Broken capillaries mar your complexion just like other blemishes such as zits. They can appear on your nose, chin, and cheeks. The red zigzag marks are hard to cover with makeup and look unsightly. They can also occur on your chest, legs, and other areas of your body. In this article, we will explore how to prevent and erase broken capillaries.
9. What Are Broken Capillaries?
Broken capillaries are often called spider veins, but their medical name is telangiectasia. The tiny reddish or purple veins have a threadlike appearance and are located just below the skin’s surface. They occur when the blood vessels widen and then suddenly narrow, which causes damage.
The diluted veins do not disappear and are easy to see. They look like small blood spots or tiny tree branches.
8. What Causes Broken Capillaries?
Broken capillaries occur for a wide array of reasons, such as sun damage, skin aging, rosacea, and genetics. Sometimes the cause is unknown. However, if your parents have broken capillaries then you stand a good chance of also developing the condition.
The sun damages the capillaries. It is believed that the ultraviolet rays weaken the blood vessels in the skin and makes them move closer to the skin’s surface. Rosacea is another cause of broken capillaries. The inflammation in the skin from the condition is another contributing factor.
The older you get, the more likely you are to see broken blood vessels. This is probably because the aging skin is far weaker and thinner than young skin, which is plumped by collagen. When you are young, collagen is rapidly replaced, but aging and hormonal changes dramatically slow down collagen production, which thins the skin.