Your feet may not be your first concern but they should be taken into consideration and given as much attention as you give other parts of your body. Do not ignore your feet. They are very important.
Feet work hard and as a result they may not look as good as they should. For example, do you have broken capillaries in your feet? Many people experience this. In fact, two out of three individuals over the age of 30 have dilated capillaries. The medical term for broken capillaries is telangiectasia rosacea.
Capillaries are delicate and effortlessly broken because they do not contain muscle fiber or collagen.
Why do they break?
Capillaries can be red, blue or purple. They increase when there is pressure within the capillary or the walls of the capillaries have become frail. When vessels enlarge they break and blood leaks out, which emphasizes the appearance of the capillaries. When they break, threadlike veins appear in the feet and ankles or elsewhere on the body.
What damages the capillaries?
Damaged capillaries can be the result of poor circulation. Those who stand on their feet for long periods of time are at risk for developing broken capillaries in their feet. Other conditions that can lead to broken down vessels include constipation, pregnancy and labor, sitting for long stretches of time, obesity, an inadequate diet and lack of hydration.
As a person ages, capillaries lose their suppleness. The capillary walls decline and this causes the capillary to cave in. At this point, small webs of unified lines appear and the skin turns scarlet. The vessels are particularly noticeable because older skin is thin and veins become more obvious.
When a person takes the hormone estrogen this can exacerbate the occurrence of broken capillaries. Drinking too much alcohol has the same effect. Blood pressure increases when a person consumes alcohol, causing facial veins to dilate. When this dilation occurs repeatedly the vein may end up locked into this position.
Exposing your skin to extreme heat for more than 30 minutes or arduous activity can cause capillaries to get bigger and break. Liver disease can result in broken capillaries.
When a person is deficient in vitamin B complex or vitamin C this can cause capillaries to break.
It is very easy to unintentionally break a capillary. If the foot sustains an injury, this can break capillaries. Scrubbing your skin too briskly can also result in broken capillaries. The reason capillaries are so susceptible to damage is because they are located just under the skin.
The bad news about broken capillaries is that once broken they will not contract and return to normal breadth or mend themselves.
Can I hide them?
A cream foundation or cover-up conceals broken capillaries. If you are going to a big event and are wearing foot-revealing shoes, smooth some foundation on your feet and no one will be any the wiser.
Wear sunscreen on your feet when outside which lessens the chance of broken vessels on your feet or elsewhere.
Applying a mixture of parsley oil, coconut butter, rose essential oils and palmarosa to the capillaries may make the broken vessels less noticeable.
Adam Lambert writes for the Houston Nail Clinic, whose mission is to rid the world of fingernail fungus and toenail fungus. Writing about treatment for toenail fungus allows people to learn about the best methods for getting rid of this unsightly infection.