Spider and reticular veins are often thought of as a problem that occurs on your legs; however, they can also occur on the face. Instead of hiding the problem with color correcting or heavier layers of foundation, there are ways to rid yourself of facial veins.

Use Sun Protection

Although using sun protection will not eliminate current facial veins or guarantee new ones will not appear, it is one of the most important ways you can protect your skin. Sun damage can contribute to the development of visible veins or exacerbate current ones, especially if you have a fairer skin tone. Always use SPF when you are outdoors, no matter the weather. Although many people associate sun damage with the warmer months, as long as the sun is out, you can experience the adverse effects from the sun. If you wear makeup, do not rely on your foundation alone to give you adequate protection. SPF is designed to be reapplied throughout the day and it is unlikely you will reapply your foundation multiple times throughout the day. To help offset this problem, use a moisturizer with SPF to layer under your makeup.

Try Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is one of the most common methods of eliminating visible veins, even ones on the face. It is a simple procedure where the veins are injected with a special type of saline that causes the vein to collapse. Typically, if several smaller veins are connected, they can be eliminated with one injection. Once the veins are injected, they may disappear from view immediately, but in some cases, it may take longer to become less noticeable. This often depends on how large the veins are. Other types of solutions can be injected into the veins if the first treatment does not work. Although veins that are successfully treated do not reappear, it does not mean new ones cannot appear later.

Consider Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are also effective for facial veins, specifically intense pulsed light (IPL). IPL is a non-invasive procedure where specific wavelengths of light are used to reduce or eliminate facial veins. The laser can be adjusted based on your individual needs. Depending on how many veins need treatment, it may take several treatments to remove all the veins on your face. Much like sclerotherapy, new veins may surface and you might need periodic treatments to keep the appearance of veins at bay.

Although facial veins can make you uncomfortable about the appearance of your skin, there are several ways to minimize or eliminate their appearance. With several options available, there are treatments for every skin type and tone. Contact a company like The Sheen Vein Institute to learn more.