Try Clearing Your Sinuses If You Have Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Try Clearing Your Sinuses If You Have Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Dark circles under your eyes can be caused and exacerbated by a number of things, not just lack of sleep. One thing you might not know could cause dark circles: nasal congestion.

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The Mayo Clinic explains the problem and the easy solution:

Extra zzzs may not cure those dark circles under your eyes. One common cause is nasal congestion. When your nose gets congested, veins that usually drain from your eyes into your nose become widened and darker. Rinsing your sinuses with a saltwater solution (mix 1/4 teaspoon sea salt with 2 cups warm water) or over-the-counter saline spray can help relieve nasal congestion, and your dark circles.

It’s something to try, at least, if the area under your eyes is darker than usual.

Dark circles under eyes? Check your nose [Mayo Clinic]


  • $10,000 later, a straighter nose and widened nasal passages, and the dark circles under my eyes are gone!

    More importantly, I can breathe properly and don’t feel hungover every day haha.

    • Was that cosmetic or you had issues breathing/other? Was your nose damaged through trauma or born that way? Did you actually get diagnosed with a specific condition?

      I’ve got fat pads under my eyes (though I’m in relative good shape <12% body fat), and with deep tear troughs, it really makes me look like crap most days. My options are surgery to pull the fat out later, fraxel now to stimulate the area, and/or fillers to pad out the troughs…

      • I was born with a slightly crooked nose, no issues as a kid and you couldn’t even tell visually, but when I hit puberty it all went to hell. Only got it fixed two years ago, luckily just before they canned the tax rebate for medical procedures. My surgeon said I was the first person he’s ever done that much work on who has said they felt instantly better as soon as I woke up. There was that much pressure, that with my nose still bleeding and full of crap to keep them open while they healed, it still felt amazing compared to my stuffed nose before that. Combine hayfever with that pressure I already had, and I think if I ever had a headache as bad as I lived with permanently now I’d take myself straight to hospital. I never knew how bad it was until it was gone, I was used to it.

        My theory is if it’s causing you physical discomfort, go for it ASAP, I could of had mine done 10 years earlier but put it off due to the expense, I should of done it as soon as I stopped growing. If it’s cosmetic might as well do it when you can afford it, but wouldn’t rush it as much.

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