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The Connection Between Sun Exposure And Spider Veins

Last updated 6 years ago

Spider veins are swollen and overly dilated blood vessels that most often appear on the face and legs. Facial spider veins are especially annoying to those who have them, as they can significantly detract from the appearance of the face and cause embarrassment and low self-esteem.

Below, you’ll learn how the sun’s rays can lead to and exacerbate facial spider veins. Learning about the sun’s damaging rays will not only help you select appropriate treatments options; it will also help you prevent facial spider veins with proper skin care.

  • The Sun and Skin Plasticity

Repeated and prolonged exposure to the sun will inevitably lead to dry, damaged skin that can be appropriately describe as “leathery.” This loss of skin elasticity encourages the formation of spider veins. Without flexibility, the skin cannot move properly to support facial expressions and superficial veins are irritated and inhibited from dilation. As blood flow attempts to force through new passageways in the face, spider veins form and increase in number.

  • The Sun and Skin Temperature

The sun’s rays also heat up the superficial layers of facial skin, raising the blood pressure within irritated veins nearer to the skin’s surface. This encourages the gradual weakening of blood vessel walls and inevitably leads to the improper flow of blood throughout the face. In such conditions, spider veins flourish.

  • The Sun and Collagen Production

Lastly, exposure to the sun tends to interfere with the skin’s natural collagen growth. Not only does this cause the face to become less supple, it also facilitates the development and growth of spider veins. With the breakdown and limited reproduction of collagen, some of the framework supporting facial veins is lost. This can facilitate the rerouting of blood through the face, as blood vessels no longer have the stability of collagen to keep them in place.

To prevent unsightly vascular problems, it is critical that you invest in a high-SPF sunscreen to limit the amount of sun exposure to which your skin is subjected. If, however, you’ve already noticed the appearance of spider veins around your eyes, on your nose, or elsewhere, call Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan at (212) 204-6501. Our vein doctors can closely examine your facial skin and recommend the most appropriate form of treatment given the seriousness of your symptoms.


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