Besides acne, rough skin, and dull skin, redness and spider veins are among the top ranks in displeasing skin conditions. Even though it has no effect on overall health, many people complain about this. Actually, what s spider vein? why does spider vein appear and how to get rid of spider vein?
Spider Veins Definition
Spider veins is a condition that refers to a red, purple, or blue "web" that appears on the surface of the skin. Spider veins can be present anywhere including on the facial area such as cheeks which make them noticeable.
In medical term, spider veins are referred to as telangiectasia, which are dilated or ruptured blood vessels that are located near the surface of the skin or mucous membranes. Telangiectasia often appears as fine pink or red lines that may whiten temporarily when pressed.
The Cause of Spider Veins Appearance
In general, there are many different causes of telangiectasia. One of them is connective tissue disease. In addition, light-skinned people are more likely to experience this condition in areas of the face or body that have chronic damage, such as bursting of small blood vessels due to sun exposure.
Plus, spider veins can appear in pregnant women and people with any of the following conditions are more likely to develop telangiectasias:
Someone who has rosacea sub type 1 - erythematotelangiectasis tends to develop spider veins along with a redness (erythema). In addition, papules, pustules or burning skin feeling sometimes approach this type of rosacea.
Using of certain topical creams
Risk Factor of Spider Veins
Factors that can increase a person's risk of developing spider veins include:
Genetics: Nearly ninety percent of people with telangiectasia have a family history.
Woman: Spider veins tend to be more common in women than men.
Excessive pressure on the face: This can be caused by vigorous coughing, sneezing, or vomiting. Some women may develop spider veins on the face after "pushing" during delivery.
Sun Damage: Ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage the skin and cause burst blood vessels or telangiectasia, especially on the face.
Treatment for Spider Veins
If you go to IORA Clinic and ask how to get rid of spider veins, our doctors will offer you several options, including:
Baby botox involves injecting into a specific area which is able to relieve the erythema or redness and also the webbing within a few days after the procedure. The procedure usually takes around 15 minutes with a numb cream.
Harnessing the energy of light waves, the laser aims to selectively heat the protein responsible for blood's red color and close dilated blood vessels. So, superficial facial telangiectasia can be treated with a laser. Besides, repetition treatment may be recommended to achieve pleasant result.
Note: The doctor will suggest the treatment depending on individual conditions. Some cases of spider veins can be removed with one treatment and some other cases sometimes require a combination of treatments.
Tips on preventing spider veins and redness
Here are tips on preventing spider veins and facial redness that you can do:
Protect your skin from sun exposure by applying sunscreen and wearing sunglasses or a hat when doing outdoor activities
Use a mild face cleanser (no dyes or fragrances)
Minimize exposure to extremes of hot or cold temperatures
Avoid using topical steroids cream