Although they are known for healing on their own, broken capillaries are still aesthetically unpleasing and can hurt as well. Luckily for all of us, there exists a series of simple and pleasant home remedies to speed along the healing process. Apart from that, there are a few things you can do to help prevent capillaries from breaking ever again, be it on your face or anywhere on your body. We have listed here the best remedies for broken capillaries which you can start using immediately. And the best part is that most of the ingredients required are already sitting in your kitchen cupboard.
What causes broken capillaries?
To both cure and prevent broken capillaries it’s important to understand the process lying just underneath your skin that leads to them. Here are the basics on how this condition appears in many people and the types you can usually encounter.
Broken capillaries tend to appear and be visible at the surface of the skin when clots form in the blood vessels. Simply put, the clots increase the pressure in the blood vessel. Not having been designed for increased pressure, the vessels break. The redness that you tend to see at the surface of the skin is actually blood spilling from the capillaries. This is also the reason the skin appears reddish in color. It can happen in both capillaries and major blood vessels.
When the process occurs inside capillaries, it’s not dangerous, seeing as these vessels are usually thinner than a strand of hair even. However, blood clots in arteries that make them burst open are a severe and dangerous condition, for which you should see your physician.
Broken vessels don’t occur only at skin level or under it. They also tend to happen at eye level, for example, giving you the red-eye you must have seen from time to time, as well as at organ-level, inside the body. They can rupture because of trauma as well, not just because of blood clots. This is when they are most painful and represent a condition to which aged people are more prone than others.
An interesting fact is that broken blood vessels tend to happen more in women than men. For example, women suffer from a higher occurrence because they remove their hair and use tanning beds. Waxing and IPL hair removal procedures, as well as artificial tanning cover women in broken capillaries. Pregnancy is at fault here too.
Rosacea can happen at any given age although its frequency increases as time passes. The skin loses its flexibility, and the capillaries become stiffer than they should be. Some other reasons that cause broken capillaries are improper hygiene, for example scrubbing your skin too hard with rough fabrics, such as harsh washcloths, bathing in very hot or cold water or exposing the skin to direct sunlight without protection and for far too long.
How many types of broken vessels are there?
There are two types of broken capillaries, both visible on the surface of the skin.
- The purplish welt, which may appear as a bruise
- The reddish spot, which appears right underneath the skin and seems to be a red spreading.
The best remedies for broken capillaries
As mentioned above, broken capillaries can be treated at home, using ingredients and methods at hand to remove them. Here are the best.
#1. Essential oils
Such essential oils as rose or chamomile have a soothing effect on the skin and, although they will not fix the vessel in itself, they will help reduce the redness it caused. The recipe is simple – combine 10 drops of essential rose or chamomile oil with 4 or 5 ounces of your favorite moisturizer. Rub it on the affected skin area 2 to 3 times a day. Make sure the oils are 100 percent pure. Otherwise, they will not have the desired effect. Also, when rubbing the moisturizer into the skin, use light movements, so as not to break any more capillaries in the process.
#2. Cold compresses
Cold items pressed against an injury or bruise are known to reduce redness and swelling, which makes them perfect for broken capillaries as well. You can lightly press an ice pack or a washcloth dipped in ice-cold water on the affected area as lightly as you can. This home remedy will help with the pain as well as with the redness itself.
#3. Vitamins C and K
Another thing which you can do at home to treat the redness caused by broken capillaries is to use Vitamins C and K. Look for moisturizers enriched with these two vitamins. Try to find separate ones. First, apply the Vitamin C cream and leave it for 5 minutes or so. Then apply the Vitamin K one and leave it overnight.
Vitamin K will help heal the blood vessels and keep them from bursting open again. Apart from that, seeing as its main benefit is to help the blood coagulate, it will not allow it to spill into the neighboring skin cells. This means far less redness that you can observe with the naked eye.
#4. Introducing anti-coagulants into your diet
This remedy helps fight against blood clots in broken capillaries which may turn dangerous. Anti-coagulants are actually blood-thinners whose primary role is to stop platelets from joining and forming clots. Platelets or thrombocytes are small and colorless blood cells that clump together into plugs. They are supposed to cover loose ends of broken vessels so as to stop unnecessary blood loss.
There are certain foods and supplements rich in anticoagulants which you can introduce to your daily diet, such as:
- Fish, food that has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids
- Most types of fruits
- Nuts and their essential oils
- Spices and seeds, such as cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, paprika, licorice, dill, thyme, peppermint, curry, and cayenne pepper. They are high in Vitamin E and salicylates.
#5. Lemon juice
This particular home remedy works wonders when applied onto broken capillaries on the face. It’s an entirely natural source of Vitamin C that improves blood circulation, reduces redness, and gives your skin an overall healthy glow. You will notice how most face creams are enriched with Vitamin C, but, if you’re looking for a completely natural and low-budget remedy, freshly squeezed juice is perfect.
As part of the treatment, you can squeeze the juice of one medium sized lemon every morning and gently rub it onto your face. Use lukewarm water to lightly wash it off so that the skin does not remain sticky. If it’s better suited for your daily schedule, you can also do this at night before you go to bed. Apart from applying it directly to your face, you can use lemon juice to make different face masks, which will work equally well.
Apart from improving blood flow and reduce redness, it will also help fight acne, blackheads, and any other imperfections that might ail your skin. Another ingredient very high in Vitamin C is pineapple. Use it just like you would use the lemon juice.
#6. Sunscreen is a must
Doctors have been warning us for what seems like ages now about the crucial importance of sunscreen. It’s time to take them seriously since one of the leading causes of broken capillaries is direct and prolonged exposure to sun rays. They have a very damaging effect on the walls of the blood vessels, directly thinning them to the point where they rupture.
In fact, sunburn is a type of broken capillaries damage that goes to the extreme. All the redness and pain you experience when you stay in the sun without protection for too long are actually thousands of capillaries that have burst open just underneath your skin. It’s due to the heat and damaging UV rays, and it affects your face, back, chest, shoulders, and legs.
The best thing you can do is to always wear sunscreen, especially on the prominent features of your face, like the nose and the cheekbones. It doesn’t even have to be sunscreen per se. You can use a facial moisturizer, for both women and men, that has a protection factor higher than 15. Remember to use it in winter time also. Although you can’t feel it, sunlight reflects off the frozen pavement and the snow directly into your skin, damaging it.
#7. Face creams should not go missing from your bag
The point above brought us to face creams, so let’s linger on the subject for a while longer. Both men and women, as already explained, should have a travelling-sized face cream in their bag at all times. Use it on your face during the day, as well as on your hands. The science behind this simple, yet effective home remedy against broken capillaries is that face cream, no matter the type, strengthens the capillaries’ walls. It also helps the blood circulate far better than it would normally do, especially if the face cream is enriched with rosehip oil or peppermint.
These natural allies found in even the most menial face cream will work wonders on your skin in almost no time at all. As far as women are concerned, because they tend to wear a lot more makeup than men, you can replace the face cream utilization during the day with foundation, concealer, BB and CC cream or with tinted moisturizer. However, make sure all these beauty products do indeed have moisturizer in them, so as not to dry out and crack your skin. They should benefit from an SPF factor as well.
#8. Natural remedies from the cupboard
As advertised in the beginning, there are plenty of weapons against broken capillaries or rosacea, as it’s otherwise known, in your kitchen cupboard. It’s time to name them, call them forward, and benefit from their reduced cost.
- Green tomatoes – these delicious fruits which we use as vegetables contain all the essential acids you need to ward off broken veins. All you have to do is cut them into relatively thick slices and apply them on the damaged area. Leave them on for approximately 3 minutes and, without washing your face, use your day-to-day moisturizer.
- Parsley – barely recognized for its merits, this wonderful herb is actually very rich in Vitamin C, whose benefits for rosacea we’ve already described above. Use about a handful of fresh parsley leaves for this recipe. Add them to boiling water and leave them to steam for half an hour, covered. Strain the concoction and add 50 ml of milk to it. Dip a small sized washcloth into it and apply it to your damaged skin area.
This procedure has to be repeated every day for 20 days until the redness disappears. The good thing is that it’s so beneficial you can repeat it as many times as you need. You can also use it for your feet and arms, in case you have rosacea around your ankles, elbows or wrists.
- Sage – this beautiful flower is truly healing if you turn it into milk. Here’s how – Add 4 tablespoons of dried sage to 200 ml hot water. Cover and let it infuse. Drain it well and add 200 ml of milk, which you can then use to clean your face. When 10 minutes have passed, rinse off your face with cold water. Repeat as needed, until your face is red no more.
#9. Things to avoid
Apart from all the things you can do to improve your skin condition, there are also a few things you mustn’t do. In this way, you will prevent rosacea as much as possible, and you will help cure it faster if you have it.
- Do not put any toxins into your body, such as excess alcohol, drugs, tobacco, junk food, sugary drinks, etc.
- Do not lead a sedentary lifestyle. Try to exercise and walk as much as you can.
- Do not expose your skin to direct sunlight.
- Don’t wear any clothes made of artificial fabrics, such as nylon and spandex. Wear breezy and loose outfits that will allow your skin to breathe and not cause any more rupture in the capillary vessels.
- Protect you skin as much as possible from any injury or damage, especially if you spend a lot of time outside or do manual labor.
Broken capillaries are a nuisance many people have to deal with during their lifetime. Our skin is extremely sensitive to even to slightest abnormalities surrounding it, such as sudden changes in temperature or the quality of the sheets you sleep in. However, taking a few baby steps, natural, easy, and cheap towards healing rosacea is definitely the best way to deal with it. Remember you can treat it naturally, without going for pills, laser or surgery.