Spider veins can range in color from purple, red and even blue. They get their name from their appearance when seen through the skin. Although they are commonly found in the legs, they can also develop on the face. There are several known causes for this condition, which is often times considered unattractive.
The Aging Process
Spider veins usually begin to appear on the faces of mostly women when they begin to reach their later years. These are veins and blood vessels that have been injured and dilated in some way. When many women begin to age, the strength of the walls of these veins and blood vessels begins to deteriorate. That, along with the weakening and thinning of the skin, is what makes spider veins visible.
Another contributing factor is the hormonal changes that occur in women as they begin to age. These hormonal changes are believed to cause the wearing down of the blood vessels in the face. Sometimes, sagging and thinning skin due to aging adds to the appearance of them.
Deficiencies in the Veins
There are several reasons for flaws or deficiencies in the veins. Sometimes it’s due to high blood pressure that causes the veins in the face to become inflamed, and noticeably so.
Other times, the problem might be obesity or a sudden weight gain that puts pressure on the walls of the veins and causes inflammation. Sometimes spider veins can also be caused by scrubbing or rubbing the face too hard when washing over an extended period of time.
Whatever the cause, the main problem is the buildup of pressure in the veins. It’s the pressure against the walls of the veins that make them visible through the skin.
Sun Exposure and Pollutants
Constant and excessive exposure to direct sunlight on the face can cause spider veins. This is especially true when temperatures are at their highest during the Summer months and if sunscreen has not been applied to the face. Too much direct sunlight on the face can cause capillaries to break, especially directly underneath the eyes.
We all know that smoking is bad for our health, and many times the effects of it are visible on the face. The carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke causes extensive damage to the veins and arteries of the body. It’s just that it can be most noticeable on the face, which is always exposed to the public. Smoking also causes premature aging of the body. This includes the skin as well. When the skin ages and begins to thin, spider veins are more visible.
Treating Your Facial Veins
There are other reasons for the appearance of spider veins on the face. Whatever the cause, spider veins are treatable. A consultation with our expert at the South Texas Vein Institute will provide a better understanding of the individual cause of your spider veins and the appropriate treatment option. Our office is located in Edinburg. Contact us today to book your appointment!