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Ending Seasonal Redness - Treating Broken Capillaries

Posted on May 11 2015

Taking a run in the crisp air on an autumn morning or experiencing the rush of skiing down mountainsides in winter is the kind of flushed cheeks we welcome whole-heartedly. The dry, reddened, irritated skin that comes with those horizontal blasts of antarctic wind, on the other hand, is another story. Redness occurs because our bodies are trying to heat themselves, bringing blood close to the surface of the skin and dilating capillaries. And while youthful skin can bounce back from an aggravated flare up, a few minutes after stepping in from the cold, you will find with age capillaries don’t close as quickly.

Weather aside, additional irritants may be hiding in your makeup bag or diet. When redness becomes a problem avoiding alcohol in your face wash, toners, and makeup is advised, as well as one too many glasses of wine, because it naturally contributes to dilating your vessels. Certain foods also cause redness, especially spicy meals, and cheese.

Broken capillaries commonly affect the legs, face and nose. They can appear bluish, red or purple in colour with fine markings threaded under the skin's surface. Broken capillaries are also referred to as spider veins because they spread out like a net or a spiderweb. They are often caused by the capillary walls widening and then narrowing, eventually leading to tearing.

Fortunately, broken capillaries can be fixed. The most common treatment for broken capillaries is Laser therapy. During laser treatment, light pulses are sent into the veins, which impede their blood flow and eventually destroys them. After several treatments, the affected veins collapse away from the surface of the skin, leaving it smooth and blemish-free.

At Luminosity we have laser technicians with over 20 years experience, that can help you. Call today on 52217676 and book in for a free skin consult or book online at


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