When capillary cells become severed or weakened, they often appear on the skin's surface in a red or purplish colour. Broken capillaries are most common on the face around the nose and cheeks, but will also often appear on the calves and thighs. You can use naturopathic remedies to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries.
Diet and exercise
There are several foods and substances that increase redness and blood pooling so you should try to watch the consumption of certain products. Alcohol, drugs, caffeine and spicy foods all aggravate your capillaries and should be avoided. Exposure to extreme heat or cold, saunas and facial steaming may also cause skin redness.
A diet high in fibre and bioflavonoids is essential in treating broken capillaries. You can incorporate these elements into your diet by including plenty of leafy green vegetables and brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.
Any type of exercise is helpful in moving the blood throughout the body and strengthening the veins. If you have spider veins in your legs, try doing some daily calf exercises to reduce the appearance of redness. When you are sitting, flex your feet and lift your toes while grinding your heels. Repeat this every hour or so throughout the day. Yoga poses that invert the body also reduce the appearance of broken capillaries in the legs. Holding the legs overhead for several minutes every day will drastically reduce the pooling of blood that causes spider veins.
Herbs and supplements
There are many herbs that will reduce the appearance of broken capillaries, but be patient and give the remedies several months to take full effect.
A formula for facial oil that reduces broken capillaries can be made using several common herbs. Mix 14.8 ml (1/2 oz) jojoba oil with 9.86 ml (1/3 oz) rose hip seed oil in a container with several drops of borage oil and evening primrose oil. Add a couple drops of cypress oil, lemon oil and palmarosa oil to complete the formula. Apply this mixture to the areas of your face that have broken capillaries every evening before bed.
For spider veins on your legs or other areas, mix 44.4 ml (1 1/2 oz) sunflower oil with 7.39 ml (1/4 oz) rose hip seed oil together in a container. Add 15 to 20 drops of borage oil, geranium oil and evening primrose oil, then several drops of lemon oil, cypress oil and palmarosa oil. Massage the oil gently over the affected areas of the body every day. Geranium oil may lower your blood sugar level so omit it from the formula if you are hypoglycaemic. Taking additional vitamin A and C supplements will also help promote healthy skin and veins.