We field a lot of questions about how to treat and prevent spider veins. These are the webbed clusters of tiny veins that have no apparent starting point and certainly no endpoint. They may not be uncomfortable in terms of aching or throbbing the way that varicose veins are, but spider veins are troubling nonetheless. Because these clusters of discolored veins can continue to take up more of the landscape of your skin, they can cause a great deal of stress and embarrassment. Who wouldn’t want to do whatever they could to prevent this problem! Here, we want to discuss a few misconceptions about how to do this.
- To prevent spider veins, use sunscreen every day. To be entirely fair, we will acknowledge that ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds does have a small effect on the risk for spider veins. As essential as broad-spectrum sunscreen is for general dermatologic health, it cannot be said that wearing sunscreen is a surefire way to prevent spider veins.
- Regular exercise is the key to avoiding spider veins. This doesn’t sound like a bad idea. After all, studies have shown that exercise can aid in the prevention of venous disease like varicose veins. Exercise promotes healthy circulation during physical movement as well as after, by strengthening the calf muscles that support the upward flow of blood. However, when it comes to spider veins, exercise holds very little value.
- Spider veins will result from standing or sitting too long. Once again, this is a concept that applies to varicose veins but not to spider veins.
- Eating well can reduce the risk of spider veins. What? We’re shaking our heads at this one, too. According to research, spider veins are more often the result of hormonal imbalance and genetics, not of what’s on your plate.
Spider veins may be tricky in terms of prevention, but they are easy to treat. At The Skin Center, we assist patients with troublesome spider veins on the legs and other parts of the body by performing comfortable sclerotherapy treatments in our various offices. This treatment has been a go-to for many years and has helped millions of people feel better about their appearance. Contact a Skin Center office near you for more information.