Discoloration Around the Eyes

While black or blue skin below the eyes is commonplace today, even more prevalent is irregularly colored skin near the inner corner of the eyes. Have a look in the mirror; you’re apt to sport colors in this region. It’s your body’s way of communicating important information. Here’s what this means according to traditional Facial Diagnosis and what you can do about it.

Blue (or sometimes black, orange or red) next to the inner eye corners is becoming so common that we even see it in infants, as in photos 1 and 2 below. Is this normal? If we examine photos and art from prior to the 1950s and the advent of the modern diet, we see that facial skin color, a little blush on the cheeks notwithstanding, was uniform for all ages.

Our faces are like a hologram; they reveal information about the whole body, and color near the inner eye corners tells us about our digestion as well as to emotional and physical energy swings. If this type of imbalanced diet continues, it’s a set-up for diabetes. The good news is as you correct these imbalances, your skin will regain its normal color. In my clients’ before and after photos, the discoloration quickly recedes. Yes, while lifestyle and genetics are contributing factors, eating well makes a profound difference in how your face looks.


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In the first two photos, we see bluish colored skin from the inner corner of one eye to the other. As the blue is subtle, magnify your screen to see it. The third photo depicts uniformly colored skin. In infants the blue can extend as a vein across the nose bridge as we see in photo #1. As a baby’s skin becomes more opaque in toddlerhood, these veins become undetectable.

#4. Note the dark skin near the inner eye corners, especially the eye on the left. 

When a baby’s blue vein (sometimes called a “sugar bug”) is more prominent, the more likely she is to have general discomfort, inflammatory conditions such as congestion and earache, and flu-like symptoms. When you see blue, adjust your baby’s diet (and/or if breast-feeding, consult your health-care practitioner and modify your diet accordingly).

Just as children with this discoloration may not feel their best, if you have similar coloration, here’s a chance to be really compassionate with yourself. Despite your best intentions, your energy has not been as steady and abundant as you’d wish. You can change that.

For information, recipes, and menus to realize a balanced diet for yourself and your family, consider my ebook Clean and Free. My free ebook, Read Your Face is a do-it-yourself text on facial diagnosis for health. I also offer Diet and Face Reading Consultations.

What about dark, even black, skin below the eyes, the so-called raccoon-eyes? Skin discoloration and/or bags directly below the eyes reflect the condition of the kidney, bladder, and adrenal systems. With a diet suited to your specific needs and lifestyle modifications, you can regain uniform facial skin color and your health!

May you be well nourished!






6 Responses to Discoloration Around the Eyes

    • Anna, I’m sorry for your scare. Color is an important indicator and I detail what it signifies in my books and blogs. If you wish a consultation with me, then I’ll gladly assist.

  1. I’m trying to figure out why I have so many brown spots on my hands, arms and legs. I eat very healthy, organic. I drink kombucha, eat fermented vegetables, grass fed beef, good chicken and eggs most of the time. Walk almost every day. I am 70.
    I heard that maybe I need to detoxify, could that be so?

    • Carmen, in general brown spots are “liver” spots and come with age. While your diet is “clean” the relevant question is: is it best for your specific needs? If you wish, in a face reading we could identify what’s contributing to the excessive brown spots, how to support your liver and overall balance. It’s quite individual. Detoxing may be part of it, but we also need to identify any staple ingredients that may be problematic.

    • Yes, you can regain normal skin color by stopping doing the things that caused it which, often include: dietary stressors, lack of sleep, substance abuse and stimulant use. Follow the links at the end of this blog to see how.