First things first, you need to know that treatment options for broken capillaries aren’t something you should worry about. They are easily treatable with treatments such as lysine for broken capillaries and laser therapy and intense pulsed light (one treatment is usually sufficient to remove the capillaries for good). Or you can treat them through some natural remedies such as vitamin C for broken capillaries.
For those who didn’t know, broken capillaries are actually capillaries that have dilated. This is why your face appears to have blotchy red spots. Broken capillaries are most common among people who have skin that is very sensitive, fair and thin.
So, if you are the one struggling with broken capillaries, here’s what we suggest you do:
Consult your dermatologist
If you have decided on laser treatment, have a talk with your dermatologist first about different types of treatment.
Targeting each broken capillary individually, laser treatment uses a concentrated beam of energy to heat them under the skin, to successfully remove them.
Similar to laser treatment is IPL (Intense pulsed light) therapy is similar. The difference is that it targets a broader area.
Talk to the dermatologist and see which treatment (or combination of both) will be most effective in your situation. When going to the dermatologist, let it be someone you’ve already had (good) experience with or someone who was recommended to you. Before scheduling the procedure, make sure you trust the person who will do the procedure on you.
Prepare your skin
These treatments should not be scheduled if your skin is irritated or while you have a tan. Since both IPL and Laser target the pigment in capillaries it will be harder to spot all the places that need treatment if your skin is dark.
To have your skin as pigment-free as possible, follow your dermatologist’s instructions.
Side effects of broken capillaries treatment
Even though this treatment is pretty common and safe, there are some potential side effects you should be mindful of. Minor swelling and redness of the skin have been known to occur for several days after treatment.
Rarely, laser and IPL treatments can lead to hyperpigmentation and skin damage. This is not that common in people with fair skin.
It’s advisable you schedule your appointment while you are on holiday or at least several weeks in advance of important social events. Give your face time to return to its normal state. Discuss all the possible side effects with your dermatologist before proceeding with the treatments.
Once you have undergone the treatment, give your skin some time to heal. It is best you stayed out of the sun to avoid any potential complications or irritations.
5. Know your skin
In case you have a lot of broken capillaries on your face (or wherever you are treating them), sometimes it will take more than one treatment to remove them. So, examine your skin for more broken capillaries and talk to your dermatologist. You should know that laser capillary removal is 100% effective. Once removed capillaries will never return but if you have highly sensitive skin, you may have to get laser treatments every once in a while to clear things up.
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Vitamin C and lysine for broken capillaries
Truth be told there are no studies that prove that vitamin C and lysine for broken capillaries will help. Yet, some people that have used the combination say they have seen a reduction of broken capillaries after using this combination.
Apparently, rubbing your face with grapeseed oil helps to soothe broken capillaries. Grapeseed oil is a common household product so you won’t have to spend much money on buying the supplies. This “treatment” will soothe dry, thin skin and could reduce broken capillaries in the long run. Still, it probably won’t get rid of the capillaries for good.
Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E oil has been known for its nourishing effect on the skin. It reduces the occurrence of broken capillaries and other signs of damage while helping the skin replenish itself. Since the substance is greasy and too thick to wear around during the day, smooth it onto your skin at night.
Be cautious, though. If you have acne, vitamin E isn’t advisable as studies have shown that in 90% of acne-problematic people, applying vitamin E has worsened the problem, while 30% developed contact dermatitis.
Since the problem is on your face, you want to be extra careful about the methods you opt for. The best idea would be to consult with your dermatologist and see which therapy is best for you.