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Broken capillaries: What are they doing on my face and how do I make them leave?
They’re those spider-like veins we often spotted and associated with the faces of our grandparents and now… they're moving in. If you’ve noticed a few broken capillaries have begun setting up camp across your cheeks, nose, chin, or anywhere they possibly can, then we urge you not to panic.ou are not alone.
What causes broken capillaries?
When it comes to the cause, there are a few culprits to blame. The main being trauma to the skin – so this covers anything from bruising, harsh exfoliation, chronic sun damage and even (sorry hayfever sufferers) rigorous nose blowing.
And, *eye roll* genetics. So as Julia Roberts inherited her multi-million dollar smile, the rest of us received a layer of blue and red veiny skin. Thanks fam.
But, while broken capillaries may seem unavoidable and totally sporadic, on the most part, there is a method to their madness.
So when it comes to preventing newbies or healing and potentially totally eradicating the already present, these are our recommendations to follow…
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How to get rid of broken capillaries
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, SPF is not just for beach days. As sun damage is a major trigger for broken capillaries, it’s crucial to keep yourself covered in a minimum of SPF 30 at all times.
Dry skin is irritated skin, so by keeping things hydrated you’ll effectively be protecting yourself from aggravation or sensitivities. Seek out formulations designed to restore your skin's barrier and repair any inflammation.
Ingredients to look for include oat, aloe vera or vitamin E, which will absorb into thirsty skin and protect from environmental pollutants and free radicals.
Drink icy water
Ice cold drinks will constrict the blood vessels in your face and neck, preventing redness and capillary dilation (the same applies for holding an ice pack directly onto the area).
So if you’re prone to hot flushes, little sips of an icy water bottle throughout the day, or during workouts, will work to prevent your blood vessels from breaking.
Incorporate vitamin C into your routine
One of vitamin C’s greatest benefits is its ability to strengthen capillaries and soothe redness, while fading brown spots, discolouration and evening skin texture overall.
As well as topical vitamin C, taking a daily supplement has also proved helpful in strengthening the capillary wall and keeping your skin from bruising.
Keep your lotions and potions cold
By keeping moisturisers and serums in the fridge, the cool temperature of products will help calm inflamed skin and soothe any redness.
Look for anti-inflammatory or calming ingredients
Full disclosure, if your broken capillaries are relatively developed and prominent, these products won’t make an enormous difference, however, daily application of a soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredient such as rosehip oil will do it’s best at working towards minimising redness and keeping the skin hydrated.
Plus, it will give you an illuminating glow that’s distracting enough that no one will even notice your broken capillaries.
When it comes to actually getting rid of the broken capillaries that are already present, a professional laser treatment (sorry) is just about your only option.
While at-home remedies and skin care can help to fade and heal the red spots, they simply don’t have the ability to get rid of them entirely.
Laser or IPL treatments for diluted or broken capillaries are offered at most laser or skin clinics and are a safe and effective solution to getting rid of those pesky red marks for good.
How to keep broken capillaries from returning
Avoid hot showers and directly applying hot water to your face, same goes for steam facials. The quick rush of blood and rising temperature will trigger redness, creating the potential for capillaries to burst.
Avoid microdermabrasion treatments
While we praise this treatment for keeping our skin glowing, if you’re prone to broken capillaries, this is not the treatment for you. The vacuuming nature of the treatment can invite the red veins to be brought to the surface.
Don’t pick your pimples
In an attempt to pop a pimple, you may be unknowingly breaking blood vessels in the process, falling under the umbrella of skin ‘trauma’.the best thing to do is keep.your.hand.off.it.
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