Broken capillaries on the face are a common concern for many people. These tiny, visible veins can appear on the cheeks, nose, and other areas of the face, causing redness and a blotchy complexion. Understanding what causes broken capillaries and how easy it is to treat them can help you achieve clearer, smoother skin.

"Comparison of skin with broken facial vessels before and after a photofacial procedure."

Before and after photofacials at Total Wrapture to clear up broken capillaries and redness.

What Causes Broken Capillaries on the Face?

Several factors can contribute to the development of broken facial vessels, including:

  • Sun Exposure: Prolonged sun exposure weakens the skin and blood vessels, making them more prone to breaking.
  • Aging: As we age, our skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity, making facial vessels more visible and susceptible to breaking.
  • Genetics: Some people are more genetically predisposed to developing broken capillaries. People with light, thin, or sensitive skin are particularly prone to this.
  • Skin Trauma: Aggressive exfoliation or facial injuries, can cause capillaries to break.
  • Weather Conditions: Extreme temperatures (hello, Manitoba!), both hot and cold, can cause capillaries to expand and contract, leading to damage.

How do capillaries break?

Broken capillaries, also known as telangiectasias, occur when tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin become dilated or damaged. The blood vessels lose their elasticity, leading to their expansion and visibility through the skin. Over time, the repeated dilation and contraction of these capillaries cause them to become permanently enlarged and visible as red or purple lines on the skin.

This can result from various factors including genetics, sun exposure, aging, trauma, and certain skin conditions such as rosacea.

"Skin showing broken facial vessels before and after a photofacial."

Before and after photofacial treatments at Total Wrapture to clear up broken capillaries and redness.

How to Treat Broken Capillaries on the Face

IPL Photofacial Treatment

One of the most effective broken capillaries treatments is the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photofacial. This non-invasive procedure uses optimized pulsed light technology to target and treat broken capillaries, sun damage, and brown spots. 

The IPL photofacial delivers pulses of light into the skin, targeting and destroying the broken facial vessels without harming the surrounding skin.

  • Process: The photofacial treatment takes about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. The lymphatic system then helps remove the broken-down pigment particles and damaged tissue, leading to a gradual reduction in redness and broken capillaries.
  • Results: After the treatment, broken capillaries may turn gray or pale, and will gradually fade within 10-14 days (although a few may disappear immediately!). Up to 3 sessions (about a month apart) are often recommended for thorough clearing. Your skin technician will asses your skin and condition to give you personalized reccomendations.
  • Bonus results: Other than eliminating broken capillaries, IPL photofacials also reduce redness, rosacea, and age spots, improve skin texture, minimize sun damage and boost collagen production for an overall gorgeous skin rejuvenation.

What products should I be using?

Just looking for a single product to add to your routine?

The Redness Solution Complex is a soothing (and anti-aging) cream that calms redness and irritation. Formulated with Hexamidine to control blemishes and Red Algae Extract for its soothing and nourishing properties. Added neuropeptides and antioxidants reveal calm, younger looking skin.

Usage: AM and PM – Cleanse and tone your face (and apply any lightweight serums if you use any) before use. Apply the Redness Solution Complex once or twice daily and follow up with any moisturizer as desired. Sunscreen is a non-negotiable last step to diminish your symptoms.

 

Build a complete skincare routine customized for your skin’s needs:

The Sensitive Skin Program includes a complete routine of products designed to comfort and soothe dry sensitive skin, reducing redness and irritation while reinforcing the moisture barrier and rebalancing the skin’s microbiome for healthy, radiant-looking skin.

Includes the following full-size products in a vegan leather bag:

  • Hexamidine Cleanser 
  • Gentle toner
  • Redness Solution Complex
  • Derma-V moisturizer
  • Sunscreen SPF 30

Never Skip Your SPF!

Sun exposure exacerbates broken capillaries and redness. UV rays weaken blood vessels, making them more prone to breaking and causing redness. 

Additionally, UV exposure can trigger inflammation, worsening the appearance of broken capillaries and overall skin redness. Using SPF every day (regardless of the season) helps protect the skin from UV damage, preventing these issues from worsening.

Photofacial service on a client.

A photofacial at Total Wrapture to reduce broken capillaries and redness.

Noninvasive Mesotherapy: Support Live Capillaries

The noninvasive mesotherapy facial, Meso Redness, is another treatment option for maintaining the results of your photofacial or treating redness-prone skin that is predisposed to broken facial vessels. 

This advanced facial involves applying a strengthening serum to the skin, which helps treat redness, rosacea and puffiness. The serum detoxifies the skin and supports live capillaries to delay or prevent further damage.

How Long Do Broken Blood Vessels on the Face Take to Heal?

After an IPL photofacial, broken capillaries typically fade within 10-14 days. Some may disappear immediately during the treatment! Sticking with your treatment plan and coming in periodically for maintenance sessions help achieve and maintain clearer skin over time.

Can You Make Broken Capillaries Go Away?

Yes, broken capillaries can be effectively treated and minimized with the right treatments. Photofacials clear away broken capillaries, while the advanced facial, Meso Redness, helps support live capillaries to diminish further breakage. These treatments target the root cause, promoting the skin’s natural healing process. 

Just like the rest of our body, the skin is constantly aging and changing due to sun exposure and other factors. Supporting your skin after treatment by using the right products, getting facials to support your capillaries, and addressing any new occurrences will help you maintain and enjoy your rejuvenated skin.