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Understanding Eyebags vs. Dark Undereyes: Differences and Treatments

The delicate skin around our eyes is often the first to show signs of fatigue, stress, and aging. Two common concerns are dark undereyes and eyebags – both can make us look tired and older than we feel. Understanding the difference between these conditions and knowing the best treatments can help us maintain a youthful and refreshed appearance.

Causes of Dark Undereyes and Eyebags

This is a condition also known as periorbital hyperpigmentation, and can be caused by several factors, including genetics, aging, and lifestyle choices. The skin under the eyes is thin and can easily show blood vessels and dark tissue beneath it. Other contributors include:

Dark circles can be hereditary, passed down through generations.

As we age, skin loses collagen and thins, making blood vessels more visible.

Lack of sleep, poor diet, and excessive sun exposure can exacerbate dark circles.

Conditions like eczema or allergic rhinitis can cause dark undereyes due to constant rubbing and inflammation.

Unlike dark undereyes, eyebags are primarily a result of fluid retention, fat displacement, and skin laxity. Factors contributing to eyebags include:

With age, the muscles and tissues supporting the eyelids weaken, leading to sagging.

Fluid Retention
Salt intake, hormonal changes, and certain medical conditions can cause the body to retain water, leading to puffiness around the eyes.

Lack of Sleep
Insufficient sleep can cause fluid to build up in the lower eyelids.

Lifestyle Factors
Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and high salt diets can contribute to the development of eyebags.

Differences Between Dark Undereyes and Eyebags

While dark undereyes and eyebags may seem similar, they are distinct conditions:

Dark undereyes manifest as darkened skin beneath the eyes, while eyebags appear as puffy, swollen areas under the eyes.

Dark undereyes are primarily due to pigmentation or visible blood vessels, whereas eyebags are related to fluid retention, fat displacement, and skin laxity.

The treatment approaches for each condition differ significantly, focusing on pigmentation and blood flow for dark undereyes and on reducing puffiness and firming the skin for eyebags.

Effective Skincare Products for Dark Undereyes

Addressing dark undereyes involves using products that target pigmentation, promote collagen production, and enhance overall skin health. Here are some top recommendations:

CALECIM Professional Serum

This product is packed with the highest concentration of PTT-6®, delivering unparalleled results. It maintains the skin’s youthful vitality, effectively combating fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Seamlessly complementing your daily skincare regimen, it optimises your glow and is a must-have for both clinical and at-home treatments, enhancing skin repair and renewal. Transform your skin with this exceptional serum and embrace a brighter, more radiant you!

CALECIM Recovery Night Complex

This overnight skincare marvel hydrates deeply with the power of hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate. Wake up to a brighter, more radiant complexion as this product calms inflammation and repairs and rejuvenates your skin while you sleep. Experience the magic and say hello to a flawless, age-defying you. Discover the secret to morning-after radiance today!

LE NORDET Age-Defying Skin Glowing Moisturising Cream

This multi-purpose Face & Neck Day/Night Cream is a true game-changer. Its potent formula deeply hydrates and regenerates the skin’s protective barrier, leaving you with naturally healthy, radiant, and smooth-looking skin. Packed with powerful natural key ingredients, it provides instant and long-lasting hydration, boosts skin brightness for a radiant glow, protects against external aggressions, and promotes a natural anti-aging and lifted appearance.


This light and ultra-luxurious Vitamin-C serum provides instant skin brightening, reduces skin pigmentation, and stimulates new collagen. It acts as a powerful anti-oxidant, reducing inflammation and defending the skin against environmental assaults. The result is smooth, radiant skin with enhanced complexion and elasticity.

In-Clinic Treatments

For those seeking more immediate and dramatic results, professional in-clinic treatments are highly effective for both dark undereyes and eyebags. At Dermstétiq Clinic the number of sessions or amount of product used is specifically for each patient’s unique needs and goals.


This is a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin. It is particularly effective for eyebags, as it stimulates collagen production and improves skin laxity. The ultrasound energy targets deep layers of the skin, providing a natural-looking lift and reducing the appearance of puffiness.


Juvederm is a dermal filler that can address both dark undereyes and eyebags. For dark undereyes, Juvederm can fill in hollow areas, reducing shadows and giving the under-eye area a smoother, more even appearance. For eyebags, Juvederm can add volume to the skin, reducing the appearance of puffiness and sagging. The results are immediate and can last up to a year.

Understanding the difference between dark undereyes and eyebags is crucial for choosing the right treatment. While lifestyle changes and skincare products can significantly improve these conditions, professional in-clinic treatments offer more immediate and long-lasting results. Whether you opt for the PTT-6® Power Serum or a Juvederm treatment, the key is to find a solution that works best for your unique needs. With the right approach, you can achieve a youthful, refreshed, and radiant look.

By incorporating these products and treatments into your routine, you can tackle dark undereyes and eyebags effectively, ensuring you always look your best. Embrace the journey to brighter, more youthful eyes today!

At Dermstétiq Clinic, Dr. Tan Hui Suan and her team are committed to providing personalised care and expert advice to address a wide range of dermatological concerns. Whether it’s acne, hyperpigmentation, premature aging, or other skin issues, their comprehensive approach ensures patients receive the best possible treatments tailored to their unique needs. By staying informed and proactive about skin health, patients can achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy skin.

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