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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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:
- marshmallow root