Broken capillaries: What are they and how do you get rid of them?
Broken capillaries, otherwise known as those annoying red, spidery-looking lines typically found around the nose and mouth look intimidating but are in fact very common. Often confused with acne scars, an air of mystery surrounds these angry splotches.
But what does it mean if you have broken capillaries, and more importantly how do you get rid of them? For everything you need to know about them, including how to prevent these red marks, keep reading.
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What causes broken capillaries?
While generally harmless, there’s no denying that spider veins can hinder your self-confidence. Commonly found around the nose, mouth and on the cheeks, they can be caused by a range of factors but one of the most common is sun damage. Overtime the sun’s rays can thin the skin and make blood vessels more apparent.
Broken capillaries can also arise after any sort of skin trauma or injury to the skin, including when you pop a pimple too aggressively, or when over exfoliating with harsh scrubs. A forceful sneeze can even result in them. Crazy, huh?
Everything from taking hot showers to fluctuating temperatures, eating spicy food and drinking alcohol can result in dilated blood vessels too.
Genetics play a huge part, with fair-skinned people being more susceptible to broken blood vessels, and those with rosacea, acne and sensitivity.
How do you get rid of broken capillaries?
Unfortunately there is no easy at-home fix; the only real way to treat them is with professional help, namely laser treatments. IPL (intense pulsed light) works to reduce the appearance of broken vessels along with improving the skin’s texture and tone.
Some clinics that offer laser treatments for broken capillaries include Caci, Skin Institute, Clinic 42 and About Face. It pays to do your research and consider if this treatment is right for you – something to note is that this treatment isn't suitable for darker skin.
How do you prevent broken capillaries?
Of course the best way to tackle broken capillaries is to avoid forming them in the first place. While it can be tough to avoid them completely if you are predisposed, take these measures to prevent developing broken capillaries.
Use a good sunscreen: Make sure to use a broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen and reapply regularly. Generally avoid tanning or laying out in the sun for too long.
Don't over exfoliate: Exfoliation can really aggravate sensitive complexions, not to mention fuel broken blood vessels. Avoid physical exfoliators and opt for gentle chemical exfoliator instead.
Cleanse gently: Rather than using hot or cold water to wash your face, always clease with lukewarm water.
Use soothing skincare: Sensitive skin prone to redness will benefit from skincare with gentle, cooling and hydrating properties. Simplicity is key.
Don't pop or pick: Remember one of the most common causes of broken capillaries? Picking at your skin. Avoid popping pimples and get a professional to extract them instead.
Do you have broken capillaries or sensitivity? How do you care for your skin?