Thread veins are enlarged blood vessels that are visible just under the surface of the skin and look like fine red or purple wiggly lines. Also known as ‘spider veins’ and ‘broken veins’ they generally develop on the legs but can appear on other parts of the body too.
There is no concrete reason why thread veins develop but they mainly appear during pregnancy or the menopause, as the blood vessels and your skin become less elastic either due to a hormonal change or ageing, which is why this condition is generally more common in women.
Although they are not painful they can become an issue and affect your confidence, especially during the warmer months or on holiday when you want to get your legs out, so we have picked some of the best treatments to reduce the severity of thread veins on the body.
To successfully reduce the appearance of thread veins, a product needs to have a combination of anti-inflammatory and anti-redness ingredients like Teprenone to calm the skin and minimise any swelling, which is common with this condition. Ingredients that strengthen damaged and weak capillaries, such as Vitamin K are also great as they help to repair the problem from the inside. Added soothing ingredients like Rosemary will calm and reduce the look of stressed skin.
Cosmeceutical heavyweights Medik8 offer advanced anti-redness treatment products that will combat the appearance of thread veins and broken capillaries for healthy looking, clearer skin. Their formulations can be used on any skin type and they offer solutions for thread veins on both the body and the face.