"allergic shiners"

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TinaH's picture
Joined: 13 Nov 2007

I've had dark circles under my eyes almost my whole life. I look back at my kindergarten pictures and see them. Even younger pictures. I only recently heard them referred to as "allergic shiners," and that these should go away if I eliminate the foods I'm sensitive to.

I don't want to get my hopes up. Are there other causes of dark circles (other than the temporary, didn't-sleep-enough kind)? Might mine be permanent since I've had them all my life? (I'm 34.) Up till now I've been told this is thin skin and there's nothing I can do about it.

But maybe I was sensitive to wheat even at 3 years old.

So if it's possible for these dark circles to go away, how long does that take? Just a broad range estimate is good enough. I'm in the middle of week 3 of the program.


tpribors's picture
Joined: 13 Feb 2008
Anything is possible

I had psoriasis for as long as I could remember up until I was in my mid-twenties. At that time (20 yrs ago) I started eating healthier because I had a boyfriend (now husband) who was an athlete. I've never heard of someone who actually got rid of psoriasis like me, but later I've heard that is is related to allergies and the immune system. Maybe I stopped eating something I was allergic to (I gave up soda around the same time), so it's possible for you to see a change like that too. I hope it works out well for you.