Broken capillaries look like long, red threads and can develop anywhere on the body, but are most common on and around the nose, on cheeks, and under the eyes. There are a wide variety of causes, and age plays a factor as well. The condition can be embarrassing and difficult to cover, even with make-up. Besides expensive laser treatment, there are home remedies you can try to reduce the appearance of these blood vessels and eventually fade them over time.
Also known as telangiectasias, thread veins, or spider veins, the condition occurs when the walls of the capillaries become weak and lose their elastic quality. When they lose this elasticity after dilating they can't return to their previous size. Instead, they collapse, making skin turn red.
As we age, skin becomes thinner, making broken capillaries more noticeable. Alcohol or caffeine consumption, exposure to extreme heat or cold, use of facial scrubs, and some cosmetics can also contribute to spider veins.
A visit to an experienced dermatologist can help you find the cause of your broken capillaries. They may suggest laser treatment to permanently take of the problem, but there are some home remedies you can try first.
Essential Oil Treatment
Mix 10 drops of 100 per cent pure essential chamomile or rose oil into 113gr of your favourite moisturiser and apply 2 to 3 times a day.
Vitamin C and K treatment:
Look for a face cream rich in Vitamin C and another in Vitamin K. These can usually be found at your local chemists such as Walgreen's or CVS. Walmart may carry these as well.
Before bed apply the Vitamin C cream first and let that absorb into your skin a few minutes. Generously apply the Vitamin K cream and leave on all night.
A green make-up stick can help to minimise the redness of broken capillaries. Wear this under your usual foundation and/or face powder.
These home remedies won't work overnight, but they are cheaper than a visit to the dermatologist and laser treatments. It may take weeks or even months before you notice a remarkable difference and find the broken capillaries shrinking or fading.
Don't make the situation worse. Be gentle with your skin by avoiding saunas, facial steaming, stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine and very spicy foods, and always protect your face when in harsh weather.