How To Minimize Spider Veins

Telangiectasia is the medical term for spider veins. These are the blue or red colored dilated veins that you find on the skin. Spider veins commonly appear on the face, the legs and other parts of the body. Generally, you cannot prevent spider veins from appearing. But once they begin surfacing, you can try to minimize them through a number of ways.

  • Eat less salt. Some studies have shown that certain dietary interventions can help minimize spider veins. Too much sodium, in the form of salt, in your diet causes water retention. The more water in the body, the more your body swells. Eat foods that are low-in sodium. Keep away from canned or preserved foods and condiments like soy sauce and fish sauce which have high sodium content.
  • Add fiber to your diet. One of the main reasons why a person suffers from constipation is the lack of fiber in their diet. Constipation causes you to strain excessively in order to pass your bowels. This straining puts pressure on your veins. The blood will now be forced to find another route usually via the superficial veins. The result: bluish veins on your skin. Eat fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber. Whole grain products are also a good source of dietary fiber. Fiber helps clean out the system and eliminates constipation.
  • Change your position often. Sitting or standing for a long time in the same manner or position can add pressure to the valves of the veins. If you need to work on the computer for a long time, have a timer remind you every 15 – 20 minutes to stand up and move around. Elevate your feet when you are enjoying your TV program or a good book while on your recliner. Sleep with pillows under your feet to keep them elevated. If you spent a long time standing, lie down and put your feet up for 20 minutes for better blood circulation.
  • Cool down. Heat dilates your blood vessels. The more dilated they are, the more you can see them. Taking cool showers is better for you if you aim to minimize your spider veins. Avoid too much sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen helps reduce the effects of sun damage on the skin.
  • Engage in exercise. A 5 times a week, 30 minutes a day, workout routine is good for anyone. Exercise promotes the proper circulation of the blood in the body. Through exercise, your muscles become toned and your skin firms up. This helps keep the spider veins from becoming too noticeable.
  • Use make-up. A good concealer can hide the spider veins on your face as well as the ones found in other places of your body. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone. You will also need a setting powder just to even out your face.
  • Invest in sclerotherapy. Dermatologists offer a nonsurgical treatment for spider veins. Sclerotherapy uses a special medication that is injected into the vein. It makes the valves of the vein swell before it sticks then closes. The effect is that blood will no longer course through that vein. If needles are not your thing, ask your dermatologist about laser treatment for spider veins.
  • Use compression stockings. Although compression stockings cannot necessarily minimize spider veins, they can at least slow them down. Compression stockings aid in circulation.

Spider veins are unsightly and unattractive whether they are found on the face or other parts of the body. There are different ways to minimize them. If you have them, try out different minimizing methods above until you find one that suits you.


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