Broken blood vessels (also called dilated capillaries) are visibly enlarged blood vessels that appear on the face. When capillaries in the blood vessels break, they often show as clusters with red, purple or pink hues. This is similar to spider veins or varicose veins found on the legs. When a large number of capillaries are clustered together, they can appear as a red patch or a bruise that does not heal.
Broken blood vessels can appear in all ages, genders and skin types, but certain factors do increase your chances of experiencing this issue.
If you have a family history of broken blood vessels, you have a higher risk.
Excessive sun damage can weaken blood vessels, making them more susceptible to dilating or breaking.
Injuries to the skin can cause broken blood vessels.
Our skin becomes weaker and thinner as we age, making it prone to injury. Also, collagen loss from aging can make veins more visible on the skin’s surface.
This skin condition can make the veins around the nose and cheeks more visible and prone to broken vessels.
Alcohol can cause blood vessels to dilate, increasing their chances of breaking. Smoking can also cause inflammation in your veins.
Laser photorejuvenation is an effective treatment for broken blood vessels. Photorejuvenation is a pulsed light treatment used to improve the appearance of broken blood vessels and other discoloration issues.
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