Broken blood vessels on the face usually come out to people having fair, thin or very sensitive skin. Broken capillaries, spider veins, red veins or thread veins, you name it, these are all different names for the same trouble.
Knowing how and why these red veins on the face tend to appear is the first step to prevent their formation and start to get rid of them.
Causes of broken blood vessels on the face
Among all the possible causes for broken blood vessels to appear on the face, we have to differentiate the external and the internal causes. Indeed, most of the external causes can be anticipated and then avoided to reduce their impact on broken capillaries formation, but we have to know them to protect our veins.
- Spider veins increase with age and thus are quite common in the elderly. There is also a genetic basis since spider veins do tend to run in families. In pregnancy, spider veins are quite common and have been associated with an increase in the female sex hormone, estrogen. Estrogen is known to weaken the walls of the veins and may contribute to the development of spider veins.
- Excessive UV or sun exposure is a significant cause of premature skin ageing by breaking down collagen under the skin. While UV is not directly involved in spider veins formation, they tend to develop more on fair and thin skin.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol is known to increase the number of broken blood vessels on the face by increasing the blood pressure and then causing the veins to dilate. This is why people that are having a lot of alcohol daily usually have a reddish face and some visible red veins on the nose and cheekbones.
- The circulatory system is quite responsive to temperature changes and our capillaries tend to constrict and expand, acting as a regulator of our body temperature. Such extreme temperatures ranges can cause broken capillaries to appear.
As it is said above, bad blood circulation and weak blood vessels are the main causes of broken capillaries formation.
Even if the initial cause is endogenous, an increase in the blood pressure damages weak blood vessels, causing these inelegant red veins to appear on the face.
No need to say that those who have severe blood circulation troubles, among all the recommendations, can be found in here that can help to diminish the appearance of broken blood vessels on the face, it is strongly recommended to see a doctor that will help with specific medications. While a limited consumption, even regularly, of alcohol will not increase the formation of spider veins on the face, be sure not to overindulge in alcohol.
One of the big myths about broken capillaries on the face caused by alcohol is that red wine is particularly dangerous because it induces inflammation. This is wrong! Red wine is the sole alcohol-based drink that could help to prevent spider veins formations! Indeed, flavonoids and resveratrol contained in grapes are powerful classes of molecules that, besides their anti-cancer properties, are proven to reduce vascular diseases.
How to prevent blood vessels from breaking?
- When you have no other choice but to be exposed to extreme heat or cold, make sure to protect your face with a scarf in cold and use a water mister in very hot air.
- Keep a steady temperature in your house so that it doesn’t rise or fall too much.
- When you wash your face, use lukewarm water instead of very hot or very cold water.
- Also, avoid sauna or Turkish bath that will cause the blood vessel to dilate a lot and can increase the risk of broken capillaries to pop up.
- As a general matter, when summer comes and it’s time for a day at the beach, make sure to limit direct exposure to the sun by wearing a hat or using an umbrella.
- Always put some sunscreen with SPF of 30 or more on your face to delay skin ageing, and use a water mister to cool your skin if you start feeling too much heat.
This latter point is the most important to prevent spider veins formation.