Facial Redness, Spider Veins and Professional Advice

January 9, 2021 • karnold • Vein Treatment
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When blood vessels become enlarged and broken just below the surface of the skin on the face, they form a pattern of thin red lines, commonly called spider veins (the medical name for this condition is “telangiectasia”). Facial spider veins are often found on the nose, chin, and cheeks. Though they are usually not harmful, spider veins make the face look unattractively red, and people with the condition can feel self-conscious and distressed. In addition, spider veins can sometimes be a symptom of a serious underlying disease, so it’s a good idea to have a medical specialist check them out.

What Causes Facial Redness?

Spider veins are a common cause of facial redness. They are often the result of long-term sun damage or aging. Other possible causes include:
  • Excessive or sometimes even moderate alcohol use
  • Hormonal changes from pregnancy, menopause, or birth control pills
  • Genetics
Spider veins are more common in women than in men.

Why People Get Spider Veins in Their Face

Spider veins may appear in different parts of the body and are often found on the legs, as well as on the arms, chest, or back. The face, though, may be especially vulnerable to spider veins because of how often the face is exposed to the sun, which can damage the veins over the long term.

Tips on Prevention & Slowing the Damage

Excessive heat can damage the blood vessels in the face. To prevent or slow down vein damage and facial redness, avoid too much heat. To do this:
  • Protect the face from the sun by applying sunscreen, wearing a hat, and avoiding the mid-day sun in warmer climates.
  • Avoid washing the face with hot water.
  • Avoid saunas.
Also limit alcoholic drinks, which can cause broken veins, and be careful with caffeine and spicy food, which may make spider veins more noticeable. There are also many home remedies you can try to reduce the appearance of redness and broken veins, including:
  • A cold compress after being exposed to heat or the sun.
  • Arnica oil. Some people are allergic, so test on a small patch of skin first.
  • Apple cider vinegar, applied to the face with a cotton ball.
  • Witch hazel, which is a natural astringent.
  • Aloe vera. This may dry the skin, so use it with a moisturizer.
  • Vitamin C supplements.

Common Treatments for Redness Due to Spider Veins

Vein treatment technology has come a long way. Quick and minimally invasive treatments can significantly reduce facial redness and restore a fresh and healthy appearance. Common treatments for facial spider veins include: Laser therapy, which is a gentle treatment that seals the blood vessels. The procedure is quick with minimal discomfort. Sclerotherapy, which is used when the broken veins are larger. Salt water or chemicals are injected into veins, which then harden and disappear. It is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no downtime.

Get Treated at Tri-CIty Vein in Phoenix

If you have any concerns about facial redness caused by varicose veins, we invite you to meet our vein physicians in Phoenix, Arizona, to learn about how we can help. We provide many vein treatments options that can improve your appearance and restore your confidence. Contact us to schedule a consult to find out more....

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