How To Prevent And Diminish Broken Facial Capillaries

LeafAlthough broken Capillaries on face is not considered to be a dangerous health issue, it can be really problematic in terms of the skin’s appearance.

Broken blood vessels show a definite preference for the female population, so what can we do to prevent, diminish and even to get rid of broken facial capillaries?

In this article, you can also find all that you need to know about broken capillaries such as what broken vessels are, how they are created, what the reasons for their appearance are and more.

What are Broken Capillaries or Vessels?

To be precise, capillaries break only when the skin is injured and gets bruised. The microscopic capillary vessels through which the microcirculation function takes place are not visible since they are under the skin.




They are visible to the naked eye when we have the so called spider veins or else broken capillaries that are in fact dilated or enlarged capillaries. These ¨broken¨ capillaries can be found either on the face or the body.

What are the Common Locations for Facial Broken Capillaries and how do they look like?

Facial broken capillaries can be commonly seen on the nose, under the eyelids, on the cheeks, chin as well as the base of the neck. They either look like a red spreading of cells or like spider like arteries.

They most often appear on people with a fair skin tone and thin skin. Their colour is usually red and less often blue.

How are Broken Blood Vessels Formed?

The walls of the capillary vessels are naturally very flexible. The sudden contractions and expansions that may take place though, together with certain other factors, contribute to negatively affecting collagen, which results in the thinning of these walls, loss of elasticity and a permanent condition of the walls being stretched.

That is how those thread like capillaries become visible to us in the form of broken vessels or capillaries.

Causes of Broken Capillaries

The reasons of the damage of those capillary vessels and the appearance of broken capillaries are many. Let’s have a look at some of them:

  • Hereditary predisposition.
  • Photo-aging mainly due to excessive exposure to the UV sun radiation.
  • Exposure to sources of heat.
  • Very hot showers.
  • Spicy foods.
  • Intensive exercise.
  • Overconsumption of alcohol.
  • Often use of cortisone.
  • Use of contraceptive pills.
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Rosacea and some autoimmune diseases.
  • Skin wounds that can be caused by abrasive beauty techniques such as mechanical exfoliation or even hair waxing and removing hair with tweezers.

Can we Get Rid of Broken Capillaries?

The truth is that when these broken blood vessels become visible, it is almost impossible to get rid of them just using cosmetic products.




For broken capillaries’ treatment, you need the help of a dermatologist, of a plastic surgeon or a vascular surgeon (different techniques are applied such as laser treatments.)

Tips to Prevent and Reduce Broken Capillaries on the Face

  • Wash your face with cool or lukewarm water: High temperatures increase blood flow and make the capillary vessels suddenly stretch out.
  • Avoid using harsh cleansers and mechanical exfoliation products: Rubbing the skin firmly is one more cause of the appearance of broken facial capillaries.
  • Always moisturize: A dry or dehydrated type of skin is more vulnerable to the sudden changes of temperature which can trigger facial capillaries’ burst.
  • Use skin care products with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients: Choose facial products which contain ingredients that are soothing to the skin and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, ingredients that stimulate microcirculation and reinforce the walls of those capillary vessels. Examples of such components are aloe vera, chamomilla, azulene, seaweed extracts, white tea, grape seed oil and more.
  • Keep your skin care products in the fridge: That way, the cooling effect that face products such as moisturizers, creams, lotions, serums and masks offer to your skin will soothe the redness of your complexion.
  • Avoid overexposure to the sun: Especially if you have a genetic predisposition to spider or varicose veins, you should avoid over exposing yourself to the sun and always wear a sunscreen. A sunburn from UVB sun rays or just the heat that IR rays emit can very easily lead to the development of varicose veins.
  • Mild exercise is the best: Go for milder types of exercise such as swimming, walking or yoga, and avoid those intense workouts that cause intense sweating and facial redness.
  • Look for the cause: If your broken capillaries have appeared a little after you started taking birth control pills, then ask your gynaecologist for further guidance.
  • Go for a diet that is rich in antioxidants: Fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids will boost collagen production and keep capillary vessels flexible and healthy.
  • Reduce or stop smoking: The chemical substances that are contained in cigarettes make microcirculation difficult and multiply those broken vesssels.

In conclusion, learning more about broken vessels including tips on how to prevent and get rid of broken facial capillaries can help you deal with this condition successfully.