Vascular lesions or red veins are small vessels within the skin which have become dilated or enlarged, just beneath your skin’s surface. This results in small, red lines that spread out into a web-shaped form. They can develop anywhere on the body, but they’re more common on the face and legs.
While harmless, broken blood vessels can become a nuisance if they make you self-conscious. The good news is that spider veins are typically treatable.
What causes vascular lesions?
There are many causes of broken blood vessels which include:
Heredity and genetics. For unknown reasons, spider veins tend to run in families. Individual risk factors also increase with age.
Pregnancy. An increase in estrogen hormones during pregnancy can lead to broken blood vessels. Pregnancy-related spider veins heal on their own after delivery. Skin changes are common in pregnancy.
Skin conditions such as Rosacea which causes excessive redness and flushing of the skin leading to the capillary walls to weaken and remain dilated, in some cases this can cause a type of acne appearance on the skin
Environmental factors such as excessive sun exposure but also cold weather can increase the vessels to dilate
Lifestyle – Alcohol consumption, smoking.
Injuries/trauma. Minor to significant injuries can lead to bruising. With bruises on your face, broken blood vessels may also be noticeable. Something as simple as wearing prescription glasses daily can create a trauma to the skin and is very common to find on the bridge of the nose as a result.