What Are Broken Capillaries?
Broken capillaries are weakened, dilated, or ruptured tiny blood vessels below the skin‘s surface. They are often seen on the face, especially around the nose and cheeks, and can look like small, red, or purple spider webs, or threads. Broken capillaries can be caused by exposure to extreme temperatures, allergies, rosacea, sunburn, or skin trauma.
What Do Broken Capillaries Look Like?
Broken capillaries appear as small red or purple lines, or clusters of small red or purple dots, on the skin. They look like spider webs, or thin threads, and can be seen on the face, especially around the nose and cheeks.
4 Causes of Broken Capillaries
1. Exposure to extreme temperatures
Prolonged exposure to hot or cold temperatures can cause broken capillaries.
Allergies can cause inflammation of the skin and can lead to broken capillaries.
Rosacea is a skin condition that can cause the skin to become inflamed and can lead to broken capillaries.
Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause the skin to become irritated and inflamed, leading to broken capillaries.
Treatment Options for Broken Capillaries
1. Laser treatment
Laser treatment is one of the most effective treatments for broken capillaries. A laser is used to target the broken capillaries and destroy them.
2. Intense pulsed light (IPL)
IPL is a type of light therapy that can be used to target and reduce the appearance of broken capillaries.
3. Topical creams
Topical creams containing ingredients such as Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Retinol can help reduce the appearance of broken capillaries.
4. Chemical peels
Chemical peels are a type of treatment that uses chemical solutions to remove the top layer of skin, which can help reduce the appearance of broken capillaries.
How to Cover Up the Appearance of Broken Capillaries
1. Use a green–tinted primer
A green–tinted primer can help neutralize the appearance of redness on the skin.
2. Use a color–correcting concealer
A color–correcting concealer can help cancel out any redness on the skin.
3. Use a light foundation
A light foundation can help even out the skin tone and cover up any broken capillaries.
4. Set with a powder
A translucent powder can help set the makeup and make it last longer.