When you step in front of a mirror and look closely on the skin of your cheeks, nose, chin, and ears, you might notice red and blue blood capillaries. They have always been there, but when enlarged or dilated, they become more prominent and can be seen distinctively. Despite what the name suggests, they are not really broken. This phenomenon of enlargement of the blood capillaries is known as broken blood vessels/capillaries, spider veins, or telangiectasia. The reason why it is also called spider veins is because of the appearance of veins on the affected area, which is like a spider’s web. They will become white if you apply continuous pressure on them (1). While it does not cause any harm, there is a possibility it is happening because of some other skin condition. Whatever is the case, you will need these home remedies to get rid of broken blood vessels on the face and other vulnerable skin surfaces if you don’t want your skin’s appearance hindered.
While this is not dangerous in itself, this condition could be a symptom of scleroderma or dermatomyositis. So, it is advised to get it checked from your dermatologist if it persists for a long time (2).
Different abnormalities in the blood vessels cause broken blood vessels, and the reasons for these abnormalities are also various. Sometimes, the blood, which is carrying oxygen from lungs to different parts of the body, is pumped at a higher speed than usual, causing pressure in the arteries. This pressure causes the blood to enter smaller blood vessels called capillaries and arterioles. The function of these vessels is to supply oxygen to all the tissues in the body through the blood transferred to them.
Sometimes the blood flows directly from arteries to veins without going in the capillaries. This phenomenon is called arteriovenous malformations, and it causes the veins near the skin to look dark red in color. This is also a cause of broken blood vessels, and is known as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (3).
If you see this persisting for a long time, it could be hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia and it requires immediate medical care because this can cause severe bleeding (hemorrhage) once the pressure becomes too much. Nose bleeding is another common symptom of this condition and can affect your brain, liver, lungs, and other organs critically. There are 3 types of this condition, and all of them are severe. Some affect children, and others affect the adults, but all of them are acute and require medical attention (4).
What Causes Broken Blood Vessels on the Face?
If you are wondering about the causes of broken blood vessels on the face, hands, near ears, nose, and other places, look below for the common causes that can dilate the blood vessels under the skin. There are also some diseases that can cause broken blood vessels, which are mentioned under critical causes.
- Sun exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause your blood vessels to swell up and appear oddly dark. This is just temporary and can be treated easily with simple treatments at home (5).
- Pregnancy: Pregnant women can suffer from this because of the changes that their body is going through. This can last for some time even after pregnancy (6).
- Varicose veins: Varicose veins is a condition where your veins are twisted a little, which causes the pressure to increase inside them, making them appear darker (7).
- Genetics: As we discussed, genetics play a very important role in this condition. Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia is a very common example of this, which can cause broken blood vessels (8).
- Aging: Aging is a big factor of such small changes in the body. Any abnormalities in the blood vessels caused due to aging can cause telangiectasia (9).
- Nevus flammeus: This means birthmarks. There are two types of birthmarks, one is pigmented, and the other is red. The red birthmark is made up of blood vessels and may cause an appearance like telangiectasia (10).
- Ataxia–telangiectasia: It is a hereditary disease in children. It means uncoordinated walking and swollen blood vessels (11).
- Rosacea: This causes redness on the skin, especially face and can result in pimples, swollen blood vessels, and red spots on the skin (12).
- Sturge-Weber disease: This is a disease where the child will have a red port-wine stained birth mark on his/her skin (usually face.) This is usually accompanied with a poor nervous system (13).
- Cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita: It is a combination of three diseases and can be noticed in the child at birth. It’s related to skin and you will start noticing patches on the skin and dilated, surfaced blood vessels within the first year of the infant’s life (14).
- Xeroderma pigmentosa: In this disease, children inherit sensitive skin on the area around the eyes. This area is sensitive to ultraviolet rays and may appear to cause swollen blood vessels due to prolonged exposure to sunlight (15).
- Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome: This is a condition that causes hindrance in the progress of a child’s growth. It affects blood vessels, soft tissues, and bones (16).
- Bloom syndrome: Kids inherit this disease, which causes them to have a short stature and causes rashes on their skin due to sun exposure. This disease also heightens the risk of cancer in the children (17).
- Spider angioma: This causes a collection of blood vessels on the surface of the skin making it look oddly like a spider’s web (18).
- Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome): As we have already discussed, this is caused due to the malfunctioning of blood vessels. This will make the veins near the skin look strangely dark maroon in color due to increased pressure (19).
If you can notice any such abnormality, like broken capillaries on the face or prominent blood vessels on any part of the skin, you would definitely want to know if you are suffering from a disease or is it just something that can be treated at home. Well, to be sure, you can wait for some time while you use these home remedies to get rid of broken blood vessels and see if there is some improvement. If you see any improvement, then you are good However, if you don’t, then you should visit your dermatologist for further advice. We have also given some tips to help you hide the enlarged vessels that will hinder your appearance, especially on your face.
How To Get Rid Of Broken Blood Vessels On The Face And Other Sensitive Skin Surfaces?
The following remedies will only solve the problem for a short duration as this phenomenon is usually either hereditary or a part of some disease, and will only be treated when that disease is treated. If you notice the home remedies not working, then it is either because of a disease, which you don’t know you are suffering from, or it is hereditary. Below is a list of the tested home remedies to treat, soothe, and hide the dilated blood vessels:
1) Arnica Oil
Arnica oil is a very useful essential oil obtained from arnica, which is a perennial herbal plant from the sunflower family. It is usually grown in colder regions like North America, Arctic regions, and some part of Eurasia. This oil is considered poisonous if consumed in large amounts, so you need to be careful. Some people are allergic to this plant, so you need to check with your dermatologist before applying it on your skin. If you anyway apply it, and it causes irritation on the skin, it’s your cue to look for another home remedy (20).
Arnica oil is used to treat sore muscles, bruises, insect bites, boils, acne eruptions, etc. It is also found in some medicines used to treat skin diseases. There have been a couple of cases of the sweet syndrome caused due to continuous application of this oil on people allergic to it, so you should be highly careful if you continue using this (21).
2) Cold Press
Cold press is the answer to most skin problems that you can deal with at home. It is a really great way to reduce the inflammation caused due to a rash, insect bite, or any other reason. It is also known to constrict the blood vessels and reduce the pain of sore muscles. Cold press reduces the blood flow in the area it is applied on. This restricts the extra blood flowing in the vessels, making them look thinner and normal, the way they should (22, 23).
You can apply cold press to the affected area in many ways, like an ice pack, a cold spoon, a bag of frozen vegetables or meat, etc. Make sure that the frozen item and your skin do not touch each other, always wrap it in a cloth before applying on the skin, otherwise, it may cause damage to the skin and tissues under it. You can use this method several times a day but for short periods. The maximum time for cold therapy is 15-20 minutes in one go, no more. This remedy can be used to treat busted capillaries on the face and other parts of the body, rashes, sore muscles, bumps, etc. (24).
3) Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is also known as Aloe barbadensis, and it is a great wound healer. It looks like a cactus and is light green in color. It belongs to the Liliaceae family and is grown in tropical climates. You will easily find it growing in South America, Africa, and South Asia. It is no new name to the herbal remedy scene. Well, it has managed to land itself here, too. The gel obtained from aloe vera, known as the mucilage, has anti-inflammation, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and cell-stimulation properties. The cell-stimulation activity is the one that makes it a great home remedy to treat telangiectasia (25).
To apply aloe vera, you can cut the leaf open from one side and extract the gel from it. Wash the area before applying this gel topically. Rub the gel for a minute so that it is absorbed into the skin completely. Wash the gel off the affected area with a mild soap and pat the skin dry very lightly. Do this a couple of times every day and experience the results. Make sure to not apply it internally or on open cuts and wounds. For children, aloe vera should only be applied after talking to the doctor (26).
Sage is a Mediterranean plant, which is also known as Salvia officinalis by the scientists and researchers. You can find it growing in the fields of Europe, especially in Poland. The plant is gray colored and hairy with an aroma like camphor. The leaves of this plant contain a lot of components, which have various medicinal properties. Some of them are phenolic acids (rosmarinic acid,) triterpenes (ursolic and oleanolic acid,) essentials oil (monoterpenes,) and catechin-type tannins (salviatannin) (27).
These components give sage astringent, bactericidal, and anti-inflammatory properties. The astringent properties of sage are used for the skin to contract cells and tissues. In case of swollen blood vessels, the extract of sage is very useful to constrict the blood vessels and reduce inflammation, if any. Not only for broken capillaries on cheeks, you can use it anywhere to reduce the puffed up capillaries. Doctors have recommended that sage should not be used for the children below the age of 18 years, and for pregnant women, not much data is available on this topic (28).
The extract of the sage leaf might not be available that easily, and even if it is available, the potency is different. The safer way is to prepare sage milk at home and apply it to the affected area. For this, you will need about 4 tablespoons of dried sage, 200 ml of water, and 200 ml of milk. Boil the water with dried sage and turn off the flame. Let it steep for at least 10 minutes and strain this mixture. Discard the leaves and add milk to the water containing all the sage extract. Clean your face with this sage milk and leave it for 5 minutes. Wash with the remaining sage milk and then wash your face with cold water and a mild face wash. You can use this method several times a week till you experience results.
Found in almost every part of the world, this herb native to 3 different continents: Europe, Asia, and North America. The plant is very small in size with white-colored flowers and many leaves in the inflorescence. Scientists call it Achillea millefolium, but most people know it by its usual name ‘yarrow.’ It is full of essential oils containing sesquiterpenes, tannins (both condensed and hydrolysable,) α-pinene & β-pinene, sesquiterpene lactones, and flavonoids (luteolin, apigenin, isorhamnetin, rutin.) These components make yarrow an excellent astringent and anti-inflammation agent, which can safely be used on the skin. These properties also make it a wonderful remedy for broken blood vessels and any inflammation. Astringent components of yarrow help constrict any cells or tissues that it is applied on, so you can apply it directly on the skin and see its action. You must consult your dermatologist about any allergies before using this (29).
Looking for dried yarrow will not be very difficult as it is available in the market and even online. You will find the dried yarrow, which you can use to make a tea that can be applied topically. For this, you will need about 5 tablespoons of dried yarrow and 250-300 ml of water. Boil the water and put the dried yarrow in it. Turn off the flame and steep for 10-15 minutes. Drain and discard the yarrow. Cool the tea and wash your face with it for 5-10 minutes. Finally, wash it with cold water and a mild face wash. Pat dry with a clean towel.
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6) Ribwort Plantain
Also known as plantago lanceolata scientifically, ribwort plantain is a perennial plant from the family Plantaginaceae. Around the world, it is known as English plantain, narrowleaf plantain, ribwort plantain, ribleaf, and lamb’s tongue. It is a common weed, which is cultivated on the land and can be found in every part of the world, except places with extreme temperatures. This plant has big leaves that are lancet-shaped starting from the center and spreading in all directions making the whole plant look like a flower. The components, which contribute to the astringent, soothing, emollient, and anti-inflammatory properties are phenylethanoids (acteoside, plantamajoside,) mucilage polysaccharides, iridoids (aucubin and catalpol,) and tannins. The effect of this plant is so strong that it was considered as a competitor of the commercial medicines named hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone, and diclofenac. This can also be used on inflammation and poorly-healing wounds, apart from the dilated capillaries, for a soothing effect and to reduce inflammation (30).
You can either make ribwort plantain oil and apply it to your skin, or you can use it directly on your skin. To make the oil, you will need dried herb and olive oil. Crush the dried leaves and put them in a container. Pour olive oil over it so that all the leaves are submerged in the oil. Leave this oil for at least two weeks outside in the sun. Strain the oil and apply it on the affected area and leave it for an hour. After that, wash the oil off with water and a mild soap. Pat the skin dry with a soft and clean towel.
7) Oak Bark
Oak is a very famous tree in the wine and whiskey industry as the barrels, in which the alcohol ages, are made of oak wood. This tree is also known as its botanical name Quercus, and it is found in the northern hemisphere where the climate is cold. Oak trees grow in the mountain region of the tropical region as well. The oak tree, which is used the most for its medicinal properties, is English oak. The tannins present in the oak bark are of the highest importance for its therapeutic use. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used to treat broken blood vessels on the face and other parts of the body because it has the ability to compress the blood vessels, returning them to their original state. The swelling is also decreased because of the anti-inflammatory properties of this tree. It is also used to treat eczema and frostbite traditionally. There are different methods in which it can be used, like baths, poultices, topical rinses, etc. There have been allergic reactions reported by people after using oak bark on the skin, so you must consult your dermatologist before touching it to your skin. Doctors do not advocate the use of oak bark in any way for the children below the age of 18 years for more than a week (31).
You can procure oak bark from the market and get brewing to prepare a strong decoction, which can be used on the skin as a wash to cure and soothe swollen capillaries. Alternatively, you can also dilute it and use in baths to provide benefit to a larger area. It can also be frozen and used as a cold compress on the affected area for relief, especially in the case of swelling. The dried oak bark is best when you have to prepare the tea. Take about half cup of oak bark and 350 ml of water. Boil the water with the dried oak bark and let it steep for 20-30 minutes with low flame. Turn off the flame and drain the tea. Discard the bark and use this tea as the methods mentioned above to reduce the broken blood vessels.
8) Walnut Leaf
Not only walnut is good for your health by providing your body with the dietary fat it needs, but even its leaves have a lot of therapeutic uses. The walnut tree, also known as Juglans regia, is very popular in Poland, but it is cultivated in almost all the parts of the world with moderately cold climate. The tree is remarkable huge in size and monoecious nature. The leaves are oval and large, and contain the tannin content, making walnut leaves a very effective astringent. The leaves are also helpful in cases of mild and superficial inflammation. It is also used for dandruff, scalp itching, sunburns, and other skin diseases. Its effects are multiplied when used along with walnut tree (32).
You can prepare a cold compress or partial baths for the particular areas. It should not be applied directly to the skin because of the carcinogenic and mutagenic activity of the component juglone in the leaves. To prepare a cold compress or bath, you will need to make a tea out of the walnut leaves. For this, you will need dried leaves of walnut and 400-500 ml of water. More water is used in this recipe because of the strong components in the leaves. Boil the water with the leaves in it and steep for 10-15 minutes with the flame turned off. Strain this mixture and cool it down before using. Make sure to wash the area after the use with a mild soap and cold water.
9) Horse Chestnut Seed Oil
Horse chestnut tree is also known as the conker tree. It is a plant from the soapberry and lychee family, which bears flowers. Scientifically known as aesculus hippocastanum, it is a tall tree that can go up to 39 meters. The leaves are almost 30 cm long and are in the shape of a horseshoe. The oil of this tree’s seeds is available in the market, and is used to treat a lot of diseases like CVI (chronic venous insufficiency,) capillary fragility, to reduce swelling, etc. The main compound present in this oil is escin, which is a type of saponin. A study tested 65 different species of plants, and this one came out on top in terms of active oxygen scavenging abilities, which make it an excellent anti-oxidant and anti-aging plant. The oil is abundant in flavonoids that have a positive effect on the blood vessels. Prevention of capillary and reduction of swollen vessels make this one of the best home remedies to be used on busted blood capillaries (33).
It is very easily available in the market, and this oil can be used directly on the skin where you see the vessels have become more prominent than they should. Just massage some oil on the affected area for about 5-8 minutes and leave it overnight. In the morning, wash it off with cold water and a very mild soap or face wash. Be very gentle while washing and pat it dry with a clean, dry towel.
10) Grape Seed
Not only the fruit grape has the advantages of the tannins present in it, but the seeds of grapes are also very beneficial for various reasons. Do not just throw the seeds when you eat the grapes, but save them, as you might need them in future. Conditions like varicose veins might cause broken blood vessels, and grape seed and its oil are the perfect home remedy you are looking for. Seeds of grapes are rich in vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid, and anti-oxidants. Skin of grapes also contain these components but in negligible quantity. You have to eat tonnes of grapes to get the benefit. The type of anti-oxidants in the grape seeds curtails the inflammation by building up the connective tissue structure in the blood vessels. This secures the blood vessels in the body from free radical damage and bolsters up vitamin C synthesis, which forms up the collagen. Another advantage is that they make the walls of the blood vessels more elastic, which protects them against ruptures, hemorrhages, and infection (34).
Now that you know how good the grape seeds can be for spider veins and broken blood vessels, you would want to know how to leech out the benefits from it. The oil can be directly applied to the affected area twice a day and should be kept at least for an hour. If you have preserved the seeds at home, you can grind them and make powder, which can be consumed in your food. Just add the powder of grape seeds as a condiment over your food and consume it. We do not recommend chewing the seeds directly because they have a bitter taste but there has not been any reported damage of chewing them, so if you can bear the bitter taste, go for it. Just make sure that this remedy is not used with pregnant women, children below 16 years of age, breastfeeding mothers, and people who are on blood thinners (35). The following recipe of various ingredients, including grape seed oil, is wondrous if you massage it directly:
- 3 teaspoons grape seed oil
- 3 teaspoons jojoba oil
- 8 drops of your favorite essential oil (we used geranium)
- In a small dispenser bottle, tip in all these oils and shake vigorously to mix them nicely.
- Put some drops on your palm and rub both the palms together to generate some warmth.
- Carefully massage on the area where you see swollen capillaries or veins, but be gentle.
- Massage for 10 minutes and leave it for a couple of hours before washing it off. You can also leave it overnight to see better results.
11) Pine Bark
Just like oak bark, pine can also work wonders when used to treat dilated blood vessels. Pine is a coniferous and evergreen plant that has a collection of long, hard leaves, which make a cone. The timber from the tree is used to make furniture, and the pulp is used to produce tar and turpentine.
The bark of pine contains OPC (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complexes,) which are a type of anti-oxidants also present in the grape seed. All the plants and trees containing OPC are used to treat broken blood vessels, because with the usage of them, the blood circulation is enhanced, and the tissues in the walls of the blood vessels are repaired by OPCs.
Apart from this, the pine bark can also relieve swelling and tight calves. The proanthocyanidins in the pine bark attach to the collagen in the capillaries and other blood vessels to make them more elastic. This aids in promoting proper blood circulation and helps with blood pressure in the people with hypertension. The action of vitamin C and E is also strengthened by OPCs, which form the collagen (36).
You can buy the pine bark extract from the market. Just make sure it has no chemicals because it is very easy to extract the OPCs from the pine bark without the use of any chemicals. This extract can be applied directly on the affected area, or it can be taken orally as a dietary supplement.
Make sure you consult your physician before consuming it orally about the proper dosage and allergies. When applying it directly to the skin, use only a little, and if you feel irritation and a burning sensation, it means that you are allergic to it. If not, you can apply it to the area and massage for 5-7 minutes, and leave it for another hour to do the job. If you can’t find the extract of pine bark, you can prepare it at home by using the following recipe and use it the same way:
- A handful of pine tree bark
- 12 cups of water
- A cheesecloth
- Wash the pine bark nicely because you don’t want any foreign objects in the extract.
- In a pot, add 8 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
- Add the pine bark and cover the container so that no components escape.
- Simmer the mixture so that half of it remains.
- Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth and put the bark back into the container.
- Add the remaining 4 cups of water to the pot and simmer it covered till half of the liquid remains.
- Strain this liquid the same way as before by using cheesecloth,
- Now combine both the liquids and boil them till they remain ¼th of the original amount.
- Let this extract cool down and store it in a bottle.
- Use it as frequently as possible to massage on the skin.
12) Asiatic Pennywort
This herb belongs to a herbaceous, frost-tender perennial plant from the family Apiaceae and subfamily Mackinlayoideae. It is also known as Indian pennywort, centella, and centella Asiatica. Native to the wetlands in Asia, this herb is used as a vegetable and also as a therapeutic herb in Ayurveda, mainly for healing the wound faster. Its uses include the treatment of swelling, pain, fatigue, nausea, and fluid leakage from veins. This makes it the perfect fix for broken blood vessels and varicose veins, of which the broken blood vessels can be a part. The leaves contain triterpenes, which keep the blood vessels healthy and prohibit them from degenerating. The consumption of this herb is safe as deemed by doctors but you should check with your physician if you have any allergies or if you are on some medicine, especially liver related (37).
You can drink a tea made with Asiatic pennyworth, or use it as a wash on the patches of the skin affected with dilated blood vessels. The tea can be made using 1 teaspoon dried leaves of Asiatic pennyworth, 11/2 cup water, and 1 teaspoon honey if you don’t like the taste of the tea. Boil the water and add the dried leaves to it. Turn off the flame and steep for about 10-15 minutes to extract the triterpenes from the leaves into the water. Now strain the tea and discard the leaves. Drink this tea with honey if you can’t stand the bitter taste of it, but remember that this bitter taste is going to heal your blood vessels. You can drink this 2-3 times a day to experience the effects faster. To use this as a wash, you will need a more diluted version of this tea without honey. So, add about 3 cups of water to it and use it to wash the skin (38).
13) Fuller’s Earth
Fuller’s earth has been used in Indian folk medicine to treat a number of skin-related problems like blemishes, acne, patchy skin, tanning, etc. It’s also called bleaching clay and Indians know it as multani mitti, which is the Hindi term for it. It cleanses and tones your skin to make it look smoother and shinier. This clay comes in the form of pieces of rock or in powder form. It is abundant in calcium, but not the kind you can eat. Scientists have seen the effect of this clay on varicose veins, which is one of the reasons why your blood vessels can swell up. How it works is still not researched much, but it does work (39).
To use this clay, you need to prepare a face pack with 3 teaspoons of fuller’s earth (clay powder) and water. The water is to be used as per the clay’s consistency. In a bowl, make a smooth paste with the powder and water. Before applying this on your skin, consult your doctor if you have any allergies related to fuller’s clay or just apply a little and let it dry to see if any allergic reaction happens. If you’re good, apply this paste on your skin and leave it to dry, preferably overnight. Do not go to sleep before it is dried or you will mess up the sheets. In the morning, wash it off with cold water and pat the skin dry with a clean, dry towel. Do this for 3-4 days and see the change (40).
Calendula officinalis, also known as marigold, pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold, and Scotch marigold, is a flowering plant from the family Asteraceae. This plant is native to Southern Europe and it is used in gardens all over the world because of the beautiful yellow-orange flowers it bears. It grows in warm temperate regions like Asia, Africa, South America, etc. The flowers are full of flavonoids and triterpenes, which are highly important for the good health of blood vessels and getting rid of any diseases related to them.
It is anti-inflammatory, bleeding controlling, and its healing properties come in handy when tissue damage and veins degeneration are considered. It has also shown pain and swelling relief for varicose veins, or even completely ending varicose veins (41).
There are two ways in which you can use marigold:
- Marigold Paste: This paste will help you reduce the dilation in the blood vessels if you use it regularly for at least a week. You will need a handful of marigold flower petals, which need to be thoroughly washed. Grind these flower petals to make a paste out of them. Apply this paste on your skin directly over the broken blood vessels after washing the face and drying it. Let the paste dry and leave it to work overnight. Wash it with a mild soap in the morning, and pat dry with a clean towel (42).
- Marigold ointment: You can also make an ointment to apply to your face’s skin 2-3 times a day where the vessels appear very prominent. This ointment works really well because you don’t have to wash it off. You will need the following ingredients to make this:
- 2 hands full of marigold flowers, leaves, and stems.
- 500 grams of lard
- A 500ml jar with an airtight cap.
- Chop the leaves, flowers, and stems finely.
- Heat the lard and add the leaves, flowers, and stems in it.
- Stir the mixture continuously, so the marigold’s components are nicely released into the lard.
- Once the lard is heated up completely, remove it from the flame, cover it up, and let it rest for at least 24 hours.
- Heat the mixture a little after 24 hours have completed and strain it using a cheesecloth directly into the jar (43).
15) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most important items to keep at your home because it helps you get rid of a lot of diseases, including heartburn, Varicose veins, pain, inflammation, etc. It is also known as ACV, and it has components that can help in improving blood circulation. This helps in reducing the dilation and breaking of blood vessels as both of these are a result of poor blood circulation.
Most of the people are not allergic to any components of ACV as it is a very common ingredient in a lot of food preparations, and you must’ve had it at least once. So it is a very safe and impressive home remedy for swollen blood vessels.
There are different ways in which you can use apple cider vinegar. You can consume it directly with a glass of water or use it on your skin. Below are the different ways in which you can get the benefits of ACV:
- Drink a glass full of water with 2 teaspoons of ACV and repeat this 2 times every day.
- Take a gauze and soak it in ACV. Use it as a compress on the skin directly for 20-30 minutes.
- Take a piece of cloth and dip it in ACV. Place it over the affected area and rub it gently around it.
- You can also mix the concentrated ACV with your skin cream/lotion and use it as you would use the lotion otherwise. Mix both of them in equal quantities (44).
How To Hide Broken Blood Vessels
While these methods will work wonders, the ladies reading this might need a plan B till they are treated because there is no going to a party with a patchy and discolored skin like that. This plan B is makeup. While you are still treating this seemingly unpleasant condition and have a party to attend, these makeup tips will come in handy:
You’re all aware of what miracles foundation can do, but you might also be aware that it can only be used to hide very light marks and patches. As the dense cream and a compact foundation is just the first step in any makeup process, it is not very effective in hiding something too prominent, like very dark colored capillaries, as the color can be dark maroon to almost black. If this doesn’t work for your skin, keep reading further, there are better methods coming.
After applying the foundation, if you can still see the broken capillaries peeping through, then concealer is your go-to makeup kit item. The opacity of concealer is very useful here to cover the dark lines, and the lightness of it will not make it look like Crayola’s gang attacked your face. Just remember to spread it evenly over a large surface area so that it matches with the rest of the skin and doesn’t look like a patch of color on your skin. For this purpose, you may want to go and buy a creamy concealer if you don’t already have one because it works best in this scenario.
To pull this off, just use a brush or your ring finger as a brush and lightly dab the concealer on the area with prominent capillaries. If the area, where the vessels appear is large, you can use the pear-shaped sponge, which is used to apply foundation. Just remember to look for a shade that matches the color of the foundation that you are using under the concealer.
18) Color Corrector
You should use the color corrector only if the broken blood vessels are wide-spread all over a large patch of your skin and are making your skin look red in color. For this purpose, you will have to use a green color corrector, which is also sold in the market as ‘green concealer.’
This is not a rigid rule as every skin is of a different color and quality, even the color of the capillaries are different because of the different reasons that can trigger swelling up of blood vessels. Some have used light green, and it has worked perfect for them, while some people had to use darker color shades to make it work. If it is rather purple in color, you may want to use a more yellowish shade of green. If you are not sure about which color will work for you, you can always test the samples to see which one works better and then buy that color corrector. Make sure that you don’t use too much of it as this is the only type of concealer, which is used before applying the foundation, you can easily know when have used too much because if you have, it will shimmer through the foundation.
Do’s And Don’ts
The methods mentioned above will help you a lot in treating the broken blood vessels and make your skin look better. If you don’t want that sight to return, you might want to look at the list below, which will tell you what to do and what to avoid so that it doesn’t happen again.
- Shed that fat. Being obese never helps your body in any way.
- Eat a balanced meal. Fibrous fruits and vegetables will reduce the chances of blood vessels from swelling up.
- Put sunblock creams and lotions when you go out in the sun.
- Use mild soaps and/or cleansers on the face with fewer abrasives.
- Wear hats and sunglasses when you go to the beach or just out in the sun during the day.
- Exercise regularly, especially cardiovascular exercises because they help with blood circulation.
- Avoid consuming extremely cold or hot food items, or drinks.
- Avoid spicy food, alcohol, smoking, or anything that translates to an unhealthy lifestyle.
- Avoid being in extreme temperatures for a long time without covering your skin, be it too hot or too cold.
- Avoid going out in the sun without any protective layer on your skin, either clothes or sunscreens.
You have to understand that broken blood vessels can also be a serious disease that has been developing slowly in your body for a long time, or it can be just some glitch in blood circulation that can be treated with the methods mentioned above. No matter what kind it is, it is always a good idea to see a dermatologist if it stays for more than a week, even after using some home remedies. If it is happening because of varicose veins, xeroderma pigmentosa, klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, bloom syndrome, or any other disease that needs immediate medical attention, you should not take it lightly and consult a doctor immediately. The home remedies mentioned above should also be used with caution because you might not be aware of some of the allergies you may have related to the items used. It is always a good idea to apply a little on your skin to look for allergic reactions. In the end, be safe and be aware, never take things too liberally, they may be something way more critical than you think.