Capillaries are extremely tiny blood vessels that conjoin arterioles to venules. A capillary wall is only a single layer of cells so passage is a breeze for stuff like nutrients, oxygen, water, waste and carbon dioxide to go back and forth between blood and tissue. But this sheerness also causes your capillary walls to be weak, therefore easily broken.
Once a capillary wall breaks, its contents leak out into the surrounding tissue. When broken capillaries occur near your skin’s surface, they can appear as a fine, thin threadlike blemish. Broken capillaries are also referred to as spider veins. And sometimes broken capillaries cause an erythema look.
Telangiectasia, which are dilated superficial capillaries, cause this thready appearance as well. In some cases, what may be referred to as broken may actually be dilated capillaries.
Broken capillaries are notorious for showing up on the face, particularly on your nose and cheeks. Once broken, the leaked out contents typically remain sequestered there.
For many, broken capillaries on their face are determined to be cosmetically unappealing and much ado is made about how to remove them. There are basically two removal treatments for broken capillaries on face, laser resurfacing and IPL photofacial. The former actually removes the upper layer of skin, while the latter focuses on your deeper skin layers without skin loss.
You could try a natural removal treatment for your broken capillaries by eating a diet rich in vitamin C and vitamin K, coupled with drinking chamomile tea to provide the resources for your body to heal thyself. Albeit, your broken capillaries won’t likely be removed completely, but you’ll probably reap a vascular health benefit.
The best treatment for broken capillaries is prevention. Here’s some of the identified causes for increasing your risk for on face capillary break:
- hot climates
- wind on face
- washing with hot water
- too much sun exposure
- excessive use of alcohol
- scrubbing your face too hard
- moving in and out of extreme temperature differentials
Yet, not all causes of broken capillaries are preventable, for instance facial ones can accompany rosacea. Or as you age your skin thins, leading to the appearance of pre-existing broken capillaries. And rarely, broken capillaries may be an indication of liver damage.