Under Eye Hollows

Under eye hollows are relatively benign but often noticeable. The skin under the eyes often take the brunt of the damage after a wild party, or sometimes simply due to the accumulated effects of stress and sleep deprivation. Unfortunately for some people, it is caused largely by genetics.

The area surrounding the eyes are often vulnerable to short-term changes in appearance as the skin is extremely thin. The eye area is often where signs of fatigue show up most prominently and one of the most common signs is the under eye hollow. These can be caused by a number of causes:

  • Genetic predisposition—simply how your facial structure is
  • Aging and loss of volume around the cheeks
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Dehydration, lack of sleep and fatigue, or swelling from oversleeping

The first three causes are unfortunately common with under eye hollows, but if you notice hollows under your eyes after a crazy night at a party, then it’s likely that these were caused by some temporary factors due to the sudden change in lifestyle factors.


Dehydration is a common problem. Many people don’t drink enough water, and many people also take their water in the form of coffee or alcohol, which has the unfortunate effect of taking away some of the water.

  • Dehydration is very common. Many people are chronically dehydrated without even knowing. By the time you feel thirsty, you are more dehydrated than you should be.
  • Take a conscious effort to drink more water. Water is the best way to rehydrate. Not coffee, not juice, but water.
  • Enjoy the parties, and the fun times, but allow your body to recover.
  • Comfort food isn’t just high in calories. It’s usually loaded with salt. Make sure that you have an extra glass of water that your body needs after eating high sodium foods.


For the party-goers, sleep is usually first up on the chopping block. Lack of sleep can add up though, and baggy eyes are one of the noticeable symptoms.

  • Even mild sleep loss can result in baggy eyes or dark circles under the eyes.
  • The effect is temporary, but can worsen if the sleep deprivation continues.
  • Sleep debt adds up, and if combined with alcohol and consumption of unhealthy foods, the body can revolt in unpleasant ways.

Celebrated medical and cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Shannon Humphrey talks about under eye hollows, and explains some possible treatments for people who have this concern, not temporarily but chronically.