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Face Veins: Causes and Treatments

Don’t let face veins stand in your way of a clear, glowing complexion!

Spider veins are harmless, but for those who suffer from them, they can be unsightly and embarrassing.

Luckily, there are a number of scientifically proven solutions to treat, reduce, and eliminate the appearance of dilated or broken facial veins.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small, thin veins that are close to the skin’s surface.

They have more blood flowing through them compared to ‘normal’ capillaries, which leads to vessels dilating, making them appear more distinctive.

These thin, red veins can appear on any part of the body, but there are a number of lifestyle habits that can result in face veins, particularly around the nose and cheeks.

Spider veins aren’t painful or dangerous, but can be treated for cosmetic purposes. They are different to varicose veins, which usually appear on the legs and can cause pain, discomfort, aching, or itching.

Treatments To Target Face Veins

Discover Vitality’s treatments designed to target face veins, reduce redness, and improve your skin’s complexion.

What Causes Broken Capillaries on the Face?

Spider veins, red blemishes, broken capillaries – whatever you call them, face veins can be caused by a number of different lifestyle factors.


The vast majority of those who suffer from ​spider veins on the nose​ and face have a family history of them.

The exact cause or reason is still not known, however research has found a connection to a family history.

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Sun exposure

If you’re like most people, you’ve experienced sunburn at least once in your lifetime. When your skin burns, it can also peel. This means that blood vessels are temporarily more noticeable as the sensitive, burned skin heals.

Over time, prolonged or cumulative sun exposure can result in semi-permanent and
permanent face veins, particularly around the nose.

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Injury or skin trauma can damage skin vessels, resulting in permanently dilated red veins on the face.

Additionally, excessive pressure such as sneezing, coughing, and vomiting can burst capillaries, leading to thin red veins on the face.

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Similarly, the force of women pushing during childbirth can lead to burst capillaries that result in face veins.

Face veins can also be caused during pregnancy due to increased blood volume. They may fade following birth.

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Along with red face veins, the skin condition rosacea can also cause small, pus-filled red bumps. These flare-ups can sting and itch, while swelling is also a common symptom.

There’s no single cause of rosacea; many factors can lead to red, inflamed, and irritated skin. ​Find out more​ about the symptoms, causes, and treatments associated with this skin condition.

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Drinking alcohol causes your blood vessels to constrict, making it harder for your heart to pump blood around the body (and in turn increasing your blood pressure).

This can lead to not only spider veins, but can also restrict oxygen to cells, resulting in patchy or blotchy skin.

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How To Prevent Face Veins

While there’s no magic formula that ensures you’ll never develop broken capillaries on the face, there are some rituals you can add to your daily routine to help minimise the chance of their appearance.

extreme heat

Love standing under the shower, letting the hot water wash over your face? This could lead to broken capillaries! So too can hot baths, saunas, and even hot weather.

Wear sunscreen daily

Even if the forecast is cloudy, you’re still at risk of exposure to harmful UV rays. Ensure sunscreen is a mandatory part of your daily skin and make-up routine.

Wear protective headgear

Avoid trauma to the skin and face with protective headgear, such as helmets during sport. Injury and bruising can rupture capillaries, leading to prominent red spider veins on the face.

Monitor alcohol consumption

If your face (and hands and feet, too) get red, itchy, and swollen when you drink, consider limiting consumption. As mentioned above, excessive alcohol dilates your blood vessels leading to more visible red veins as well as flushed, patchy skin.

Get to know your medication

Speak to your doctor about certain types of medicines called vasodilators – these are medicines that dilate your blood vessels.

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Sick of Spider Veins?

While prevention may be better than cure, there’s certainly no denying that plenty of women aged anywhere from adolescence through to their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond, suffer from spider veins.

Today, clinically proven treatments are more accessible than ever! Vitality Skin and Laser is pleased to introduce you to our state-of-the-art treatments designed to minimise the appearance of spider veins and give you a smoother, youthful, and glowing complexion.

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