Whether you call them facial veins, spider veins, or broken capillaries, there’s nothing fun about these annoying red splotches. While there are effective treatments, it can often take time to get rid of them. With that in mind, it’s better to prevent their development in the first place.
Some people are unfortunately predisposed to developing facial veins or have medical situations that may make it easier for them to appear. But no matter why you get them, there are things you can do to help prevent them from forming.
Do you already suffer from facial veins or another vascular condition? At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, Dr. Jeffrey Gosin and the rest of his team can help you solve any vascular issue. Dr. Gosin is an expert in facial vein treatment, and he will work with you to treat your facial veins.
What are facial veins?
What are referred to as facial veins are not really veins. Rather, they are broken capillaries, which are the little blood vessels that connect small veins and arteries. While capillaries are great for delivering blood to small areas, they are also easy to break. Broken capillaries are not dangerous, but they can be unsightly, especially when they appear on your face.
What causes facial veins?
Unfortunately, capillaries can break easily. There are basically two types of causes behind the development of facial veins: internal causes and external causes. Internal causes include:
External causes are more wide-ranging and include:
- Sun exposure
- Drastic weather or pressure changes
- Environmental or chemical irritants
- Alcohol consumption
- Vomiting or sneezing too hard
How to prevent or minimize facial veins
If your facial veins are caused by an internal reason, such as a medical condition, these may be harder to prevent. Do know, though, that facial veins that develop during pregnancy usually disappear after the baby is born. Furthermore, rosacea patients usually see relief when the condition is treated. Everyone, though, can do things to prevent facial veins from appearing that are due to external causes.
Avoid extreme heat
Spas, saunas, and hot days can raise your risk of developing spider veins. Avoid spas and saunas and limit the time you spend outside when it’s hot.
Limit sun exposure
Lather on the sunscreen and wear a hat if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun. Furthermore, avoid going out in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest and brightest.
Watch your diet and medications
Certain foods and drinks can cause your capillaries to fill with blood and make your facial veins more noticeable. These include alcohol, spicy foods, and caffeine. Furthermore, don’t take vasodilators unless you have to. Vasodilators are a group of medicines that dilate your blood vessels, such as nitroprusside (Nipride), sildenafil (Viagra), and tadalafil (Cialis).
If you have trouble with facial veins, let Dr. Gosin and his team at Shore Vascular & Vein Center help you achieve the vein-free face you desire. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.