Telangiectasia (a.k.a. spider veins and broken capillaries) are dilated small vessels near the surface of the skin. Typically, they are caused by sun exposure or inflammatory conditions (such as acne or rosacea); mine are due to rosacea. Therefore, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to treat them. As always, I’m more than delighted to share my finds with you! Here are the Five Best that I have come across for treating facial broken veins.
LED light. The key weapon in my arsenal is LED (light emitting diodes). There’s actually a plausible explanation as to why this should work. Hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying pigment in red blood cells, absorbs light within a specific range of wavelengths (500 - 600 nm). Under high-energy light, the dilated vessels heat up, close and eventually fade away. So, get out those Baby Qs or Ultra Renews.
Arcona Desert Mist
Arcona Desert Mist ($32). This is a very lightweight, liquid gel with surprising hydrating powers. Witch hazel is a dominant ingredient and gives Desert Mist its distinctive scent – which I happen to like, by the way. Witch hazel is often regarded as a little more than an astringent, but there’s way more to it than that. It also constricts blood vessels, making it helpful in reducing broken veins. Desert Mist has glutathione, which works in DNA synthesis and repair, protein and prostaglandin synthesis, and amino acid transport.
E’shee Cellular Repair Serum
E’shee Cellular Repair Serum ($179 in the shop). This serum is hugely beneficial for rosacea, broken veins and deep wrinkles. The key active is the cutting edge FGF1 (a Recombinant Human Acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor). Fibroblast growth factors, or FGFs, are a family of growth factors involved in angiogenesis and wound healing. FGF1 is rather bossy and tells other FGFs what to do. It signals FGF2 to get on with fibroblast growth and collagen production, hyaluronic acid and elastin, while getting FGF7 busy with hair follicles and growing hair. FGF7 is also responsible for keratinocyte resulting in rejuvenated skin.
Prana AU 24K Gold Serum
Prana AU 24K Gold Serum ($96). This skin soother comes with its own gold. Real flakes (mined in Germany, no less). Gold is supposed to stimulate blood flow and oxygen. Gold certainly has anti-inflammatory activities and may boost collagen III. Prana calms redness and minimizes broken veins – whether this is due to the gold, I cannot say. I also attribute AU 24K’s success to its many other actives, especially the peptides. There’s that good old collagen builder Matrixyl 3000, as well as Matrixyl, and two peptide expression line inhibitors, pentapeptide-18 and acetyl hexapeptide-8.
Sevani Advanced Complexion Corrector
Sevani Advanced Complexion Corrector ($39 in the shop). If you’re in need of something to correct red, flushed skin and even take down some broken capillaries, Sevani’s Advanced Complexion Corrector is one of the bargains of the year. I find it a useful go to when my complexion looks angry and out of sorts. I like that it is a light spray and I am not slathering on yet another cream. Niancinamide has been shown in studies to reduce rosacea. Licorice is another useful ingredient – the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology reported that licorice is an effective treatment for rosacea, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and drug-induced skin eruptions.