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Hirudoid Cream for Dark Circles







Now I know that everyone edits their face photos (however slightly) for the internet, you'd have to be very confident not to, but recently I have been having a little chuckle at people posting photos of their 'dark circles' when I'm sat here looking like I've been punched twice in the face.








I've always suffered from dark circles, I remember them being quite noticeable in Year 7 at school before I found makeup and they've never really got much better. I think a combination of hereditariness (yep that's a word, I googled it), late nights, starting smoking in my teens and dehydration have all taken their toll on my undereyes and at the moment they're a bit of a purpley bluey mess. Having tried every popular concealer/corrector I could afford, I took to some good old makeup and skincare forums to see what I could find out about reducing the darkness rather than covering it up, and I came across a frequent but pretty unusual recommendation- Hirudoid Cream.







Hirudoid Cream is usually used for bruising, inflammation of the veins and ocassionally hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid cream is often a suggested remedy for dark circles and while some do contain anti inflammatories like Hydrocortisone, the main ingredients are usually Balsam Peru, Bismuth Oxide (an astringent and antiseptic) and numbing agents, each of which you wouldn't really want near your eyes.







Hirudoid contains 0.3% Heparinoid which is a locally acting anticoagulant that improves blood flow and shrinks blood vessels to reduce inflammation, swelling and a dark appearance. There is also a similar Heparinoid-containing product called Hiruscar (and Hiruscar Postacne) that aims to lighten dark marks and reduce textured acne scars.






Out of the tube comes a white emollient cream that takes a little while of gently massaging and patting to get it to sink in. The directions say to massage 5-15cm of the cream into the affected area up to 4 times a day. I think even 5cm would be a bit much for my undereyes so usually use a large pea sized amount, and I apply it once or twice a day depending on how dark the area's looking (or if I remember!).






I've been using Hirudoid Cream for over couple of months and definitely notice an improvement in my dark circles, I don't think it's ever going to 'heal' them but I do notice if I forget to apply it for a day or two. I find that the cream lightens the darkness by a few shades and makes the area easier to cover so I don't have to pack on so much concealer. If you get just a small amount of darkness then this cream might be all you need instead of concealer, but because dark circles are generally an ongoing problem I think this needs to be used regularly to see results.



As far as I have researched there isn't a danger in applying Hirudoid Cream to the under eye area regularly as it works locally, although a million years of googling doesn't replace a PhD, so if anyone knows better then do let me know . A lot of creams and lotions must say 'not to be used on eye area' by law, but for a cream like this they can't tell where the affected area is and it also says not to be used on 'ano-genital regions' even though it's a popular hemorrhoid treatment. One of my friends was also recommended this cream for a black eye so I don't personally have any doubts as long as it's used sparingly.




If you're struggling with dark circles and feel like concealers really aren't cutting it, then I recommend trying this cream out to see if it makes a difference. Hirudoid Cream is relatively cheap and you'll find it in most independent chemists in the UK.

Hirudoid Cream is available from pharmacies for around £6. You can purchase from Chemist Direct for £5.99 or you might be able to find it for under £5 on eBay.







38 comments

  1. Great review. I’ve got a big problem with dark circles so this post is of particular interest to me. I don’t really understand how this cream can improve blood flow as it shrinks blood vessels – surely it would reduce blood flow? Since dark circles are caused by visible blood vessels under the skin, I suppose reducing is the effect you are after. Don’t forget, healthy blood vessels and a good blood flow equals a healthy body, so I would use this product with caution. If you come across a brilliant concealer please share – I am yet to find one that totally hides the problem and I am sick of people telling me that I look tired! xXx

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    1. Whoops, thanks for pointing that out. It dilates the blood vessels not shrinks them, will change that bit. I think because bruises etc are caused by pooling blood it helps to get the blood pumping a bit more efficiently. I will do but I haven't found one yet, got a few more on my list to try before embracing the tired look! x

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    2. Actually Kirsty is correct. Mrs oh so xxx has wrong information. This cream actually boost the circulation of the veins and blood in the area and that’s how clears the blood vessels.
      Firstly you will notice a bit of redness and about a week you should be much better. For people talking for months is another mistake because they may have permanent skin deformation(mostly refer to the circles under eyes) and they need a deferent solution. For dark skin and high pigment skins don’t do anything except you have damaged skin.

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  2. I suffer from slight darkness around the eye but my main issue is really puffy bags under my eyes. I drink a lot of water, try to get enough sleep, yadda yadda yadda, but unfortunately I think mine are just as hereditary as your dark circles. Do you think this cream might help the puffiness? Do you suffer from under eye bags as well as darkness? Thanks in advance hun :) love the blog btw xxx

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    1. I don't really get bags as such but do get some puffiness, the kind that's quite obvious when you smile. To be honest I don't really go smiling at myself in the mirror a lot haha but I don't think it's made a dramatic difference to the puffiness. It's more that because the dark bits aren't so dark it makes it look like the circles aren't so deep when I smile, if that makes sense? I think there's no harm trying it though cos it might work well for you x

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  3. This post is an absolute life saver! I use the Bobbi Brown Corrector although its good, I wouldn't say its a miracle product. I can't wait to try this out though!

    Grace x

    http://grace-gibson.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I haven't tried the Bobbi Brown one but find correctors a bit iffy on my skin, I haven't found one that works that well and I think they can sometimes look a bit strange on me haha x

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  4. I'm deffo gonna be trying some of this :) I always have pretty bad black circles under my eyes but they're awful at the minute as I keep not being able to sleep. All of the eyecreams I've tried before have been pretty hopeless so I'm excited to see how I get on with this :)
    Love Holly x

    h-c-style.blogspot.co.uk // h-c-beauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Look at all of us girls with our dark circles! haha. I think we think they look worse than they do to other people though. Really interested to know how people get on with this cream x

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  5. gotta give this a go! came across this by chance, but i'm going to buy it right now.. i've tried so many creams to deal with my acne scars, was even looking at getting http://www.londonpremierlaser.co.uk/sublative.php done, but maybe this is a better solution?

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  6. Kirsty,

    I just wanted to thank you SO much for this blog post. I've always suffered from hereditary dark circles, and as I've aged (now 36), my skin has started to develop a purplish, redish tinge around my eyes that has severely damaged my self-esteem. Hirudoid has made a really big difference. I've also discussed it with my doctor, and she confirms that it's safe to use around the eyes and use long-term.

    I was aware of this product but wouldn't have started using it regularly if not for this blog post. I'm really grateful!

    -M

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    1. Hi Michael, I'm so pleased that this post helped you! I'm suffering with my dark circles badly at the moment too so I will be busting out the cream to use instead of my eye cream, it's great to know that your doctor said it was safe to use long term. I know how much dark under eyes can hurt self esteem so I'm so glad that the hirudoid is making a difference for you.

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