October 24, 2023
As a Master Esthetician with over 23 years of experience, I've seen my fair share of broken capillaries. These reddish purple veins can appear on the face for a variety of reasons - sun damage, rosacea, excessive scrubbing, even over-extraction. While stubborn, there are ways to reduce their appearance so they don't detract from your natural beauty. In this post, I'll share my pro tips and recommended treatments to help tackle broken capillaries head on.
Broken capillaries, also known medically as telangiectasia, are tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin that have become dilated or ruptured. This causes them to appear as tiny red, purple, or blue squiggly lines on the skin, usually on the nose, chin, cheeks, or chest. I often see them on clients who have done extractions at home, been out in the sun a lot, smoke or have rosacea. They can be mild or more severe depending on the cause and number of capillaries affected.
Broken capillaries have many causes, but these are the top offenders I see in my practice:
Genetics - Inherited fragile blood vessels put some people at higher risk.
Sun Damage - UV exposure weakens blood vessel walls over time.
Rosacea - Chronic redness and inflammation damages facial veins.
Lifestyle - Drinking alcohol and smoking lead to vein inflammation.
Skin Trauma - Harsh treatments, picking, injuries rupture capillaries.
Aging - Loss of collagen thins skin and makes veins more visible.
PRO TIP: Shield skin from sun damage, treat rosacea, avoid lifestyle triggers, and be gentle with your complexion. Genetics we can't change, but we can reduce other risk factors for capillaries with proper skincare.
While topicals alone won't completely eliminate broken capillaries, using products with certain ingredients can help reduce their appearance over time. Two of my favorites are:
Vitamin C: Builds collagen to plump up skin and makes capillaries less noticeable. The CBE Botanicals Triple C + Gold Serum is a great option since Vitamin C strengthens capillary walls.
I also suggest using LED light therapy. Our red LED treatment helps increase blood flow and circulation, which can help diffuse the appearance of broken capillaries over time.
While topical skincare products and in-office LED therapy can help reduce the appearance of broken capillaries over time, the most dramatic and effective way to completely eliminate broken capillaries is through professional medical treatments. Based on over 20 years of experience, I recommend considering the following options for the best results:
You can find Skin Classic practitioners via this map for electrodessication treatments to get rid of broken capillaries.
I recommend consulting with a qualified esthetician or dermatologist to determine which option(s) are best for your individual capillary concerns. Most clients benefit from a combination approach.
Treating broken capillaries often leads to many questions for my clients. Below I've answered some of the most frequently asked questions I receive about this common skin concern. Read on for more information about causes, treatment options, results expectations, prevention, and more when it comes to dealing with broken capillaries.
How can I prevent broken capillaries?
Prevention is key! Always wear broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen and protective clothing in the sun. Be gentle when cleansing and doing extractions to avoid rupturing capillaries. Manage skin conditions like rosacea through proper skincare and professional treatments.
Will broken capillaries go away on their own?
Sadly no. Once a capillary has ruptured, it won't heal without intervention. The good news is they can be treated!
How long does it take to see results?
It depends on the treatment. Electrodesiccation shows immediate results. Topicals and IPL may take 2-4 weeks. Laser treatment requires multiple sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Be patient, follow protocols, and you'll see improvements.
Can broken capillaries return after treatment?
There's always a chance of new capillaries forming, especially if you don't limit sun exposure or have rosacea. Stick to prevention measures and maintenance IPL or laser treatments as needed.
I hope these tips empower you to address broken capillaries like a pro! Join me in the Beauty Club if you have any other questions - I'm always happy to help clients achieve their healthiest, most radiant skin.
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