Broken Capillaries

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Broken Capillaries

Broken blood vessels on the face are enlarged blood vessels that occur just beneath the surface of the skin. The resulting red, web-shaped appearance gives them their common name, spider veins. Spider veins are commonly found on the face or legs, though they may appear anywhere on the body. Other than their appearance, spider veins do not cause any other symptoms

Broken blood vessels on the face can develop in anyone at any age, but some people may have a higher chance of developing them than others.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Genes: People whose family members experience spider veins are more likely to have them, too.
  • Sun exposure: Sun damage can enlarge the blood vessels and draw them closer to the skin.
  • Changes in weather: Drastic changes in the weather may affect the circulation in the body, causing the skin in the face to flush. The blood vessels may burst, causing a spider vein.
  • Changes in pressure: Sudden, extreme changes in pressure may cause small broken blood vessels to appear. An exceptionally hard sneeze or vomiting can cause this change in pressure.
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancy may also cause broken blood vessels. Pregnancy-related spider veins usually disappear after giving birth.
  • Environmental irritants: Exposure to certain chemicals or environmental pollutants may damage the skin and make blood vessels more visible.
  • Rosacea: This is a common condition that causes the skin to become flushed and red due to enlarged veins. People with rosacea often experience spider veins.
  • Alcohol consumption: Alcohol can dilate the blood vessels temporarily. Frequent alcohol consumption may lead to longer-lasting broken blood vessels and redness on the face.
  • Injuries: Head injuries that cause bruising may also cause broken blood vessels. In this case, the blood vessels will often heal as the bruise does
  • Avoid extreme heat: Very high temperatures from spas, saunas, or hot weather may dilate the blood vessels and increase the chances of spider veins appearing.
  • Limit sun exposure: Wearing sunscreen, a hat, and long layers of clothing can help reduce the chances of spider veins from sun damage. It may also help to avoid the sun during peak hours in the middle of the day if living in a hot area.
  • Wear protection: Protective gear may help avoid spider veins caused by injury. Examples include facemasks and helmets for baseball, cycling, or riding a motorcycle.
  • Avoid vasodilators: Vasodilators cause vessels to fill with blood and may make spider veins more noticeable. Common vasodilators include caffeine, spicy foods, and alcohol. Even moderate alcohol drinking can cause redness and broken blood vessels in some people.

Unfortunately, seeing as it is damage to the capillaries directly beneath the surface of the skin, topical skincare won’t actually get rid of broken capillaries. Using soothing, anti-redness products can help to bring down the intensity of the redness, but it is more of a short term solution. Photo Corrective gel and Phyto Corrective Mask and Redness Neutralizer is great for bringing down redness.  The main treatment we offer for broken capillaries on the face is BBL. If you are looking for spider vein removal on the legs, then laser treatment would be the solution. More on spider veins here: Spider Veins and LightSheer Laser Vein Removal

BBL works to dissolve the capillary via heat, which sounds painful, but mostly, it would be considered mildly uncomfortable.  BBL can take about 30 minutes and for the most part, you just need to allow the area to cool down and you can go straight back to your normal life. For a few days to a week, the broken blood vessel or capillary will actually be darker, but you can safely cover it with mineral makeup until it is completely gone.

It’s also possible that you’ll see some temporary swelling or redness (edema and erythema, in technical terms).  More on BBL Photorejuvenation here BBL Photorejuvenation

Another option to help clear broken capillaries is ThermoClear. Treating skin irregularities has never been easier!  We can remove unwanted capillaries and cherry angiomas with the power of radio frequency and ThermoClear RF.  The advantages are minimal scabbing, treatment only on skin imperfection, quick treatment lasting only a few seconds and minimal discomfort.

 

Vitamin C is to collagen as water is to plants – our body needs vitamin C to produce collagen, and collagen is what keeps our blood vessels strong, healthy and resistant to stretching and collapse. Extreme heat, extreme wind, sunburn, change in weather conditions, exercise and having a few tipples are notorious culprits for broken capillaries, because they cause dilation and contraction of the blood vessels, leading to them become weaker. We carry Vitamin C products that can be incorporated in your skin care routine

 

In some cases, home remedies may help prevent or reduce the appearance of broken blood vessels on the face.

Home remedies are usually safe and do not cause any side effects, but it is a good idea to test new products on a small patch of skin 24 hours in advance of doing a full facial treatment to rule out any adverse reactions.

It is best to discuss home remedies with a doctor when taking medication, or undergoing medical treatments.

Avoiding using hot water

The face is delicate, and excess heat may lead to broken blood vessels. It is essential to avoid using hot water when washing the face.

Using cold or warm water to wash the body and face may help avoid damage to the blood vessels.

Cold compress

A simple cold compress, such as an ice pack or bag of frozen peas, can be applied to the face after sun or heat exposure. The cold may help reduce the appearance of burst blood vessels in the face.

Arnica oil

Arnica oil or products containing arnica may help reduce the appearance of spider veins. The oil may cause an allergic reaction in some people, so it is important to test it out on a small patch of skin first and report any side effects to a dermatologist. Arnica products are available to buy in natural food stores, drug stores, or online.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar may act like an astringent in the face, pulling the skin tight to reduce redness. This may help with the appearance of spider veins in some people. Dabbing a cotton ball in vinegar and applying it to the area may help reduce the signs of burst blood vessels in the face.

Witch hazel

Witch hazel is a natural astringent that may help reduce the appearance of spider veins. Witch hazel contains tannins, which have antioxidant properties and may help pores look smaller. Witch hazel is available to buy from many health food stores, pharmacies, or online

Aloe vera

The gel from an aloe vera plant may be helpful in treating skin redness. Research has found that aloe vera could reduce redness like a medicinal cream (hydrocortisone) but also dried out the skin cells. People choosing to use aloe vera on the skin should be sure to moisturize after each use.

Vitamin C

Taking Vitamin C supplements may help reduce the appearance of broken blood vessels on the face. One study noted that vitamin C plays a key role in keeping the blood vessels healthy. Vitamin C may help blood vessels stay elastic and keep collagen in the cells.

Herbs

Research has found that many herbs may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. While these herbs have not been directly tested on spider veins, they may help support treatment in some cases.

Herbs that may be used on spider veins include:

  • sage
  • calendula
  • oat
  • yarrow
  • marshmallow root
  • chamomile

Methods we use to treat

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