Broken blood vessels are also called “spider veins” or telangiectases, which is their official medical name. They’re not dangerous to your health at all, but they are considered to be highly unaesthetic. Broken blood vessels in the face region are difficult to put up with, especially when you’re always having to cover them up with foundation or powder. But, instead of covering them up all the time, how about trying some home remedies? We have listed here for you some of the best broken blood vessels on face treatments available out there, easy to make in the privacy of your own house.
First of all, as we all know, prevention is always better than a cure. Therefore, it’s good to know what are some of the causes of spider veins at face level and what you could do to prevent them from appearing on your face.
- Prolonged exposure to the sun is the primary source of broken blood vessels in face regions. Sunburn itself is one of causes. Sunburn actually means that thousands of little blood vessels all over your skin are bursting because they’ve been exposed to direct sunlight for too long. It feels warm and it turns red because those vessels rush blood towards the surface of the skin in order for it to help with the healing process. It usually lasts for 3 to 5 days, but the damages are permanent. And specific areas will be affected again and again, like on your face, the main results being spider veins.
- Acne is another source. The irritation or inflammation caused by a bad case of acne, such as rosacea acne leads to excess dilation of the skin’s blood vessels, which are never able to return to their normal, initial state again.
- Aggressive hygiene is also a cause of spider veins. For example, using very harsh cleaning products on the face’s fragile skin or scrubbing it too hard, causes the vessels to explode.
- Alcoholism is one of the most well-known factors causing blood dilation. Alcoholics usually have spider veins all over their face.
- Other factors can be taken into consideration as well, although on a much smaller scale, such as hormones, age or genetics.
Now that you’ve seen what causes broken blood vessels on face levels, you can start the battle against spider veins by reducing the alcohol intake, using high SPF sun lotion, making sure your facial hygiene is not more aggressive than it should be and using the correct products for each skin type.
Unfortunately, there is no medical cure for spider veins. They cannot be made to go away or be shrunken medically, but there are ways in which you can conceal them, make them better blend in with your complexion or keep them in control at all times, so that they don’t show as much. Here they are.
1. Make up
Probably the best idea regarding how to get rid of broken blood vessels on face is make up and, more importantly, concealer. If the broken veins are minimal or in a not so obvious place on your face, you can always use some concealer to hide them away. Use the green one to counteract redness, as it will work much better than the skin-colored one. Blend it in with your normal foundation and then apply loose powder for a natural finish. Don’t forget about blush, illuminator, bronzer or highlighter for specific parts of your face, which will draw attention away from your problematic area.
It’s very important here that you know your basic differences between green, yellow and pink concealer. Green is for redness, acne and spider veins, yellow evens out the tones, so it needs to be used in areas of the face that need equalizing and pink is for the dark blue or purplish areas on your face, like spots or circles under your eyes. You can search for images on how to properly apply it on the internet.
2. Vitamin C and Lysine
This is a home remedy most people suffering from spider veins swear by. Vitamin C is, of course, one of the most used and coveted ingredients in skin care products. It helps in the anti-aging battle and it gives you a brighter, healthier, skin. Vitamin C has been known to reduce the appearance of red or brown spots as well as other damages to the skin caused by the sun, reduce inflammation and irritation and improve the skin’s natural healing processes. In this way, it helps fade post-breakout red marks, which is exactly what you need when it comes to spider veins.
Lysine, on the other hand, is an essential amino-acid who works wonders in combating skin afflictions. Acne, pimples, redness, even frostbite, they’re all cured after a treatment with L-Lysine. You can find it in your local drugstores and in comes in the shape of pills which you can add to your daily diet. Combining the two, Vitamin C and L-Lysine seems like a match made in heaven for our skin.
3. Grapeseed oil
It’s a household item that acts as a very deep moisturizer. It can treat acne, because it has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, it can tighten the skin, because of its astringent qualities which close up the pores, it relieves dark circles around the eyes, it fights aging by helping the skin’s natural elasticity and it moisturizes without clogging the pores and causing pimples. It also helps heal the skin. So it sounds like a wonder product, probably already waiting for you in your kitchen cupboard, to try.
The way to apply it is simple. Juts rub it gently on your face using your hands. Use just a tiny quantity at first and add some more along the way should you feel the need. You can also dab it under your eyes with a cotton ball. Another home-made way of using it is to mix it with whipped butter and apply it all over your body as a treatment against the harsh winter cold and wind.
4. Aloe Vera
The link between aloe vera and beautiful and healthy skin has been known and used for a very long time. This wondrous all natural product prevents aging, it moisturizes the skin in a way that no cream can, it reduces acne and helps fight against redness and blemishes, it reduces tan and helps a lot with sunburn as well as the fact that it heals external wounds and removes insect bites.
It is commonly found in many cosmetic and skin hygiene products. But you can also prepare some yourself, at home, as follows:
- For anti-aging – mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel with ½ teaspoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon instant oatmeal. Apply the paste to your face, keep it for 30 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
- For moisturizing – use the aloe leaf as it is.
- For acne – mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with 2 or 3 drops of lemon juice. Massage this mixture gently into your skin and leave it overnight to dry.
- For sunburns – break off a few aloe vera leaves and apply the cold gel directly to the skin.
Aloe vera can also be used in hair care treatments, because it reduces dandruff and it conditions and helps repair the hair.
5. Horse chestnut seed extract
It is also known as Conkers or Buckeye and there are actual studies performed on this amazing plant extract that show its efficiency against varicose and spider veins. It has a component called Aescin that treats them both, fights against venous insufficiency and helps with the integrity of the capillaries. This means it reduces the cause of the problem to begin with, which is capillaries bursting out and causing the ugly redness in the skin we so much despise.
There are several ways in which you can use horse chestnut extract in order to maximize its efficiency.
- Mix it with grapeseed oil in a 1 to 1 ratio, gently massage it into your skin or just the affected area if you so desire and leave it overnight. In the morning you can wipe it off with a clean dry cotton towel or wash it away very gently with warm water and your usual face cleaning bar.
- You can also replace the grapeseed oil with Rosehip Oil, Kiwi, Extra Virgil Olive Oil, Calendula, Comfrey or Arnica Oil, which all have more or less the same effects.
There are many home remedies dealing with broken capillaries at the face level. Luckily, most of them are very cheap and very easy to acquire. Nonetheless, you should always remember that it is better to prevent then to spend ages to try and rid yourself of something, that’s my opinion. Apart from that, prevention is very easy as well:
- always wear sunscreen
- always wear a hat or a scarf
- keep in mind you can get sunburned in winter as well
- tie a scarf around your face and neck because the wind causes damages too
- say no to excessive alcohol and, in particular, red wine, which is said to cause most inflammation
- avoid extreme temperatures, both in the cold and the heat
- bathe and wash your face with lukewarm water, never too cold, never too hot
- keep the thermostat in your house balanced, not letting the temperature rise and fall too often
- make sure you choose the appropriate make up and cosmetics for your face.
Alice grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in California, though she likes to visit home frequently. She graduated from a marketing specialist degree and worked at the core of outreach teams for more than 5 years.