What Causes Spider Veins on Face & Ways to Remove it?

Spider veins, medically termed as Telangiectasis or angioectasias are similar to varicose veins; however they are smaller. These veins are found close to the surface of the skin and resemble spider webs or tree branches. These spider veins are usually red, purple or blue in color. Usually spider veins are found on legs like in the thighs, inside of the legs, ankles, back of the calves etc. However they can also be found on other body parts such as our face.

What Causes Spider Veins on Face?

What Causes Spider Veins on Face?

Spider Veins Caused From Venous Deficiency:

Spider veins occur with a venous deficiency. This deficiency comes from a back-flow of blood in the veins; the pressure causes damage to the vessel walls. Some of the medical causes of venous deficiency include prolonged inflammation, high blood pressure and obesity. At times, a non-medical condition also causes venous deficiency. Rubbing or washing the face too hard may also cause broken capillaries, especially around the eye area and may cause spider veins on face

Spider Veins on Face Caused Due to Aging:

We know that aging causes the weakening of veins and skin and the aging skin may make the spider veins more noticeable. Usually, smaller spider veins are reddish in color, while the larger ones are bluish. The color of the spider veins stems from the repair capabilities of the affected veins. The broken capillary in younger skin can delegate its function to a larger vein and remain reddish until it repairs. Aging capillaries may not be able to depend on larger veins so as to perform the job if the larger veins are also broken and weak.

Spider Veins on Face Caused Due to Skin Diseases:

Skin diseases like Rosacea and eczema and some other inflammatory conditions may cause spider veins on face. Any skin condition that causes prolonged dilation or irritation can put pressure on veins and on delicate capillaries.

Too Much Sun Exposure Can Cause Spider Veins:

Too much sun exposure can cause spider vein or broken capillaries on the face, especially on the skin under your eyes.

Smoking Can Cause Spider Veins on Face:

One more factor that causes spider veins on face is smoking. Smoking can damage arteries and veins, it can also cause premature aging and make the spider veins on the face more evident. Second-hand smoke, pollution and toxin exposure can also contribute to the development of spider veins on the face.

Other Causes of Spider Veins on Face:

Lifestyle factors may also contribute to the high percentage of population affected with spider veins on face and other body parts; since lifestyle choices can affect how well the veins function, work and how well they get repaired. Sometimes, stress, insomnia, lack of exercise, eyestrain etc may cause broken capillaries around the eyes and may cause spider veins on the face.

Exercising can improve the vein, skin and overall health.

Ways to Remove Spider Veins on Face

Now here are some of the ways to remove spider veins on face. Hope this works out in clearing your spider veins on face:.

  1. Natural Ways of Removing Spider Veins on Face:

    Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar or ACV is one of the best natural remedies for spider veins. You can either consume the apple cider vinegar internally once or twice in a day by taking one teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar and mixing it with a cup of warm water and a tsp of organic honey; or can apply the Apple cider vinegar in the affected area.

    For applying the Apple cider vinegar on spider veins on face, you need to soak a piece of cloth in raw unprocessed ACV and wrap it around the area with spider veins on the face and then leave it for 15 to 20 minutes before removing it. Repeat the same twice in a day until you can no longer see the spider veins.

    Horse Chestnut Extract

    Horse chestnut is a flowering plant and the extracts made from its seeds are being used extensively for studying about the circulation problem associated with varicose veins. Horse chestnut extract can also be used to remove spider veins on face naturally. Horse chestnut contains Aescin or a compound which aids in promoting blood vessel health. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and aid in improving blood circulation and blood vein tone. So, taking horse chestnut extract regularly can help remove spider veins on the face.

    Butcher’s Broom

    One more natural ingredient that aids in reducing the appearance of spider veins on face and other body parts and improve your skin complexion is the Butcher’s broom extract. Butcher’s broom is a small evergreen shrub that is used to enhance blood circulation and constrict veins. There are growing evidences of using this ingredient for treating varicose veins. So, using it for removing spider veins on face can also be beneficial.

    Witch’s Hazel

    Witch hazel acts an as astringent and anti-inflammatory and thus can be used to get rid of spider veins. Tannins and volatile oils are the primary active ingredients present in witch hazel, which works to constrict tiny spider veins under the surface of the skin. According to a study, applying witch hazel to skin with damaged blood vessels showed that it has a therapeutic effect. Thus it can be used for reducing the appearance of spider veins on face or legs or any other parts of the body.

    You need to apply the witch hazel soaked in a cotton ball to the area with spider veins. Repeating this 2-3 times in a day would help in reducing the appearance of spider veins.

    Mustard Oil and Sesame Oil

    Mustard and sesame oils are generally used in Ayurvedic medicine for improving blood flow to the affected portion and are effective in diminishing the unwanted red and blue lines of spider veins.

    For making use of this natural remedy, you need to mix a few drops of mustard or sesame oil with carrier oil and apply the blend to spider veins on face two times regularly


    Bilberry can also aid you in getting rid of spider veins in a quick time. It has been traditionally used for treating mouth and throat inflammation, eye problems, diarrhea, diabetes, and also poor circulation of blood. This unique property of bilberry for improving blood circulation can be pretty effective in getting rid of spider veins on face and other parts. It is also loaded with tannings, proanthocyanidins, phenolic acid and flavonoids. Bilberry also strengthens the blood vessels.

    You need to take just 30 milligrams of bilberry extract 2-3 times in a day.


    Ginger is a common herb used in daily life and it can help in removing spider veins. A blood protein known as fibrin may build up in areas where your veins get injured. This makes your veins more prominent and visible. Ginger can easily reduce spider vein by breaking up fibrin. Moreover, ginger also enhances blood circulation by reducing blood pressure. For best results from ginger on your spider veins, you can have a ginger tea 2-3 times in a day and look for the results.

    Gingko Biloba

    One more natural remedy for removing spider veins on face could be Gingko Biloba. It is very useful in strengthening the tissues forming vein walls. Sometimes extensive exposure to sunrays and making use of cosmetics or creams may weaken the walls of veins and may also cause damage to the vein valves, resulting in chronic venous insufficiency. Though spider veins are not categorized as a chronic venous insufficiency that requires emergency medical treatments, yet Gingko biloba can definitely help widen them and thereby relaxing blood vessels in body to regulate flow of blood. It also enhances tissue oxygenation along with enhancing blood circulation. This makes gingko biloba an excellent natural remedy for spider veins.

  2. Massage:

    Massage also can be a useful way of removing spider veins on face. You need to gently massage the area with spider veins on the face which is an easy and simple way to improve blood circulation and can help you get rid of spider veins. It also aids in reducing pain and inflammation.

    In order to reduce the spider veins on face with massage, you can make use of a carrier oil like extra-virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil which contain anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You need to massage the areas affected with spider veins for several minutes for few times in a day which aids in improving blood circulation. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to the carrier oil for improving the blood circulation. Few drops of lemon, rosemary, ginger, eucalyptus, peppermint, cypress etc can be used as essential oils on carrier oils while massaging.

  3. Sclerotherapy for Removing Spider Veins on Face

    Sclerotherapy is a procedure where a highly concentrated saline or salt solution is injected directly in to the vein, which causes the vein to disappear gradually over 3-6 weeks. Once gone, the spider veins do not return, but you may develop new spider veins.

  4. Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Therapy for Spider Veins on Face

    Laser and intense pulsed light therapy is one more treatment ways for spider veins. The heat from the laser and the light therapy destroys the veins. However these treatments are considered as less effective than sclerotherapy; especially for the larger spider veins.


Now we know about the causes of spider veins on the face and also know about some of the ways to remove them. However, in order to prevent the spider veins on your face all you can do is look and maintain a healthy body weight, exercise regularly, add a bit of spice to your diet which helps in improving blood circulation and keeps away the spider veins etc.

Remember, though spider veins do not cause any serious harms to the health; some people might develop skin ulcers because of spider veins. Moreover they can be big beauty concern as they are not so pleasant in their appearance. So, you can try out the natural remedies for getting rid of the spider veins on your face or can consult with expert professional for the best of medical treatments of your spider veins.

Team PainAssist
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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 10, 2017

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