Vitamin K creams are widely used to combat the appearance of and frequency of spider veins on your skin. The darker or larger the spider veins, the longer it may take for a Vitamin K cream to reach its peak effectiveness.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider Veins, also called spider angioma or spider telangiectasia, are chronically dilated capillaries that appear as small red dots with small red veins webbing out from them on the face, neck, upper arms or thighs. Spider veins are caused by excessive intake of alcohol, medication or elevated oestrogen levels dues to pregnancy or oestrogen replacement therapy in post menopausal women or exposure to oestrogen mimicking petrochemicals or pesticides. Although not a threat to your health, many people seek treatment of spider veins for aesthetic purposes, even though they can come and go throughout different periods of your life. Basically, when the valves in your veins are not functioning properly, they back up the blood, forming small pools in the veins which appear on the surface as spider veins or bruising.
What Is Vitamin K?
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver and fatty tissues in the body. Vitamin K, along with the other fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D and E, stays in the body for a longer period of time than its water-soluble counterparts and should not be taken as a supplement unless specifically directed by a doctor. Vitamin K plays a significant role in blood clotting, bone formation and healthy skin function.
Vitamin K cream strengthens capillaries, which will help to reduce the appearance of, and frequency of, spider veins.
As described previously, the pools of blood that form are what create the appearance of spider veins. The Vitamin K is absorbed through the skin and works on clotting the blood and moving it away from the area where it has accumulated, thereby reducing the appearance of the spider veins.
Consult your doctor before beginning any vitamin routine and report any side effects immediately. Using a vitamin K cream to reduce spider veins can take six to eight weeks on average to see results. Look for products with high concentrations of vitamin K to achieve a more effective result. Follow the application instructions on the label of the product you choose.