Skin Conditions

Broken Capillaries

Broken capillaries are tiny, dilated vessels, which are visible on the surface of the skin and are usually red or purple in appearance. The term is most often used when referring to small broken veins on the face, specifically around the nose and on the cheeks. They are often referred to as spider veins.

What causes Broken Capillaries?

Broken capillaries can appear for no reason at all, although there are certain factors which are linked to them. Genetics are thought to play a part as well, as hormonal changes in the body, such as during pregnancy, and the ageing process. Alcohol is also attributed with the formation of broken capillaries; particularly on the cheeks or around the nose, known as drinkers nose. Other factors include trauma to the skin, sun burn and medical conditions like rosacea.

Where can you get Broken Capillaries?

Broken capillaries are most commonly found in the face, particularly on the cheeks and nose.

Who can get Broken Capillaries?

Anyone can get broken capillaries but their incidence increases with age. People who consume a lot of alcohol are more susceptible.

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