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Can Vitamin E alleviate dark circles?

Among the ideas circulating about Vitamin E, this compound is considered effective in combating dark circles. But what is the reality?

The three types of dark circles under the eyes.

Vascular dark circles are characterised by the presence of a concentric circle under the eyes with a bluish or purplish hue, linked to a failure of the blood and lymphatic micro-circulation around the eye contour. The causes of this type of dark circles can be internal and external: lack of sleep, genetic reason, skin ageing.

The brown circles (or pigmented circles) appear as halos present under the eyes of a brown colour, resulting from a hyperpigmentation issue in the area(accumulation of melanin pigments in the superficial layers of the epidermis). They primarily affect individuals with medium to dark skin tones.

The hollow dark circles are V-shaped hollows under the eyes, which can appear black depending on the light. They are caused by a loss of fat between the skin of the lower eyelid and the orbital bone towards the cheekbones, resulting in a loss of volume. The factors are ageing, heredity or even significant weight loss.

Does Vitamin E truly combat dark circles under the eyes?

Although vitamin E has many benefits for the skin, there is virtually no scientific study that proves its effectiveness in reducing dark circles.

Only a 2004 study concluded that a gel containing 2% phytonadione, 0.1% retinol, and 0.1% vitamins C and E was effective in reducing dark circles and wrinkles on the lower eyelids in adults. However, the amount of vitamin E in this gel was too low and, more importantly, this compound was combined with other active ingredients, making it difficult to discern the effectiveness of vitamin E in reducing dark circles in subjects compared to the other ingredients in the gel.


  • MITSUISHI T. & al. The effects of topical application of phytonadione, retinol and vitamins C and E on infraorbital dark circles and wrinkles of the lower eyelids. JCD (2004).


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