Most people are familiar with the tiny red, blue or purple vein that can show up unexpectedly in various places on the body. The medical term used to describe this phenomenon is telangiectasia, which refers to broken capillaries, or varicose veins. However, because they resemble tiny spider webs, they are commonly referred to as spider veins.
Spider veins typically occur on the legs and arms but can occur virtually anywhere on the body. They can be especially troublesome when they show up on the face and can create all kinds of cosmetic problems. They tend to make their appearances under the eyes, in the areas around the nose, and on the cheeks. They can be more prominent on fair skinned individuals. While harmless, spider veins can also be unsightly.
There are medical treatments for spider veins, such as sclerotherapy or various types of laser therapy, but these treatments can be painful, invasive and expensive. Many people opt for non-evasive, less expensive, all-natural treatments. It is a good idea to discuss the various options for spider vein removal with your preferred medical practitioner to decide which method is best for your particular situation.
Causes for telangiectasia (spider veins) on the face
Spider veins found on the face can have specific causes not attributable to spider veins found elsewhere on the body. For instance, people who have high blood pressure or who are obese may have a condition called venous deficiency, which causes damage to the walls of the blood vessels which are more vulnerable around the face. Other causes can be attributed to the following:
Additionally, free radicals can be responsible for spider veins that appear on the face, even more so than ones that show up on the legs. Excessive sun exposure can produce free radicals and can be a primary cause of spider veins on the face. This is especially true for the area under the eyes. Smoking cigarettes is another thing linked to free radicals that can cause the spider veins to appear more prominently on the face. In fact, once capillaries are damaged by smoking, they may take longer to repair than those found on people who do not smoke. Second-hand smoke, all kinds of air pollution and environmental toxin exposure can also lead to the development of spider veins.
Dietary advice for the treatment of spider veins
The development of varicose and spider veins can be exacerbated by constipation, which places pressure on the blood veins. Therefore, it is advisable to eat a diet that is rich in high-fiber foods. On average, an adult should consume somewhere between 25 and 38 grams of fiber each day. (Men should eat closer to 38 grams.) High fiber foods include fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and whole grains.
Foods that strengthen the veins
Specific foods can help improve blood flow and reverse the inflammation associated with varicose veins or spider veins. Diets that are high in trans fats, caffeine, sugar, processed foods, and alcohol can contribute to arterial damage, poor circulation, high blood pressure, weight gain and hormonal imbalances. Processed foods, especially, can contain high amounts of salt, sugar and, toxins that can worsen inflammation and exacerbate the occurrence of spider veins.
Spider veins can occur when undue pressure is placed on the capillaries. Stronger veins are important for many reasons, but in this case, they are important because they can help prevent the appearance of spider veins. Specific plant foods can help by providing the flavonoids and antioxidants the body needs to help build tissue and keep the veins strong and healthy. Some examples of these foods include:
Certain spices/spicy foods that help encourage good blood circulation that can help prevent spider veins are:
Natural Treatments for Spider Veins on the Face
Spider veins can be medically treated, but some people prefer all-natural, less invasive remedies. In these cases, the following all-natural methods have been shown to be effective:
Ginkgo Biloba is another substance that can help strengthen the tissues that form the walls of the blood vessels. This increases the blood flow and oxygenates the tissue, which improves blood circulation and helps prevent spider veins. A recommended dosage of 100-130 mg. of pure Gingko Biloba extract divided into 3-4 doses per day has shown to be effective.
Apple cider vinegar
Another substance that works well for the treatment of spider veins is apple cider vinegar. When applied directly to the affected area with a clean cloth soaked in the vinegar for from 20-30 minutes a day, the vinegar helps improve the blood supply to the affected area. Avoid getting the vinegar in the eyes.
Witch hazel's astringent properties can help reduce the appearance of spider veins, like apple cider vinegar, by strengthening the blood vessels. Simply dip a cotton ball into the solution and apply it to the affected area several times a day to eliminate facial spider veins. Always avoid the direct eye area when using witch hazel.
St. John's Wort
St. John wort is an herb that can be used internally or externally to treat spider veins. Follow package directions.
Essential oils for spider veins
Therapeutic essential oils consist of highly concentrated plant essences. They are derived from millions of tiny molecules that act in a complete synergy. Essential oils for spider veins are all natural, non-invasive, and are ideal for this purpose primarily because of their ability to improve blood flow as they balance hormones and lower inflammation. Using the oils for spider veins requires consistency. They should be applied several times each day.
The best essential oils for spider veins have the following qualities. They are:
Anticoagulant - prevent clots
Lipolytic - dissolves arterial fat deposits
Tonic – boosts the activity of the blood and organs, and improves mood
Phlebotonic – Strengthens vein walls and maintains their elasticity
Stimulant – Boosts organ activity, including brain activity
How to use essential oils to treat spider veins
There are three primary methods used to treat spider veins with essential oils:
Essential oils can be diluted with a carrier oil, then used on the affected area, and also as full-body massage oils.
A few drops of essential oil added to hot bath water helps attain significant relief.
The essential oil can be added to a cotton ball or clean cloth that has been dipped in either hot or cold water and wrung out prior to being placed on the affected area.
The best essential oils for spider veins
The following essential oils have been shown to be especially effective for the treatment of spider veins on the face:
The many therapeutic benefits of cypress oil include improvement in blood circulation, which strengthens the veins. It is considered by many experts to be the best essential oil to use for the treatment of spider veins.
Like cypress oil, lemongrass oil works in the treatment of spider veins on the face by improving the blood's circulation.
Not only can geranium oil effectively treat the appearance of spider veins on the face and elsewhere on the body. It can also help clear up many common skin flaws and imperfections, leaving the skin flawless and soft.
Frankincense essential oil is another essential oil that effectively treats spider veins by strengthening the veins and by improving circulation.
Helichrysum oil works to treat spider veins on the face by soothing inflamed areas, and by dilating the blood vessels. It also dissolved coagulated blood on the outsides of the veins, as well as inside them. Helichrysum oil is noted for being one of the best essential oil for spider veins. Helichrysum essential oil lessens inflammation and improves circulation when applied topically. It is considered to be one of the best essential oils for eliminating spider veins on the face.
Rosemary oil helps promote steady blood veins as it strengthens their walls and helps improve circulation.
Clary Sage oil
Blood circulation is promoted, and vein swelling reduced when clary sage essential oil is used for spider vein treatment. The end result is the prevention of blood pooling and a strengthening of the vein walls.
Lemon essential oil helps promote the strengthening of the veins and increases blood circulation. Caution should be exercised when using lemon essential oil, because it is photosensitive, and can promote sunburn if exposed to direct sunlight. It is it ideal essential oil to use prior to bedtime to treat facial spider veins.
Yarrow essential oil helps eliminate spider veins by decongesting thick or stagnant blood that has trouble flowing easily through the veins. This can be caused by sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.
Chamomile essential oil strengthens the blood vessels and promotes healthy constrictions. It also reduces inflammation and promotes healthy blood circulation.
Essential oil blends for facial spider veins
Certain blends of essential oils can also be effective for the treatment of facial spider veins. These two blends were specially designed with phlebotonic properties to help increase blood flow through the veins. Formula One is a treatment that can be used day or night. Because Formula Two contains a photosensitive essential oil, it is intended for use at bedtime.
Formula One Ingredients
5 drops of Bergamot essential oil
9 drops of Cypress essential oil
5 drops of Geranium essential oil (Alternatively, one can use Clary Sage .)
3 drops of Tangerine essential oil
3 drops of Helichrysum essential oil
3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil
2 drops of Frankincense essential
2.5 ounces of jojoba oil to be used as a carrier oil
1. Add the essential oils to an empty 2.5 ounce lotion pump bottle
2. Add the jojoba.
3. Shake well or stir with a glass stirring rod to distribute oils evenly prior to use.
Formula Two Ingredients (Nighttime treatment)
½ cup carrier oil. We recommend ¼ cup unrefined avocado oil and ¼ cup oil that is infused with calendula.
5 drops geranium essential oil
5 drops parsley seed essential oil
5 drops cypress essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
1. Before bedtime, mix the carrier oils together and place in an amber colored glass bottle.
2. Add the essential oils, one at a time.
3. Close the container and shake well to combine oils.
4. To use, apply 4 drops on your clean face directly on the effected areas. Then using your finger tips, gently massage the oil in gentle circular motions. Leave it to sink deep into the skin overnight.
Precaution: Only use this facial oil at night as it contains lemon oil which is photosensitive and can affect sunburn.
Essential oils are powerful healing tools with the potential for allergic reactions. Symptoms may include:
Before using oils initially, test a diluted mixture on a small patch of skin and watch for reactions. In most cases, it should be perfectly safe to apply the mixture to a larger area. If allergic reaction symptoms occur after using the oils, discontinue their use and contact a physician.
Women who are pregnant or who breast-feed should refrain from using essential oils unless supervised by a doctor or qualified aromatherapist.