Looking at yourself in the mirror, you notice visible broken blood vessels on your nose or cheeks.
How to get rid of those broken capillaries spider veins, or whatever their name?
It is telangiectasia, the medical term for a skin condition resulting in permanent dilation of the small blood vessels.
There are appropriate treatments, specific dermatological procedures, and even natural remedies to blur these unsightly vessels.
Let’s see together how to treat protruding capillaries on the face.
The capillaries of the face
The skin on your face hides a multitude of blood vessels.
They are particularly dense around the nose and the cheeks, where they are most often visible.
When a blood vessel is damaged, it expands and creates what is known as rosacea.
Believing that those little vessels under the skin of your face are broken is a mistake.
They are not damaged but permanently dilated.
They are not sensitive to shocks and do not break under a blow or friction, they remain dilated.
They pose no major health concerns.
They are just unsightly and cause redness on the face.
What causes broken capillaries?
You should know that the development of broken capillaries in your face shows that the real damage is located upstream, at the blood circulation level.
The causes are very different:
– damage caused by prolonged sun exposure
– broken blood vessels pregnancy-related (hormonal imbalance)
– a disease
– an acne scar or a wound
– certain drugs (cortisone)
– alcohol consumption
– natural aging
Vascular rosacea treatment
There are no specific creams or medications to treat broken capillaries.
Treatment options can only be carried out by precise procedures by the dermatologist.
Electrolysis for capillaries
Electrolysis is used to cauterize blood vessels.
Using electrocoagulation, the dermatologist targets the capillaries to annihilate them with electrical impulses.
The session can be painful and the results are sometimes disappointing even after multiple procedures.
IPL light therapy
The pulsating flash lamp emits a polychromatic light ray that helps erase small vessels.
The principle is based on the impact of very intense light flashes which will heat the dermis to break the wall of the dilated blood vessels and destroy them.
This method unifies the complexion and erases imperfections, stains, and marks.
The session is painless and devoid of side effects.
Broken capillaries laser treatment
The laser therapy essentially treats the red color and thus makes it possible to directly target the dilated vessels without damaging the rest of the epidermis.
A ray is projected onto the area to be treated and penetrates under the skin causing a reaction with the hemoglobin creating heat.
This generated heat induces the coagulation of the walls of the enlarged blood vessels and thus, their disappearance.
A feeling of warmth is felt at the time of the intervention.
This process requires two to four sessions spaced a month apart depending on the patient’s degree of impairment.
Note that if you suffer from rosacea, it is important to treat the chronic inflammation that accompanies it in parallel to obtain convincing results.
Capillaries on nose and cheeks natural treatment
Certain natural remedies can reduce or even eliminate these annoying little capillaries when they are not too prominent.
A Cold Compress
To reduce facial redness, you can apply a cold compress to the localized area.
Just drop a few ice cubes into a cotton cloth and then run it over your face for a minute.
Then take a break for 10 minutes and repeat the operation as many times as necessary.
The cold you apply constricts blood vessels, which significantly slows blood flow.
They return to their original size and normal appearance.
Thus you fade the redness due to the capillaries and any other kind of diffuse redness.
However, be careful not to apply the ice directly to the skin to avoid damaging the cells.
Arnica for broken blood vessels
Arnica is very interesting in treating broken capillary vessels.
It has anti-inflammatory properties, stimulates blood circulation, and reduces redness.
Mix equal parts dry arnica flowers and coconut oil in a jar.
Seal the jar and place it in a sunny place for two weeks.
Then filter the solution.
If you don’t want to wait, you can also mix in equal parts arnica macerated oil (#ad) and coconut oil (#ad).
In any case, apply this oil to the capillary vessels, ensuring a light massage two to three times a day.
You will notice the first results within a fortnight.
Products to avoid in case of broken blood vessels
Many tips on the net direct you to certain specific treatments for rosacea.
You should know that there is no effective cream or treatment to treat it.
Avoid creams containing cortisone or hydrocortisone which will only aggravate the problem.
Similarly, we often invite you to use creams with vitamin K or collagen but you should know that the latter does not cross the epidermis to reach the capillary vessels.
If you still want to use a moisturizer, I recommend Sensibio AR by Bioderma (#ad) which, in addition to providing deep care for your skin, can treat the visible redness of the face.
Treating Capillaries Issues at Home
Micro-needling is a technique that involves micro-perforating the skin to stimulate the natural healing process while increasing collagen production.
It is used by dermatologists to treat rosacea.
You can now get a micro-needling pen like this one (#ad) to practice this type of care at home.
Be careful not to use it more than once a week to allow time for the skin to regenerate.
Intense Pulsed Light
You can also get a pulsed light device (IPL) like this one (#ad) which will allow you to treat your rosacea at home.
Just like the dermatologist, you can use this technique on localized areas where there are small dilated vessels.
Light flashes heat the dermis and thus treat diffuse redness and rosacea on the face.
You can also make double use of it since it also provides permanent hair removal!
The laser pen
This laser pen (#ad) has 9 frequencies for better efficiency.
To treat capillaries, you just need to apply its blue light for 3 seconds on the affected area, which will heat the blood vessels to finally destroy them.
Don’t expect immediate results, however.
The process is long and each session must be spaced at least 15 days apart to allow the necessary healing time.
Also, remember to cool the treated area after passing it and carry out regular disinfection followed by the application of a healing cream.
The derma roller
Less expensive, the derma roller can also help you to treat capillary vessels.
With microneedles, it allows you to practice manual micro-needling.
Just slowly roll the derma roller (#ad) on the affected area while performing horizontal and vertical movements.
There too, remember to disinfect the skin after application and opt for an effective soothing cream.
It is recommended to use it once a week to give the skin time to repair itself.
The massage roller
If microneedling scares you with its small needles, you can also opt for this vibrating roller massager (#ad) that provides an intense facial massage while stimulating blood circulation and accelerating collagen production.
It can be much more beneficial if you remember to refrigerate its head before use to combine massage and application of cold in the treatment of rosacea.
Two birds with one stone, this accessory is also ideal for fighting wrinkles!
Ultrasonic exfoliating device (skin scrubber)
This small device I tested recently not only exfoliates the face but also significantly improves blood circulation.
The principle is to use ultrasound to perform a deep peeling but if you choose a device with light therapy like this one (#ad), it allows you to stimulate the microcirculation at the same time.
Applied regularly to a damp face, the result is a marked improvement in rosacea and healthier, regenerated skin.
How to get rid of broken capillaries?
It is not easy to treat vascular rosacea because it results in the appearance of small blood vessels under thin skin.
For this reason, it is useless to use sometimes expensive creams which can have no effect.
The best solution is to apply arnica oil which notoriously improves venous tone combined with regenerating and nourishing coconut oil for the skin.
There remain the accessories that can now be purchased for home treatment, ranging from micro-needling techniques to laser pens.
They sometimes have very satisfactory results and avoid having to go to a dermatologist.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between varicosity and broken blood vessels?
A spider vein has a bluish appearance under the skin due to oxygen-starved blood.
Vascular rosacea reveals red vessels because, here, the blood is perfectly oxygenated.
In both cases, it is a permanent dilation of blood vessels.
Does microneedling cause broken capillaries?
Microneedling is a very common practice in dermatology to treat acne scars, severe eye puffiness, and wrinkles, sun damage on the skin.
This damage resulting from too intense sun exposure is characterized by visible discoloration, wrinkles, and capillaries.
To know if the micro-needling is indeed the trigger of the problem, you must be sure that these capillaries were not already visible before the intervention.
If it wasn’t, chances are it’s just the ongoing healing process.
Indeed, in this period, you can notice a proliferation of capillaries which is only the organism’s response to microneedling.
What foods to avoid when you have vascular rosacea?
Heat is the enemy of vascular rosacea.
It is therefore inadvisable to consume drinks that are too hot, which may further dilate the blood vessels.
Spices, mustard, and peppers are also to be avoided.
Finally, certain foods rich in histamines (tomato, shellfish, citrus fruits) can also trigger dilation of capillary vessels.
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