The Easy Thing You Can Do Each Day to Prevent Spider Veins
So that’s the big question…..how to prevent spider veins? If there’s one thing that can really cramp a woman’s style, it’s spider veins. And while these spindly little blue and red lines are mostly genetic (thanks, mom!) and usually surface on the legs, they can also crop up on an area of your body that isn’t so easy to conceal: Your face. (This is not a drill.)
Yep, the sun’s UV rays don’t just put you at risk for scary things like sunburn, age spots, and skin cancer, but spider veins, too—making that daily SPF you slather on more important than ever.
“UV exposure has a direct effect on the skin by breaking down collagen, which is the connective tissue that supports and holds the body together.”As the collagen starts to break down from the UV rays, the tissue becomes weak and the elasticity begins to stretch without springing back to normal. This weaker collagen results in decreased pressure surrounding our veins, which then makes them more visible through the skin.”
While spider veins on the legs usually have a blue or purple look to them, facial spider veins are typically bright red and can sometimes be associated with flushing or blushing. They’re most likely to show up on the nose, cheeks, and neck, and things like sun exposure, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot showers can make them stand out more. “Whenever blood vessels experience heat, they tend to dilate, making themselves more visible.”
The best thing you can do to prevent pesky spider veins from sprouting on your face is to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s a minimum of SPF 30. Slather it on every two hours, and wear it even if you’re staying inside since UVA light can penetrate glass windows. Sun exposure can also cause spider veins to appear on the legs, too, so make sure you’re protected all over if you’re baring your gams.
If you’re already sporting spider veins, don’t fret, they’re rarely a serious health problem and are totally treatable.
For starters, we can’t stress enough how bad tanning is for your skin. Sure, in the short-term it hides spider veins by darkening your skin, but the long-term skin damage will inevitably lead to flimsier collagen and—you guessed it—more spider veins (and skin cancer). Your cheapest option is concealing your spider veins with makeup or self-tanner. “There’s also a new topical medicine called brimonidine that can help temporarily shrink these vessels.”
While these tricks can help you prevent new spider veins from forming, once you have them your body can’t heal them on its own. If your spider veins have you totally buggin’, it’s best to seek treatment from a vein specialist or dermatologist. Options include laser therapy, which sends bursts of light through the skin and onto the vein, and sclerotherapy, during which a needle is used to inject a liquid chemical into the vein, which triggers it to fade after a few weeks.
At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine we are using the Excel V Vascular Laser by Cutera which represents the gold standard of treatment for spider veins and small reticular feeder veins. If you are worried about Spider Veins why not book a complimentary appointment to discuss how we can best help you.