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Broken Capillary

Beauty Glossary: Broken Capillaries

Ever wonder what those tiny red threads around your nose are, what causes spider veins, or red, uneven cheeks? All of these red marks that effect us cosmetically have something to do with your capillaries. A capillary is the smallest type of blood vessel in the body. When the walls of the blood vessel narrow and then widen too quickly, the muscles tear and cause leakage — hence, turning the skin visibly red.

Weak blood vessels are common in thin and reactionary skin. They are often inherited, and unfortunately, broken capillaries become more apparent as we age. Anti-redness products are recommended, as they soothe irritation and strengthen the walls of your blood vessels. Also, more aggressive treatments like laser light therapy and sclerotherapy are available to help build up the capillary walls and calm inflammation.

For tips on what to dodge if you're someone with broken capillaries, read more.

  • Extreme conditions such as sauna's, bathtubs, long showers, hot compresses,thermal facial masks, severe cold and high winds are a don't. They'll irregulate your circulation, which needs to remain balanced.
  • Don't pick, squeeze or apply excessive pressure to your face. This will only aggravate your already inflamed skin.
  • Steer clear of tanning beds and never go in the sun without proper suncream.
  • Spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol can exacerbate the look of broken capillaries since they can typically increase blood circulation in the face.

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