Why Do We Get Eye Bags?

After a late night or a good cry, anyone can experience bags under their eyes. But for some of us, the bags last long after the tears have dried. For some people, the bags appear puffy and swollen. For others, they are simple rolls of excess skin beneath the eyes. Typically, under-eye bags are nothing to be concerned about, but they can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. They can also be signs of some unhealthy habits that you should consider changing. In this article by LightTouch Med Spa, we will talk about why people get under eye bags, and how they can be treated. Read on for more information.

 What are some common causes of why we get bags under our eyes?

Some of the main causes of under eye bags include:

Sleep Issues:

When you sleep, fluids settle in the tissues beneath your eyes. Get too much sleep and the bags under your eyes will look swollen. Getting too little sleep can cause your blood vessels to leak and mix with those fluids, leading to dark circles.

Tobacco Use:

The nicotine in tobacco disrupts your natural sleep patterns, which can cause fluids to collect beneath your eyes. Smoking also produces substances that break down the elasticity of the skin and the collagen that helps keeps skin firm.

Alcohol Use:

Although alcohol is a liquid, it dehydrates the body. When you are dehydrated, the skin under your eyes becomes flabby and weak, causing bags to form.


As you age, muscles and tissues weaken, and the fat that naturally supports the eyes can sink to the area beneath your eyes, making them appear swollen. Fluids can also collect in the area.


Some people are simply prone to having under-eye bags because it runs in the family. If your mom or dad had them, chances are you will too.

Too Much Sun:

Sun exposure can damage skin cells and the collagen that keeps the skin beneath your eyes firm.

How can we improve the look of under eye bags?

While it’s not always possible to eliminate under-eye bags, you may be able to improve the look of them by trying the following:

Get More Sleep:

Get the proper amount of sleep for your age. Your entire body may feel better as a result. Adding an extra pillow may help fluid drain away from your eyes.

Stop Smoking and Drink Less Alcohol:

It’s simple, but not easy: quit smoking. Reduce the look of under-eye bags by reducing the amount of alcohol you consume. Even better, drink water instead, which can help smooth the skin beneath your eyes.

Reduce Sun Exposure:

Use sunscreen as directed. Use the right amount, as often as suggested, and limit the amount of time you spend in direct sunlight. You can also wear sunglasses and a hat to help protect the skin beneath your eyes.

Age Gracefully:

We can’t fight time, but it is possible to lessen its effects by following healthy habits and consulting a cosmetic professional when needed. At LightTouch Med Spa, we offer our patients  variety of different treatments that can help them diminish the look of under eye bags. These treatments can include: laser skin resurfacing, fillers, or chemical peels.

So, why do we get eye bags? The answers seem to be very wide spread. However, one thing is for certain, you can seek treatment for your under eye bags at LightTouch Med Spa! For more information about our treatments for under eye bags, or for information about our other cosmetic services, please feel free to continue browsing through our website. Click here to find our contact information and to fill out our contact form.



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