Because it’s easy to damage these tiny vessels near the surface of the skin, they are quite common and could appear as early as your 20s from things like scrubbing the face too hard, using hot water on the skin, or excessive sun exposure, to name a few.
Depending on your age, if you have mild to moderate signs of dilated capillaries, here are some topical treatments that could help get the red out, as reported by In Style magazine.
In Your 20s
In your 20s the capillary damage will be minimal, making it easier for inflamed skin to return to normal within a short period of time. Applying a gentle anti-inflammatory moisturizer containing ingredients such as licorice root every day and a calming, clay-based mask once a week will help minimize the look of broken veins. Applying a daily sunscreen is important too!
In your early 30s you may need to add a more powerful anti-inflammatory to your routine. Look for creams containing willow bark. The skin requires more hydration at this age, so look for a lotion with omega fatty acids and shea butter. For acute flare-ups, products with hydrocortisone provide quick relief (such as Clinique’s Redness Solutions Urgent Relief), but they should not be used every day since they may actually stimulate the condition over time and they will make the skin thin.
In Your 40s
In your 40s capillaries can be permanently dilated by free-radical damage and the redness becomes more visible. Applying a caffeine based serum under your daily moisturizer and sunscreen constricts the blood vessels. For immediate calming, apply a rich coating of a creamy mask made with vitamin B5 to help repair damaged tissue – try Chantecaille Jasime and Lily Mask.
In Your 50s
At this age, hormonal changes make the skin thinner and drier so capillaries flush and break more easily. Dilated capillaries are more pronounced and irritated and much more pronounced. Look for creams that combine potent antioxidants (like white tea) with soothing moisturizers (like aloe vera). This combination of soothing and moisturizing clams the skin and leaves it hydrated. Add extra moisture to the skin at least once a week with a mask rich in essential oils.
For more information on signs, symptoms and treatments for dilated capillaries, read our article Seeing Red!
- Seeing Red! Treatment Dilated Facial Veins (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Photo Facials (healthyskinsolutions)
- Professional Treatment of Sun Damaged Skin (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Covering the Signs of Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Living with Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
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