What Causes Eye Bags and Hollow Eyes?

If your eyes appear “hollow” or if they have a swollen, puffy “eye bag” look, you are not alone. These are two common facial developments that affect millions of people over the years, leaving them looking tired, even when they are rested.

The bags under your eyes are the result of weakening tissue supporting your eyelids and around your eyes. Eye bags occur when the fat that supports the eyes moves into the lower eyelids, causing the puffiness you see. Hollow eyes have several causes, including dehydration, smoking, and sleep issues, but one of the most common is aging. As you age the collagen around your eyes starts to diminish, which causes the eyes to appear sunken or hollow.

Prevention tips 
Much of the time, hollow eyes and eye bags are the result of genetics and/or aging, both of which will provide inevitable results. To help slow their eventual appearance, here are just a few things you can do:

Don’t smoke – Collagen and skin elasticity are reduced over time by smoking. These reductions result in sagging skin on the face, which promotes the appearance of hollow eyes and eye bags.

Get plenty of sleep – A lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, creating dark circles that make the eye area appear hollow. Sleep is one of nature’s best healers and one of the best ways to reduce circles and bags around your eyes.

Avoid allergy triggers – Allergies can cause severe reactions around the eyes. Know your allergy triggers and avoid them as much as possible.

Treatments for Hollow Eyes and Eye Bags 
Contrary to popular belief, hollow eyes cannot be corrected through cosmetics, creams, or home remedies such as tea bags, all of which either just mask the problem or provide only temporary relief.

Two options that provide longer, more satisfying results for hollow eyes and eye bags are: 

Fillers – Soft and pliable, synthetic fillers do what they describe by “filling” in your hollow eyes to boost volume and provide the proper balance of stiffness and softness to achieve a natural, revitalized look around your eyes. Two proven fillers for hollow eyes are Restalyne and Juvederm.

Fat grafting – Also known as “fat transfer,” this is a process that removes your own body fat from an area such as the thighs or buttocks and is then injected into the hollow areas under your eyes. It is the same principle as fillers but uses your fat to restore volume and help achieve the same natural-looking result.

 
 
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Acne Prevention and Treatments

If you or a loved one has acne, there may be some comfort in knowing that acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S. Acne affects up to 50 million Americans and while it can occur in anyone, it is most prevalent in teens and young adults.

Approximately 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least minor acne.

Acne is a multifactorial disease, with potential causes including genetics, hormone fluctuation, excess oil production, and bacteria. Other causes may include cosmetic, foods, medications, stress, weather changes, skin sensitivity issues, and allergies. It is therefore obvious that no two acne sufferers are exactly alike, and there is certainly no single cure for this condition. Acne, however, can be kept in check extremely well. At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we strive to provide each acne patient with a truly customized treatment plan.

Here are some tips for preventing acne breakouts and minimizing the appearance of acne:

Keep your face clean – Washing your face at least twice a day will help remove impurities, dead skin, and excess facial oils. Use warm water and rub gently with a mild facial cleanser. Using a cleansing brush such as a Clarisonic is recommended to flush away impurities, ensuring a thorough cleanse, exfoliation, removal of excess oils, and impurities in your pores. Washing with a device will allow for a deeper cleanse than you would with your hands.

Moisturize – Contrary to popular belief, moisturizing can help reduce the appearance of acne by minimizing dryness and flaking, but be sure to use an oil free moisturizer. The acne skin products to use will indicate they are “noncomedogenic,” which means they will not cause or inflame acne.

Use only light make-up – Foundations and powders, for example, can inflame acne. Use as little make-up as possible, remove it at the end of the day, and look for make-up products that are noncomedogenic.

Avoid touching your face – This can irritate inflamed facial skin by introducing bacteria that is on your hands. Even propping your cheek or chin in your hands should be avoided.

Avoid sunlight – The ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun can increase inflammation and redness. And be aware of particular acne medications which may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Here are just a few of the many effective treatments for acne and acne scars:

Microdermabrasion – Polishes away dead cells using amonium oxide crystals. Microdermabrasion is customizable to your needs and tolerance and is most effective when it includes a cleanse, extractions (if needed), hydrating mask, and medical grade finishing products. 

Chemical peels – Peels to treat acne can range from light to deep and can help refresh the appearance of acne skin. A consultation with an experienced esthetician can help determine the peel that is best for you or a loved one.

BLU-U Acne Therapy – A simple treatment that emits special blue light that reacts with the bacteria that causes acne, stimulating the production of “porphyrins” within the clogged pore. Porphyrins act to kill the bacteria present within the pores, thereby reducing inflammation and helping to prevent future breakouts.

Microneedling – A state-of-the-art process that offers great results, without pain, downtime, expense, or thermal damage. Microneedling helps to stimulate your skin’s natural ability to produce new collagen and develop healthier skin while allowing specific topical solutions to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin for optimal rejuvenating results.

It is best to consult on what treatments are best for you, based on your desired goals. Our estheticians can also work with you to create a skin care regimen that is best suited for your skin type.

To prevent acne scarring, avoid “popping” pimples, picking at facial scabs, and make sure to treat the acne eruptions as soon as they occur.