How Do I Get Rid Of Broken Capillaries?

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What are broken capillaries?

Well for starters, the term “broken” is actually inaccurate. Broken capillaries are caused when you get a bruise from injury to the skin.

The little red blood vessels that are found in different areas of the face (most commonly the nose, cheeks and chin) are actually permanently dilated capillaries. These are common in lighter, fairer skin types of western European descent (Irish, Scottish). If you have visible capillaries around the corners of the nose (little red, squiggle marks) and nowhere else, these may not be the same – these can be caused simply from blowing your nose from colds and allergies that put pressure on the capillaries.

Where do they come from?

Capillary walls are very elastic, and through repeated dilating from hot showers, spicy foods, microdermabrasion, intense exercise, alcohol, or merely just genetics, they no longer have the ability to contract, remaining visibly enlarged.

Why the difference in colors?

These capillaries form in two colors: red and blue. The red-colored ones are arterial capillaries, where the blood is oxygenated and comes from the heart to the skin. These are easier to treat and prevent, as well as get rid of.  The blue in color is venous capillaries going back to the heart. These often times can be deeper in the skin and are harder to treat.

How can I get rid of them?

Generally, once you have them, they don’t go away. You need to seek professional treatment, as skin care products cannot make these vanish. There are laser procedures that can be very beneficial, as well as the older tried-and-true technology of using an electric needle to cauterize surface capillaries. Either way, consult with a skin care professional to determine which option is best for you, based on the severity of the condition.

How can I prevent them?

Without a doubt, skin care products and certain skin tips can really make a difference long-term in preventing the formation of new ones. Here are some helpful tips to prevent them.

Refrigerate your products: Toners, serums and moisturizers and gel-based masks can be kept in the fridge. This not only helps preserve the products, but their cool temperatures can soothe redness on the skin.

Use calming ingredients: Products containing anti-inflammatory and calming ingredients such as chamomile, sea whip, azulene, and white tea help naturally cool and comfort the skin. It’s really important to use products exclusively formulated for keeping the skin calm. See our nine skin types.

Wash your face with cool/tepid water: Hot water on the face will speed up blood flow, which will only increase redness in the skin.

Remember to moisturize: When the skin becomes dry, it becomes irritated. By simply keeping moisture in the skin, you can be one step closer to healthy, glowing, calm skin.

Take it easy on intensive exercise: Intense activity creates a sweat for you, and a flush for your skin. Activities like walking, swimming, or yoga can provide a workout without as much redness.

Taking steps to prevent wear and tear on capillaries can really go a long way, so if your skin is prone to them, be sure to practice these tips.

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  1. Hi im 25 and over the past 2 weeks i have had lots of little veins (blueish purple colour) appear under my eyes. I’ve already got dark circles in general which have gotten worse this past year but now im getting the individual veins. What might be causing this and what can i do its making me depressed. Thankyou.

    Posted By: Gemma  | 

  2. I am 21 and I already have slightly dilated capillaries on my cheeks. I wear sunscreen, don’t smoke, and rarely drink, but I am skin type 9, so prone to redness and sensitivity. I am also very active – soccer and CrossFit – is there any way to minimize the effect that this type of exercise has on my skin?

    Posted By: Alexandra  | 

  3. is it harmful to get them frequently after hot showers?

    Posted By: talia  | 

    • It’s normal that capillaries will dilate after a shower. You might want to do a cold water splash on your face from your sink after to calm them down.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 


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