5 Dermatologists Share the Best Eye Creams for Dark Circles, Plus Other Remedies

On a good day, a passerby probably wouldn't notice my dark circles. On a bad one… Let's just say that I've had multiple strangers approach me asking if I was okay because the purple puffiness under my eyes misleadingly indicated tears. Unsurprisingly, this has been my greatest skincare baggage (mind the pun)—especially because under-eye bags are rumored to be genetic, so I have no control over what they look like. That's why I decided it was time to ask a few specialists and get to the bottom of what causes dark circles, and if possible, how to get rid of them with a simple over-the-counter cream.

If you've been on a similar hunt, you're in the right place. We reached out to five leading dermatologists to share their expertise with us, Cindy Yoo Soon Bae, MD; David Shafer, MD, FACS, of Shafer Plastic Surgery; Francesca Fusco, MD; Dendy Engelman, MD; and Melissa K. Levin, MD, who is also a clinical instructor at NYU Langone and Mount Sinai Hospital. Here, they explain the potential causes of dark circles, offer lifestyle shifts and healthy habits that can help reduce them, and tell us how to find the best eye creams for dark circles.

Read through their comprehensive cheat sheet below, and then find the best eye creams to treat and reduce dark circles.