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Inflammation - Capillaries

Thu, 13/02/2014 - 11:41 -- Name: helen

Part three in the trio of blogs on Inflammation is about capillaries.  One of the main skin concerns I come across is ‘broken capillaries.’ 

Now there is a difference between a burst vessel and a visible capillary, say, on your cheek for instance. 

A burst vessel presents itself as a tiny red patch that generally doesn’t change.  Visible capillaries on the other hand are a network for the micro circulation to control temperature, deliver nutrients, take away waste and protect the skin from injury.

The term ‘broken capillaries’ is incorrect as the capillary is not broken; it has just knitted up to the surface so that you can now see it.


Why has the capillary network knitted up to the surface?

Because the collagen that supports the capillary walls has weakened and degraded, and an external factor has aggravated the skin calling on the microcirculation (the capillaries,) to deliver temperature control, or nutrient delivery, or waste disposal, or blood cells to fix an injury, or all of the above.

What can we do to prevent the capillaries from knitting up to the surface of our skins? 

  • Having a healthy lifestyle goes a long way.  Taking Omega 3 (fish oils,) helps with inflammation and with the condition of your skin.  If your skin is in good condition, then the need for the capillaries to come and feed the upper levels of skin wouldn’t be there so much.                                                                                
  • Taking inflammatory things out of your diet such as sugars, simple carbs (as discussed in a previous blog,) and alcohol, which actually is more to do with the sugar than the alcohol. 
  • Keeping out of extremes of hot and cold, like the hot water you may wash your face with.  Or he heat from the car heater blasting in your face.  Or the cold wind (especially in Wellington NZ) or on a sports/ski field somewhere.
  • Avoiding high levels of chemicals in your skin care such as high SPF’s (Sun Protection Factors, as discussed in a previous blog,) fragrance that’s found in most skin care brands, nasty fillers like talc in your foundation or soaps/acids/scrubs that generally dry and aggravate most skins.

What can we do to correct capillary damage once it has happened? 

  • So thinking back to why the capillaries have appeared in the first place?  Take away the cause if you can.  Which, from the causes above, do you think has brought your capillaries to the surface?
  • The density of your skin has probably decreased and the collagen supporting the capillary walls has come away.  So you first need to increase the quality of your collagen.  You can do this by using skin care that has ingredients such as peptides, vitamins and antioxidants.  Try Environ's C-Quence Range for the highest quality of all the recommended ingredients.


Once the quality of your collagen has improved, then you can increase the quantity of your collagen production.  My modality of choice is something called a Dermal Roller, or you may have heard of a treatment called Needling.  These microneedles create microinjurys to the surface of your skin improving all cellular communication giving you healthier skin and eventually what happens is your collagen production is kicked into action.  Bonus!  And great news everyone, you never run out of your own collagen, ever.  YIPEEEE!


Wow, so much information.  If you want to discuss your skin concerns or ask any questions, including why I think Dermal Needling is the best form of treatment compared to other collagen rejuvinating treatments, please don't hesitate to contact us.  We're only happy to help.

Helen Daly.

Skin Care Therapist.