Spider veins, or Telangiectasias, are small dilated blood vessels that can develop anywhere on the body. They look like a spider web with multiple branching blood vessels and red spots at the end of each branch.
They’re rarely dangerous and usually disappear without treatment within a few weeks to months. But they can be unsightly and make you feel embarrassed in public because people might stare at your legs when you wear shorts or skirts.
Spider veins are tiny, threadlike blood vessels that appear just below the surface of the skin. They can be found anywhere on the body but most often develop on legs and face.
The two main causes of spider veins are (1) hereditary (genetic inheritance), and (2) damage to the vein, which leads to increased pressure in the vessel.
A combination of these factors is why spider veins are more common among women than men, especially after pregnancy or during their childbearing years.
They also become more visible as people grow older because the skin becomes thinner and less elastic.
Here are five remedies you can try from the comfort of your own home.
Creams for preventing spider veins have been specially formulated to diminish the appearance of your spider veins and prevent them from coming back. A great advantage of this product is that it can also help improve the look of other types of vascular problems such as rosacea, broken capillaries, and redness.
How to use: Apply the cream daily to the area where you have your spider veins. Make sure you massage it in circular motions until it is fully absorbed into your skin.
For best results, use on a regular basis for at least two months. It may take some time before you start seeing positive results so be patient and keep using it until you achieve the results you’re looking for.
Many people have reported success with treating spider veins using lemon juice. The acidity in lemon juice helps make the veins less visible by dissolving the excess protein deposits, which are responsible for making spider veins more obvious.
How to use: Apply fresh or bottled lemon juice directly to your skin with a cotton ball. Let it dry then cover it up with some plastic wrap before you go to bed so that the ingredients can work overnight while you’re sleeping. Wash off the next morning and repeat every night until your spider veins disappear.
What many people don’t know is that tea tree oil is also an effective home remedy for spider veins because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Applying tea tree oil on affected areas can reduce the redness in your skin caused by spider veins, which means that it can also reduce the visibility of spider veins.
How to use: Dab some tea tree oil with a cotton ball then gently apply onto your skin. You can also directly spray or pour some into your bath water, soak in it for 10-15 minutes then pat yourself dry before getting dressed. Repeat 2-3 times per day for best results.
There are also many studies that show how garlic can be very effective in treating spider veins, especially if they’re caused by pregnancy or varicose veins. The same anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil can also be found in garlic, which means it’s another great natural remedy to get rid of spider veins.
How to use: Apply fresh crushed garlic directly on your skin with a cotton ball. Let it stay overnight then rinse off the next morning and pat dry before getting dressed. Repeat this treatment daily until you see an improvement in your condition then reduce it to 2-3 times per week for maintenance.
Last but not least, ginger root is another veggie known for its anti-inflammation properties, which make it effective in treating spider veins. Ginger root can also improve the circulation in your body which is another reason why it’s beneficial to use when you want to get rid of spider veins.
How to use: Grate some fresh ginger root then extract its juice with a citrus press or cheesecloth. Add ½ tablespoon of honey then mix in 1 cup warm water and drink this remedy daily for best results. Continue treatment daily until you see improvements in your skin tone and complexion, then reduce intake to 2-3 times per week for maintenance.
To avoid spider veins from coming back, make sure you follow these tips:
– Avoid tight clothes or jeans that can put pressure on your legs which will cause more spider veins to appear.
– Keep your body hydrated by drinking about 8 glasses of water daily to help flush out toxins and keep the body well-nourished.
– Add some veggies, fruits, nuts, and grains into your diet that are full of antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids to nourish the skin from the inside out.