How to Remove Wrinkles Under Eyes

Reviewed on 12/8/2022

11 Ways to Treat Undereye Wrinkles

Middleaged woman looking in mirror at her undereye wrinkles
Treatments to get rid of underye wrinkles include gentle exfoliation, moisturizers, a prescription retinoid applied to the skin, injectable fillers, Botulinum toxin therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling (also called Dermarolling), laser resurfacing, treating allergies, and eating a healthy diet.

Everyone will develop lines and wrinkles under their eyes at some point. Aging is the main cause, though sun exposure and smoking contribute to their development. 

There are several ways to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles under the eyes, such as: 

  • Gentle exfoliation
    • Can create a smoother surface on the skin under the eyes
  • Moisturizers
    • Some take a few weeks of regular use to see results 
    • Others must be used continuously on a daily basis
    • Look for ingredients such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and retinol 
  • Prescription retinoid applied to the skin
  • Injectable fillers
    • There are many different products that can be injected under the eyes to help restore lost fullness to the skin under the eyes and smooth out crow’s feet
  • Botulinum toxin therapy 
  • Chemical peels
    • These remove the upper layer of skin, which helps get rid of wrinkles and fine lines and refreshes skin cells
    • Does not remove very deep wrinkles
  • Microdermabrasion
    • Acts like “sandpaper” to polish off dead skin cells
  • Microneedling (also called Dermarolling) 
    • Tiny needles are rolled on the skin which stimulates collagen production
  • Laser resurfacing
    • There are several types of lasers used and they help stimulate collagen production to firm skin and smooth wrinkles
  • Treat allergies
    • Allergies can cause inflammation and itching around the eyes along with watery eyes, which can result in rubbing or scratching the eyes
    • Treating allergy symptoms can help protect the delicate skin under the eyes 
  • Eat a healthy diet
    • Eat foods with antioxidants such as vitamins C, A, and E to help the skin to form healthy new cells

8 Ways to Prevent Wrinkles

Ways to help prevent wrinkles under the eyes include: 

  • Wear sunscreen every day with an SPF of at least 30
  • Avoid tanning in the sun or using a tanning bed 
  • Moisturize regularly 
  • Test products before use to make sure you don’t have a reaction
  • Use products as directed because active ingredients can do more harm than good when used in excess
  • Don’t use products that sting or burn unless prescribed by a dermatologist
  • Limit the number of products used at the same time to avoid irritation
  • Give products time to work — many can take weeks or months to notice an effect

What Are Symptoms of Wrinkles Under the Eyes?

Symptoms of wrinkles under the eyes may include: 

  • Fine lines or deep creases 
  • Dark circles
  • Puffiness under the eye
  • Crinkling or creping of skin around the tear duct 
  • Sagging skin
  • Crow’s feet 
  • Sunken eyes
  • Pigmentation

What Causes Wrinkles Under the Eyes?

Wrinkles under the eyes are usually a result of the aging process, in which the skin around the eyes becomes thinner and loses elasticity. 

Certain factors can accelerate or increase undereye wrinkles, such as: 

  • Smoking 
  • Sun exposure and tanning bed use
  • Repeated facial movements, including from laughing 
  • Sleeping on the side or stomach
  • Unhealthy diet high in sugars and processed foods
  • Sedentary lifestyle 
  • Genetics 

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Reviewed on 12/8/2022
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