Section : Conference Notes

Dark Circles Around The Eyes: Why ? (For Professionals)

Peri-orbital dark circles (DUEC) are a cosmetic concern worldwide and numerous causes and risk factors have been advocated as playing a role:

  • allergy
  • atopic dermatitis
  • blood stasis
  • structural shadowing effects
  • a thinner epidermis/dermis under the eye.
  • Questionnaires were given to 495 Brazilian women and the severity of DUEC was evaluated by a dermatologist. Hyperspectral image analysis was used to determine the relative contribution of melanin, blood volume, degree of tissue oxygen saturation, and dermal scattering.
  • Spectral Imaging showed that melanin was the main component correlated with with DUEC severity.
  • Study Findings:
  1. Average age of onset: 24 years
  2. Severity higher when younger onset
  3. Asthma is highly significantly associated with DUEC score
  4. Allergy, sleep deprivation do NOT play a role in the severity of the condition
  5. Melanin is the main determining factor in the severity of DUEC whereas oxygen is less so.


Dr Christophe HSU – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland

Source of Information: MS Matsui,1 G Vanderover,1 C Ennis,1 C Fthenakis,1 P Bombarda,3 J Bueno,3 B Viscomi,3 M Bombarda3 and S Schalka2,3 1R&D BSR, The Estee Lauder Co’s., Melville, NY, 2Dermatology, Univ. Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil and 3Dermatology, Medcin Clinic, Osasco, Brazil. Peri-orbital dark circles in Brazilian women: Risk factors and hyperspectral image analysis. International Investigative Dermatology (IID) 2013 – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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