Broken Blood Vessels on Face - The Dermatology Review

Broken Blood Vessels on Face



Broken blood vessels are a part of life that many people have to deal with as they age. The technical term for these broken blood vessels on face is telangiectasia rosacea and it can be hereditary. In their simplest form, broken blood vessels on face, or anywhere else on your body, are tiny capillaries close to the surface of the skin that break after dilating from too much. Unfortunately, once broken blood vessels appear, it may be very difficult to get rid of them. These broken capillaries make the face look like it is slightly bruised and cause you to look older than you really are. But don’t despair, although broken blood vessels on face may not be easy to treat, there are solutions out there that can address the problem and give you healthy skin.

Take a look at  Advanced Dermatology Skin Care regimen. It is a great treatment option for broken capillaries.

Why We Get Broken Blood Vessels on Face

Because these blood vessels are so thin, they are very easy to break. Broken blood vessels on face can be caused by scrubbing the face too hard, using the wrong face exfoliator, or for rinsing the face with excessively hot water. Excessive sun damage may also cause broken capillaries and lead to unsightly red spots on face. Pregnancy and childbirth are also associated with broken blood vessels on face, due to increased blood pressure. Some birth control pills will also cause blood vessels to break as well as some estrogen therapies.

Broken Blood Vessels on Face

Age contributes to the likelihood of getting broken blood vessels on face, because as we get older, our body becomes more prone to damage. Decades of sun exposure without proper sun screen, poor diet and declining health all affect the body’s ability to regenerate itself, and capillaries become weaker in the process.

When Alcohol Causes Broken Blood Vessels on Face

Broken blood vessels on face can also be caused by the consumption of too much alcohol, because alcohol increases blood pressure, causing veins to dilate. This is especially detrimental over the long term. When the capillaries dilate repeatedly, they eventually lose their ability to contract. Eventually, they show up as broken blood vessels on face or other parts of the body.

Minimizing the Risk of Broken Blood Vessels on Face

While it is not possible to completely avoid broken blood vessels, there are several ways to minimize the risk. The first way to avoid breaking capillaries is to wash your face lightly with warm water, not hot water. Secondly, stay out of the sun or apply sunscreen, especially to the cheeks and around the eyes where capillaries are more likely to break.

Other steps to prevent broken blood vessels on face include limiting alcohol consumption and eliminating hot showers or baths. Many people think that they only need to be careful with the water temperature when they are using a facial cleanser during their skin care routine, but completely forget about their time in the shower. If your showers tend to be with very hot water, then the combination of water and hot steam may also cause damage over the long term, as they force capillaries to expand.

Treating Broken Blood Vessels on Face with Medical Lasers

Fortunately, there are treatments that will reduce the signs of broken blood vessels on face. One of the most common treatments is with lasers. This type of treatment works when the skin absorbs the light from the laser and destroys the capillaries. The capillaries do not disappear immediately, but are absorbed and dismantled by the body.

When laser treatments are conducted to get rid of broken blood vessels on face, most physicians will anesthetize the skin. Then the laser is applied, which will treat the broken capillaries and not damage the rest of the face. Some people do experience some side effects, like blistering or redness. Fortunately, these side effects diminish in a few short days. Since laser treatments are considered a form of plastic surgery, it is a good idea to only have a licensed physician.

Take a look at  Advanced Dermatology Skin Care regimen. It is a great treatment option for broken capillaries.

  • pattyperry 01.18.19 Reply

    hi ,I’ve had these broken vessels all over my chest and arms and now I’m staring to get them on my lips and I found them the hard way because I had chapped lips and wiped them and blood started pouring out of my lip so now im wondering what I can do because every time my lips are dry I always worried that I’m gonna make them bleed what should I do about this please helpe?thank you
    sincerely Patricia Ann Perry

  • Maggie 09.28.17 Reply

    I have had broken vessels on both sides of my nose and my face. I thought it was from consuming too much alcohol, now I’m not so sure. I quit drinking 5 months ago and they’re still there. I was looking for something natural to treat it.

  • Kyla 03.12.16 Reply

    My only suggestion is to try to find a makeup that works for you…I’ve used bare minerals for years and I can tell you it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything! And they’re concealer has perfect coverage. Really makeup is the cheapest and fastest way to deal with it!

  • Leslie 03.14.15 Reply

    Please look at the serious, serious side effects of lasers on the face before thinking of this treatment! Google “IPL scarring” or “laser scarring” and you will find countless horror stories.

    Good luck, everyone.

  • Margaret 03.06.15 Reply

    I’ve had broken blood vessels on my cheeks and forehead since I was probably around 3 1/2. I got sick and had a high fever and vomiting.. Now everything I get a fever or vomit from being sick I get more. The ones on my cheeks seem to fade after the fever and vomiting stop but the ones I get on my forehead don’t.. I would prefer natural remedies, but at this point I’m willing to try anything. I don’t wear face make-up to conceal the blood vessels, as I can’t stand the feeling of make-up on my face.. Any suggestions?? Thank you!!

  • Linda 02.03.15 Reply

    Thought this was due to high blood preasure , Diagnosed at the age of 25 now almost 50 ,first thought it was due to throwing up from raising 2 teenagers . I no longer throw up ,still worry everyday , but why the broken blood vessels get worse?
    Any Advise ?

  • Anonymous 10.21.14 Reply

    I get HORRIBLE broken blood vessels on my face after vomiting. they stay for days and even weeks. but this time it’s a lot worse and I don’t know what to do! I look like I have a purple specks on my face. makeup just doesn’t cover it up!

  • Kaylee 08.21.14 Reply

    I have had broken blood vessels on one side of my face ever since I was in fifth grade. I always thought they would go away with time, but I realize they won’t. Thinking about getting treated for it since I’m so young still.

  • Barb 08.14.14 Reply

    You will not have any down time. I have done this several times, and it is effective after several treatments. You might look sunburned for the first day, and going out in the sun the first day can be uncomfortable because this is a heat treatment. Wear sunscreen after and maybe makeup to reduce redness if you don’t want anyone to notice a reddening in your face. No big deal at all.

  • John Slattery 03.05.14 Reply

    I have embarrassing red veins on my cheeks and nose and wonder if it is possible for me to have them removed in Ireland. I am 69 and have spent my working life outdoors, but my father and aunt both had the same so it’s hereditary. My grandchildren ask me what happened to my face. I do not have Rosacea but have sun damage. Help save my embarrassment!!! John

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