How to Get Rid of Broken Capillaries

Written by elyse franko
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Broken capillaries on the face can be an unsightly problem for many people. They can be caused by heavy sun exposure, extreme temperature changes and heavy pressure to the face (squeezing too hard to pop a pimple, for example). While they will sometimes go away on their own, there are surgical and non-surgical ways to reduce their appearance or rid your face of them altogether.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Green-tinted facial concealer
  • Foundation that matches skin tone

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    The Make-Up Method

  1. 1

    Blend a green-tinted concealer over the area of the burst capillary. Green helps to balance out the red of the burst capillary and will work better to cover it up than a skin-coloured concealer.

  2. 2

    Apply a skin-coloured foundation to your entire face.

  3. 3

    Blend the foundation over the concealer, and make sure your whole face has an even tone.

    Surgical treatment

  1. 1

    Laser treatment is commonly used to get rid of broken capillaries. Find a dermatologist to evaluate your skin condition and determine if laser treatment is right for your problem.

  2. 2

    If you've been cleared for laser treatment, arrange an appointment with your dermatologist or a recommended laser surgeon.

  3. 3

    At your session, lasers will be used to apply a concentrated beam of light to the area, destroying the broken capillaries and completely ridding your face of them. Most people will only need one session, which will last between 15 and 30 minutes. Those with more severe problems may need additional sessions.

Tips and warnings

  • Be very careful when choosing a doctor to administer surgical treatment. Do your research and, if possible, find others who have had similar treatment and get their reviews.
  • While there are many skin creams on the market that claim to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries, eHow has no proof of their effectiveness. Therefore, they aren't included in this article.

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