Broken & Ruptured Blood Vessels: How to Fix & Reduce Them

Medically reviewed by Dr Jaswine Chew Sze Huey on Jul 31, 2019

WHAT ARE RUPTURED & BROKEN CAPILLARIES?

Capillaries are the delicate, tiny veins under our skin. Their functions is to distribute blood to parts of our body. However, on some occasions, the pressure may cause our capillaries to break. This creates tiny red marks on our skin. This condition is called telangiectasia, or is commonly known as ruptured or broken capillaries. 

Broken capillaries are often found on the cheeks or nose areas. Although it looks (and sounds) horrifying, it doesn’t cause harm to our body, except aesthetically. People with fair skin are more susceptible to broken veins than those with darker skin colors. 

Broken capillaries are easily treated. But, we have to know what are the underlying cause to the problem before pursuing a treatment.

Ruptured & Broken Capillaries

WHAT CAUSES BROKEN CAPILLARIES?

The common cause of broken capillaries is trauma. Trauma is when the skin experienced pressure that caused it to rupture. It can be caused by many factors such as: 

Ruptured & Broken Capillaries

Genetics: Broken capillaries are known to be caused by heredity or genetics. If your parents have the broken capillaries, then it’s a high chance that you’d experience it too. 

Pregnancy:  During pregnancy, your body will release more estrogen hormone that can cause trauma to the veins. As the pressure increases, the blood capillaries will break. However, worry not as pregnancy-induced broken capillaries tend to heal itself after the pregnancy.  

UV rays:  When you are exposed to excessive sunlight, your blood vessels are enlarged. In some cases, this may trigger trauma to the skin and rupture the capillaries. 

Weather:  Hot weather increases blood vessel dilation. This will speed up blood flow, increasing more pressure to your capillaries. 

Chemical irritant: Some chemicals such as heparin or warfarin are known as anticoagulant. They work by thinning blood, making it more dilute. 

Alcohol:  Casual intake of alcoholic beverages are known to cause blood thinning. A prolonged use of alcohol can increase the chances of broken capillaries to your skin. 

Injuries: This goes without saying. Any trauma to your skin will cause blood capillaries to rupture.  A small injury or bruise is enough to trigger the formation.

WHO’S AT RISK FOR GETTING BROKEN CAPILLARIES?

Those who are either one of these groups tend to get broken capillaries:

  1. Exposed to a lot of sunlight
  2. Genetically prone to have broken capillaries
  3. Those with rosacea
  4. Pregnant women

Risk For Getting Broken Capillaries

HOW TO PREVENT BROKEN CAPILLARIES?

To prevent broken capillaries from happening, it is important to avoid the causes of it. It is advisable to always maintain a proper protection against sunlight. Always use sunscreen, follow an effective skincare routine and wear a hat when you go out in the daylight.

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HOW TO GET RID OF BROKEN CAPILLARIES?

If you are keen to know more about the problem or the treatment, reach out to us via the contact details provided below. We are available throughout the year from 8am to 12 midnight DAILY. We help you understand more about broken blood vessels. 

CALL: +6012-662-5552

EMAIL: contactus@premier-clinic.com

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