Facial veins are dilated vessels that appear on the surface of the skin around the nose, cheeks, forehead and eyelids. Also referred to as telangiectasia rosacea, these vessels may be strictly a cosmetic concern. However, if the facial veins accompany another condition like rosacea, they may be accompanied by an uncomfortable burning sensation.
Causes of Facial Veins
There are a number of potential causes of facial veins, including:
- Sun exposure
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Trauma or injury to the skin
- Use of steroids
The delicate vessels just under the surface of the skin can easily become damaged by exposure to heat or overzealous scrubbing of the face. In rare circumstances, facial veins may also indicate a more serious underlying condition, such as alcohol abuse, liver damage or an autoimmune disease like lupus. If you are concerned about the cause of your facial veins, it is a good idea to have them evaluated by a vein specialist to ensure an underlying medical condition does not exist.
Facial Vein Prevention
There may be no way to fully prevent the formation of facial veins, which commonly begin to appear in the 40s or 50s. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of these veins:
- Always wear sunscreen when going outside
- Avoid excessive use of alcohol
- Avoid using hot water when washing the face
- Do not scrub the skin too vigorously to prevent damage
If you have facial veins that are a cosmetic concern, there are a number of treatment options available to eliminate those veins. Contact Dr. Lawrence and his staff at PCI Vein Center to learn more about how we can help you say goodbye to those unsightly facial veins for good.