Broken capillaries, also called telangiectasia rosacea, can occur anywhere on the body but are more prominent on the skin of the face and legs. Broken capillaries occur due to thinning of skin that comes naturally with age but may even occur due to improper diet, trauma to the skin and genetic factors. Characterized by broken red squiggles or lines near the eyes, nose and mouth; broken capillaries on face look unsightly and remind us of advancing age. In this guide, we will consider some natural remedies for broken capillaries.
1. Avoid further trauma to the skin
Broken capillaries are an indication of trauma to the delicate facial skin. To prevent them from worsening, avoid any harsh skin treatments. Do not scrub your face using harsh products, scrubs or soaps. Do not place your face too close to steam and other heat sources like fireplaces, saunas, Jacuzzi etc. Also avoid massage and other ablative treatments like exfoliation, as far as possible.
2. Avoid excess cold
Like heat, cold can also cause broken capillaries on the face. When the skin is subjected to extreme cold temperatures, it constricts and freezes the blood vessels, cutting off nutrients to the skin. The skin reacts by opening up even more blood vessels in order to restart the supply it is lacking. This causes even more redness on the face.
3. Use products formulated for sensitive skin
Use only those products made for sensitive skin or none at all. You can use a mild toner containing Witch Hazel which is known for its astringent, healing and soothing properties. Aloe Vera gel can also help.
4. Lose weight
Obesity and weight changes can also cause broken capillaries on the legs. It is one of the main reasons why pregnant women tend to develop them. In overweight people, changes in the skin can lead to capillary formation which can be prevented by losing weight and exercising regularly.
5. Genetic factors
If your parent has suffered from spider veins an rosacea, then the chances of your developing telangiectasia rosacea greatly increase. You cannot do much to counter it. In extreme cases, dermatological solutions like Intense Photo Laser therapy may show good results.
6. Avoid certain medications
Certain medications can also lead to broken capillaries. Talk to your doctor if you have changed or started a new medicine which may be contributing to the capillaries on legs and/or face.
7. Watch out for hormonal changes
Many underlying causes like hormonal changes can lead to broken capillaries. For some patients, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may help. Do read about some of the natural alternatives for HRT here.
8. Quit smoking and drinking
Alcohol and nicotine can also lead to rosacea and broken capillaries. Avoid smoking completely and limit your alcohol intake in order to clear up your skin.
9. Avoid spicy food and hot drinks
If you are in the habit of consuming very spicy food or hot beverages, be aware that these habits can also contribute to those squiggly red lines. You cannot undo the lines already formed but you can certainly prevent new one from forming. Reduce your caffeine intake completely.
10. Apply Cyprus oil
Cyprus oil has soothing and calming properties which can reduce the red squiggles around the nose and mouth to a large extent.
11. Vitamin C and Vitamin E
Increase your intake of foods rich in both these antioxidants. Both vitamins are extremely beneficial for the skin and can fight free radical damage. These vitamins are also known to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and skin discolorations. You can talk to your dermatologist about using topical formulations containing these vitamins.
Many users who took a regular supplement with Lysine saw a dramatic reduction in their broken veins. Talk to your doctor if this can help you.
Arnica is a healing remedy recommended even by plastic surgeons and dermatologists for patients with this skin problem. Take Arnica supplements as per the guidance of a homeopath. You could even apply Arnica oil to the face and legs to heal the broken veins.
14. Apply vitamin K cream
Vitamin K is an important nutrient used by the body for many important functions including that of clotting blood. Apply 10% Vitamin K cream twice a day over the broken capillaries. This remedy can help to a great extent and fade redness and bruised appearance.
15. Grape seed extract
Grape seed extract supplements can also reduce and prevent broken capillaries formation. Regularly take the extract to see the results.