Broken capillaries are one of life’s little annoyances, and although they don’t pose any danger to your health, they can be unsightly and affect self-confidence. These capillaries present themselves in two colours, red and blue. The red capillaries are arterial capillaries, while the blue are venous capillaries. When it comes to treatment, the red capillaries are easier to treat as the blue ones tend to be located deeper under the skin, and usually are best treated with laser therapy.
The most common areas for broken capillaries to appear are on the nose and cheeks, but they can turn up anywhere on the body, including the chest and legs, and are more noticeable on fair skin. They tend to be more visible in women because their skin is usually more delicate.
Common causes of broken capillaries:
- Repeated dilation from very hot showers
- Spicy foods
- Intense exercise
- Alcohol abuse
How to treat broken capillaries at home:
- Refrigerate products such as toners and face masks
- Calming ingredients in products such as anti-inflammatory ingredients
- Fine-grain exfoliant creams, chamomile facials and sea whip extract cream, to name just a few treatments.
- Regular exposure to the sun’s harsh UV rays is also known to increase the visibility of broken capillaries, so always wear a good-quality sunblock.
- Washing your face with cool water is also an excellent way to reduce redness.
You can also treat broken capillaries, from within, by taking vitamin C with bioflavonoids, which help to ease the inflammation under the skin.
Laser treatment is by far the most effective way to deal with broken capillaries, and at Victorian Dermal Group, we offer the following facial capillary therapies:
- V Beam Laser: This treatment uses coloured laser technology to target blood vessels below the surface of the skin and effectively treat broken capillaries. Treatments are spaced four to six weeks apart, and results can be seen in two to four weeks.
- Candela G-Max YAG Laser: This treatment is a non-invasive, medical grade, dual wavelength laser that treats the appearance of abnormal veins. These treatments are spaced four to six weeks apart, and results can be seen in four weeks depending on the number of treatments.