles under my eyes and was always caking on cover-up. since i am wheat-free, it is gone.

                there is also a heritage component to this too, though.... esp. Mediterranean types.
                "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DarthFriendly View Post
                  THere are two options that I can think of... first you are a vampire, and require the blood of the innocent to quench your ever thirsty...uh...thirst for blood.

                  The second is that you have begun down the Path to the Darkside, from which there is no return. Give in, give in to your hatred, give in to your fear, let the gates of your anger flow...

                  ...either way, the blood of the innocent should fix you right up.
                  man i love your posts...

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                  • #10
                    Do you ever have sinus problems? Are the under eye areas ever sore? I had some problems with that, but as my sinuses get better, the circles are slowly going away. For awhile, I didn't even notice the congestion problems...until they were really bad. A chiro is helping me fix it up now.

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                    • #11
                      I get that from lack of sleep or poor sleep quality.

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                      • #12
                        Some people simply have thinner skin under the eyes, and tiny blood vessels show through (the blood of the not-so-innocent?) giving the appearance of dark circles. This has been the case for me. I started using Stri-Vectin cream under my eyes. It is used for stretch marks and wrinkles, and it works partially by thickening the skin. I've seen a noticeable improvement and hey, no fine lines now, too!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DarthFriendly View Post
                          THere are two options that I can think of... first you are a vampire, and require the blood of the innocent to quench your ever thirsty...uh...thirst for blood.

                          The second is that you have begun down the Path to the Darkside, from which there is no return. Give in, give in to your hatred, give in to your fear, let the gates of your anger flow...


                          ...either way, the blood of the innocent should fix you right up.
                          Snert... now THAT is funny Thanks for the laugh!

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                          • #14
                            OK I am guessing it's just genetic since I've been off of all grains since July and off of dairy for a good couple of months. My blood sugar is (and has always been) very good/well controlled. My sleep has improved immeasurably in the past two months (thanks Cilla for the L-theanine suggestion!) and I take a good b-vite every day.... I *am* of mediterranean descent (1/2 Sicilian, 1/2 Italian... go figure).... hence my guess it's mostly just genetic.

                            Oh well I was hoping someone had a miracle in their pocket "Oh I got rid of mine by increasing my daily chocolate intake!" LOLOL

                            Thanks a million for the suggestions!!!

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                            • #15
                              I've always had dark circles under my eyes as well. My ancestors mainly came from northern Europe. Both my parents have the dark circles to some extent, though mine are more pronounced. I think it's largely an inherited trait.

                              However, I do notice that when I sleep on my stomach, my eyes (and entire face, really) are very puffy the next day, and the circles under my eyes seem more pronounced. I'll continue to look like I just woke up for hours. This is particularly the case when I use a very flat pillow or no pillow at all.

                              How do you sleep at night? Wait, that didn't come out right. Um....do you sleep on your back, stomach, or side? You might try sleeping on your back or side if you don't already, and keep your head elevated a bit. See if that makes any difference for you.

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