4 Surprising Reasons for Under-Eye Bags
You regularly log 7 to 9 hours of sleep, aren't suffering through allergies and puffiness doesn't run in your family. So what gives? One of these culprits could be behind your eye baggage.
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Your skincare routine is going out of bounds.
Retinol, salicylic acid, glycolic acid—all effective ingredients that can improve the look and feel of your complexion. But they can lead to irritation, and when used too close to your delicate eye area, that irritation can lead to bags. You rub to relieve the irritation, and that rubbing creates inflammation, which leads to leaky blood vessels. The fluid that seeps out finds its way to nearby tissue, creating puffiness and bags. Facial cleansing brushes (whether they're manual or electric) can also trigger the problem when used too close to the eyes, says Ellen Marmur, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology and genetics and genomic research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
How to de-puff: Feel the bony area around your eye? That's your orbital bone, and potential irritants or tools shouldn't cross it.
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