Don’t you hate it when people tell you that you look tired? That is one of my biggest pet peeves. Seasonal allergies don’t help me or other allergy sufferers look bright-eyed and bushy tailed. If you’re not already familiar this the term allergic shiners or allergy wrinkles, keep reading…
According to the American College for Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, “dark circles under the eyes are due to swelling and discoloration from congestion of small blood vessels beneath the skin in this area. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis often produce a combination of gestures and facial features, particularly in children and teens.”
As you can see from my photo above, the discoloration and swelling makes it looks like I’ve been in a fight–every day (no matter how much sleep I get)! Unfortunately, this is something I haven’t outgrown. Good thing there are some decent under-eye concealer out there.
Another interesting facial characteristic in people with allergies is the Dennie-Morgan fold (sometimes called allergic wrinkles). These lines form underneath the lower eyelid, below the lashes. Dr. Christine Franzese says that “allergic inflammation causes congestion in the nose, and this congestion causes poor blood circulation, or “back up” of blood flower in the eye region. This poor blood circulation results in a condition where there is low level of oxygen. It’s thought this low level of oxygen causes a particular eyelid muscle to spasm.” These spasms over time cause the lines. Yes, at the tender age of 28, I hate to say it but I have [allergy] wrinkles! But don’t worry, my darling little nephew also has them at age two.
If you happen to be blessed with either of these facial characteristics you may find some comfort in Benadryl and a cold compress. I have a great eye mask that I keep in the freezer for spring days when my eyes are swollen in the morning. I’ve also discovered (thanks, Google) that hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to “fill in” the Dennie-Morgan fold. I’m not to that point yet, but a few more of the “you look tired” comments might lead me there!
I’m interested to know if you have allergy shiners or wrinkles and what you do to treat them. Let me know by leaving a comment.