Be careful with broken capillaries

Published on April 14, 2022 By Gentle Touch | Last updated on May 11, 2022

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Broken capillaries are dilated capillaries that make a face appear to have red patches. They are widespread in people with fair, thin, or susceptible skin. One option to improve the appearance of capillaries is using laser or intense pulsed light treatments to remove the capillaries or to prevent the appearance of new ones developing or the reappearance of the removed capillaries. Natural remedies and preventive methods also help keep the skin free of broken capillaries. 


Capillary vessels, also known as spider veins, telangiectasias, or broken capillaries, are varicose veins that can occur anywhere on the body. However, they mainly develop in the leg area because circulation is usually worse. They arise because of a weakening of the valves of the veins, which are those that make the blood flow in one direction only. 


What happens is that the blood returns to the veins and stagnates. Because of this, there is an increase in local pressure, which results in the veins dilating and showing through the skin in the form of small branches. Capillary veins in the legs are widespread. The problem of broken capillaries occurs in the area closest to the skin, making them more visible. 


Although this is a prevalent and harmless problem in most cases, it is advisable to seek solutions so that the broken capillaries do not go further. At Gentle Touch, we provide you with the help you need to overcome this skin condition. Do you have problems with broken capillaries? Make an appointment with our team, and we will find a solution to your problem. 


Skin with redness and visible vessels 


Sensitive skin with redness and visible vessels may be marked by transient redness or permanent redness that consolidates over time. Rosacea may be the origin of the redness. There are several possible manifestations.  


Ruptured blood vessels in the face can develop in anyone at any age, but some people may be more likely to develop them than others. 


Causes of broken capillaries 


There are several reasons why broken capillaries or spider veins may appear. It is essential to know them to find appropriate solutions and prevent them from worsening. Some of the factors that affect the proliferation of capillaries are the following: 


  • Genes


People whose relatives experience spider veins are more likely to have them. The appearance of capillaries and varicose veins is also related to the influence of genes. We cannot forget the importance of the genetic factor, which can determine the type of skin an individual will have and its sensitivity. 


  • Sun exposure


 Sun damage can enlarge blood vessels and bring them closer to the skin. 


  • Changes in the weather


 Drastic changes in the temperature can affect circulation in the body, resulting in flushing the skin on the face. As we said before, broken capillaries can be caused by sudden changes in temperature, as these contract and dilate the blood vessels. They can end up causing them to lose elasticity. 


  • Changes in pressure


Sudden and extreme changes in pressure can cause small broken blood vessels to appear. A powerful sneeze or vomiting can cause this change in pressure. 


  • Pregnancy


Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause broken blood vessels. Pregnancy-related spider veins usually disappear after delivery. 


  • Environmental irritants


Exposure to certain chemicals or environmental pollutants can damage the skin and make the blood vessels more visible. 


  • Rosacea


This is a common condition that causes the skin to become red due to dilated veins. People with rosacea often experience spider veins. 


  • Alcohol and tobacco


 Alcohol can temporarily dilate blood vessels. Frequent alcohol consumption can cause longer-lasting broken blood vessels and redness on the face. These products are very harmful to your health and the condition of your skin. Did you know that alcohol-induced nose veins can be irreversible? This is because alcohol breaks the delicate capillaries in the area, turning it reddish or purple. 


  • Injuries


Head injuries that cause bruising can also cause broken blood vessels. In this case, the blood vessels will heal as the bruise heals. 


  • Obesity


Being overweight or obese demands greater arterial volume circulating through the nervous system. 


  • Sedentary lifestyle


Lack of physical activity causes a weakening or relaxation of the valves of the veins, leading to the appearance of capillary veins in the legs and other parts of the body. 


  • Valve insufficiency due to age


Due to the weakening of the veins. 


  • Hormonal changes


This is another reason why capillaries and varicose veins may appear, especially during puberty or menopause. Also, the intake of contraceptives is high in estrogens. Spider veins on the face, legs, and feet are also prevalent during pregnancy and menopause, as there are changes in blood circulation that can affect our skin. 


  • Spending many hours standing


This often leads to the appearance of capillary veins in the legs. This is because the non-return valves are weakened by continuously working against gravity. 


  • Diseases


Some diseases can cause the appearance of capillary vessels. Some of them are ataxia-telangiectasia, Bloom's syndrome, congenital telangiectatic marmoreal skin, lupus, Sturge-Weber disease, or rosacea. 


  • Hypertension


Being a disease related to the dilation of blood vessels, many people suffering from hypertension has these veins on the face. 


  • Aging


The years make our circulation less and less fluid, which is why telangiectasias appear on the legs, face, and other body parts. 


  • Other causes


Other reasons why broken capillaries, or telangiectasias, may appear are exposure to the sun for many hours, excessive steroid creams, and trauma to the area. 


What to do with broken capillaries?  


Broken capillaries are mainly known as a problem of enlarged leg veins. The red capillaries manifest a disturbing appearance to the patient. These varicose veins should be treated from a health perspective and aesthetic considerations. 


Broken capillaries can usually arise in overweight women, people who consume alcohol, and some diseases. Since varicose veins experienced after pregnancy cause an ugly appearance, many women prefer not to wear skirts. In addition to small varicose veins, varicose veins more significant in diameter require special treatment. For smaller capillaries with a diameter of 2-3 mm, drugs are infiltrated intravenously, and the body destroys these varicose capillaries quickly. 


At Gentle Touch, we always carry out a diagnosis to help identify what should be done. Depending on the need, we can apply different techniques for your skincare. 


If you have questions about our facial treatment services, do not hesitate to contact the Gentle Touch Team to get a Free Consultation. Please call (860) 216-6225 to schedule your appointment or email     



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