Facial veins may appear in individuals due to factors such as genetics, poor circulation, excess sun exposure, fair complexions and a condition known as Rosacea. Rosacea is typified by a redness on the skin of the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, whereby over time, small facial veins may surface as well. Specialists have no "cure" for the cosmetic problems associated with facial veins (medically known as telangiectasias), however, those who suffer the condition may find temporary relief in the following methods.
1. Massage Therapy
A facial massage several times per week for a duration of 30 minutes per session can help to make the skin more supple and facial veins more elastic, thus eliminating their appearance from the surface of the face. Massage fosters proper circulation and more relaxation of facial muscles. Massage therapists perform facial massages, and so do over-the-counter massage devices. Some opt for do-it-yourself massages, using the fingertips and a small circular motion repeatedly over the visible facial veins.
2. Cold Therapy
An ice or cold pack placed on areas of the face with visible facial veins for up to 30 minutes, several times per week, helps to shrink the blood vessels, which in turn, causes them to appear less noticeable. Cold therapy also shrinks large pores, which may work to magnify facial veins.
Facial astringents help the blood in small facial veins to flow properly, thus diminishing the appearance of blood vessels on the face. These are easy to apply with a cotton ball and should become a part of a normal skin care routine done at least twice a day.
Applying a foundation or cover up to the face is probably the easiest way to make facial veins appear less noticeable. Cosmetic makeup manufacturers provide a wide variety of shades for all skin tones, which offers customers the chance to both cover up facial veins and other blemishes, while simultaneously blending in with natural skin color. In fact, many organic foundations have the ability to nourish and rejuvenate facial skin as they conceal red, blue or purple blood vessels and spider veins.
5. Topical Ointments
Especially in the case of Rosacea patients, topical corticosteroids are used to reduce inflammation, redness, and the appearance of small facial veins. Some ointments may require a prescription from a licensed dermatologist, and others may be available over-the-counter.
6. Vitamin, Mineral and Natural Herbal Supplements
Vitamins B, C and E improve blood circulation. The mineral potassium has also been linked with better blood flow. Cayenne pepper, garlic and ginkgo biloba are natural herbal supplements that can help fade the appearance of facial veins when poor circulation is a hereditary factor and the cause of visibly prominent blood vessels on the face. All of the above can be ingested on a daily basis as part of a healthy lifestyle and routine.
One of the above, or a combination of the foregoing, ways to make facial veins appear less noticeable consist of the least expensive, temporary methods to alleviate the cosmetic discomfort suffered by those with visible veins on the face. More expensive, medical methods to eliminate the veins entirely include: laser surgery, cautery, schlerotherapy, electrosurgery, pulsed dye laser and intense pulsed light therapy.