Blood vessels

Broken capillaries are most common on the skin of the face, where the skin is exposed to daily environmental toxins and chemicals from makeup, facial treatments and other damaging factors. There are several factors that cause broken capillaries, which include environmental and genetic factors, skin type and even natural ageing.

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What causes broken capillaries?

While people with fair skin are more prone to develop broken capillaries, especially on the face, almost anyone can suffer from this problem at one point or another.

Broken capillaries occur when the walls of the veins that carry the blood to the skin weaken, dilate and become more visible against the surface of the skin. The walls may become weakened from rapid expansion and contraction from tobacco and alcohol use, extreme temperatures, and from excessive scrubbing with harsh chemical cleansers.

Broken capillaries are more likely to occur in those with thin or sensitive skin or in people suffering from other skin problems like rosacea or severe acne.

What treatments are available for broken capillaries?

The KTP Laser is a very effective treatment for facial veins. During a laser treatment, light pulses are sent into the veins, which impede their blood flow and eventually destroys them. After several treatments, the affected veins collapse away from the surface of the skin, leaving it smooth and blemish free.