How does sleep apnea outwardly affect the face and skin?

I recently had a sleep study and I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I have since worn a mask while sleeping for the last month. I also have dark circles under my eyes which have gotten worse since using the mask. Are dark eye circles a symptom of sleep apnea? Will they eventually go away after I continue using the CPAP mask for a long time? How does sleep apnea affect the face and skin?

Doctors Answers (2)

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 1/2/2015 1

Dark circles typically suggest fatigue. You should evaluate if you feel better and are resting well with CPAP. Ideally if you are receiving quality restful sleep not only will you feel better, but look better.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 12/15/2014

Dark circles are not a hallmark of CPAP use. I have never had a patient c/o of this. You should see an ENT doctor for further help. The CPAP mask does not effect the skin and face other than the temporary marks where it touches the face.