Causes of Spider Veins
Medically, spider veins are known as ‘telangiectasia’ or a condition of broken capillaries caused by dilation of minute veins which lie beneath the skin. They normally look like a blue and red colored spider’s web which is how it gets the name ‘spider veins’. They are not very dangerous and do not cause any physical harm. Spider veins on a the face are primarily seen on the person’s cheeks and also on the nose. Spider veins are either caused by inherited or acquired factors. On the body, they are generally caused by puberty, trauma, pregnancy, a hormonal imbalance or chemotherapy among many other factors. Causes of Spider veins on the face, particularly on the cheeks or the nose is due to excess exposure to the sun, the cold or radiation or old age. Acne rosacea is also known to cause spider veins on the parts of the face that usually blush.
Treatment for Spider Veins on Face
There is more than one road to take with regards to treatment for spider veins on face. Treatments involving lasers or pulsed light are the most popular ways to get rid of spider veins on face. The abnormal veins are selected and destroyed by the heat emitted from the laser or the intense pulsed light. The recovery time from such treatments is minimal and results begin to show almost immediately. Electrodessication, a method where an electric current is used to cause the veins to swell, shut and shrivel away has also been seen to be a successful method in treating spider veins on the face. The above three treatments can be used for all types of skin. In general around 65% to 85% of the spider veins permanently fade away. Care must be taken to avoid the prevailing causes to steer clear of recurrences. With the right precautions side effects such as discoloration of the skin or even inflammation can be avoided.
Natural spider vein treatment would take longer to show results but is definitely a safer and more holistic method of treatment. Application of cider vinegar, vitamin e oil, rosemary oil or witch hazel tea on the affected areas is a good home remedy. A hot bath with Epsom salt twice a week has also shown good results. Consumption of 300ml carrot juice along with 200ml spinach juice is also beneficial to get rid of spider veins on face. Some yoga postures also temporarily drain the blood from the legs and reduce the pressure sustained by the veins.