Rosy cheeks are not always a good thing. When redness under the skin becomes splotchy and hard to cover up with makeup, then facial veins, or “broken blood vessels”, can be a problem.
Let’s first talk about prevention. Permanently visible facial capillaries can occur from any type of recurrent trauma to the skin. The sun is the most common cause for such trauma, so wearing at least an SPF 30 sunscreen on a daily basis is crucial.
Physical trauma and local irritation can also cause facial blood vessels to become visible. However, they become less discernible when applying topical serums and creams that contain antioxidants. The antioxidants have a calming effect that soothes irritation and prevents the development of redness.
For people who have had facial blood vessels for years, I also recommend not scrubbing your face or using abrasive cleansers. You want to use a cleanser that will clean and remove dirt or traces of makeup, but not irritate or inflame the skin.
Finally, there are several in-office laser treatments that can remove the appearance of the blood vessels. Once the previous blood vessels are treated, the focus will then be continued prevention.
As we have discussed many times previously in this blog, facial veins or broken capillaries are also a common effect of the medical condition called rosacea. The preventive and topical recommendations are the same except for the addition of vitamin K cream. More updates will come your way in a future post.
Until next time,
John Burke MD