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    Hi guys, this is a bit of a long shot but i inherited very thin skin under my eyes so that i always look tired and ill, it is the most annoying thing ever and completely undermines my confidence and happiness to an extent
    I was sort of hoping that going primal would thicken my skin sort of because i read that healthy skin is thicker, also blood vessels should get stronger because of the protein and extra energy (which i have yet to achieve) and so i might look a lot healthier
    Does anyone have any advice other than make up? I started taking CLO and thought last night it had helped but woke up this morning to the same tired ugly eyes
    I would sell my soul to the devil without a second thought to just thicken the skin under my eyes my a quarter of a millimetre!!!
    If man made it, don't eat it

  • #2
    I don't have any solutions for you, but I'll commisserate! I have the same thing and it's annoying. I've had it diagnosed as everything from "eye strain" from wearing glasses and working on a computer all day long, to "allergy eyes" (even though I have it just as bad at times when I'm not having an allergy flare).

    So you're not alone, at least!
    --
    Half-assed Primal on and off for a couple years. Started back in earnest in January 2012.
    Leptin Reset started 2/29/12
    5'11" - Female - 32 Y/O
    HW: 410+ SW: 375 CW: 340-ish
    goals acheived thus far: Have ditched high-blood pressure medicine, was able to comfortably fit into a plane seat for my vacation in August 2012.

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    • #3
      Some vitamin deficiencies cause thin/dark under eye skin, I think vit B, but I'm not 100% sure if that's the right letter or that it was vit D. Maybe worth looking into that?

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      • #4
        Some of it is genetic. The connective tissues loosen and your facial muscles and ligaments, etc. drop to reveal the fat below. Some say facial exercises can help restore the tone of those tissues and lift the face back over the fat. I don't have the issue, but I've spent countless hours of my life smiling about nothing so my face is pretty buff. And wrinkly, but not saggy. Yet.
        Crohn's, doing SCD

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shamia View Post
          Some vitamin deficiencies cause thin/dark under eye skin, I think vit B, but I'm not 100% sure if that's the right letter or that it was vit D. Maybe worth looking into that?
          Yes, B12 deficiency can cause undereye circles. You could get your levels checked (they should be 550 minimum and 1000-1300 is a better range). If they're low, you could get hydroxocobalamin or methylcobalamin injections or take high-dose sublingual methylcobalamin lozenges.

          To a degree, thin skin is genetic. Long-term retinol may help thicken the skin. Here is a remedy for a gelatin mask that is popular on a beauty forum that I frequent. Gelatin is said to be high in vit. K.
          http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum...=522445#522445
          http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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          • #6
            I have a little of the dark circle thing and my B-12 level was 1,400!

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            • #7
              I've had this problem for as long as I can remember. Not just under my eye, but an even darker purple that goes up on either side of my nose. Once someone asked me if I had a black eye... I've decided to just accept it, but it also doesn't really bother me much.

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              • #8
                I agree with the heredity part. My eyes are deep set and have always been dark, kind of like natural eye shadow, I'm also olive skinned. East Indians seem to also have the dark eye circles.

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                • #9
                  This has nothing to do with diet/nutrition but you could try Retin-A. It won't help with dark circles directly but it will help with thin skin, which could help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Retin-A causes the thin upper layers of skin to slough off and promotes the growth of thicker new skin.

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                  • #10
                    Do you have food allergies? Allergies can cause really deep shadows under the eyes, looks like you never get to sleep.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dave RN View Post
                      I have a little of the dark circle thing and my B-12 level was 1,400!
                      If your B12 was high it's a good indication that you are not processing your B12 into its active and usable form so it's just floating around your blood stream not getting into the tissues. I'm guessing you were taking an ordinary supplement with the inactive B12 form, cyanocobalamin? You could try switching to the active sublingual methylcobalamin form.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Comma View Post
                        Do you have food allergies? Allergies can cause really deep shadows under the eyes, looks like you never get to sleep.
                        +1 I've heard dairy and wheat are a big culprit for dark circles under eyes.

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                        • #13
                          I have had the dark circles since I graduated high school. I agree, gluten appears to be a big trigger for me. They have gotten better, but haven't gone away, and I notice an almost immediate increase in darkness after some wheat/gluten 'sneaks' into my diet.

                          I'll keep plugging away on the diet, but this thread prompted a google search. Looks like some folks have had success with cool green tea bag application, as well as topical almond oil application. I am going to give these a go and hope to see some improvements (I'll report back). There were dozens of 'natural' solutions but these are two things I already have on hand. Also, neti pots and some yoga poses! Ah, google.

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                          • #14
                            The traditional Chinese medicinal wisdom is that dark circles under your eyes are a sign of liver problems. Your liver does its best detox work during a certain cycle of sleep, so poor sleep can lead to the circles, as well as toxins that your liver isn't processing out.

                            My wife's dark circles are rare these days, where it used to be every day she had them. Keep eating clean, be nice to your liver, and get plenty of sleep and they might reduce themselves to a manageable level.

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