Broken Capillaries on Your Face: We Know How to Get Rid of Them!

October 22, 2021Notino
Turning red is not such a bad thing when it’s a reaction to a nice compliment. But what about the tiny red capillaries that can sometimes appear on your face and make it look less than stunning? Broken capillaries or couperose happen when small blood vessels lose elasticity and their walls get thinner. So how can you prevent couperose and reduce your broken capillaries once they show up?

How Do Broken Capillaries Happen? 

Red broken capillaries in the face usually occur when your skin starts to age – which means it’s good to look out for them once you’re over the age of 30. The walls of your blood vessels slowly lose their natural elasticity, the blood vessels themselves widen and start to break. This can be seen on your face in the form of broken capillaries (sometimes in the shape of a spiderweb) and even skin redness. Couperose obviously comes down to genetics, but it also results from our lifestyle choices. 

What Might Cause Broken Capillaries on Your Face?

  • Genetics – Do you have a relative who suffers from broken capillaries? Then you’re more likely to develop them too.
  • Hormonal changes – Broken capillaries might also appear during pregnancy, puberty or menopause, or even as a result of taking hormonal contraceptives.
  • Skin disease – Wide capillaries often go hand in hand with other skin problems such as rosacea and eczema. 
  • Sunlight – Another good reason to use a product with SPF all year round. 
  • Heat and cold – If your skin is prone to widened and broken capillaries, it probably doesn’t like heat, extreme cold, or abrupt changes in temperature. 
  • Drinking alcohol and smoking 
  • Other external factors – for instance spending time in a polluted environment. 


How to Prevent Broken Capillaries? 

If you want to make sure your skin stays gorgeous and free of any broken blood vessels for as long as possible, follow a few basic rules and make sure that your lipstick is the only red accent on your face! What Do You Need to Know?

  • If your skin is sensitive to extreme temperatures, avoid hot baths, sauna, steam treatments and tanning beds – but also remember not to keep your jade rollers in the fridge.
  • Use a good SPF product on a regular basis, all year round.
  • Do not try chemical peels or mechanical exfoliation – Sensitive skin requires a more gentle exfoliating treatment, for instance an enzyme peel. 
  • Try avoiding foods that cause your capillaries to widen. These include spicy dishes, alcohol and coffee. 
  • Aim to reduce your stress levels as much as possible.
  • Don’t forget to take care of your skin, keep it clean and use quality cosmetic products!


What to Do with Broken Capillaries on the Face?

Even when you’ve already developed a few broken capillaries, it’s not the end of the world. The right lifestyle and quality products will help you at the very least reduce their appearance. 

Choose cosmetics for sensitive skin, always pay attention to your skin type and be sure to include products with hydrating ingredients. 

A great product for reddened and sensitive skin is Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream With Microbiome Technology. This cream provides a dose of hydration to prevent redness and broken capillaries. FlosLek Laboratorium Dilated Capillaries is another cream that shows great results in targeting broken capillaries in the face. 

If your skin is especially sensitive, try the lovely soothing effect of the Alcina For Sensitive Skin strengthening cream with calendula and horse chestnut for broken capillaries. 

Looking for a cream that offers a hydrating and soothing effect along with sun protection? Then you’ll love the Iwostin Capillin which prevents broken capillaries and instantly optically reduces redness thanks to a green tint. 


Preventing or reducing broken capillaries requires patience – but don’t worry, you’ll get there! 


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