Can You Use Essential Oils to Treat Facial Spider Veins?

May 26, 2021
By United Vein & Vascular Centers®

Many people are turning to more natural remedies when it comes to their current ailments, as the demand and research being done on these more holistic remedies is ever increasing. One such method that is gaining traction is the use of essential oils in treating facial spider veins. But is this method effective? If you are seeking spider vein removal, the options may need to be more of a surgery-based option. Here at United Vein & Vascular Centers, we have locations all throughout the United States, including clinics in Colorado, to better help you understand and treat your varying vein and circulatory issues.

What Are Spider Veins?

Similar to varicose veins, spider veins are due to poor circulatory problems in your vascular system. Although varicose veins typically develop on the lower extremities, spider veins can crop up anywhere on the body, including the face. Spider veins are blue or red in color and are named for their distinctive web-like appearance. Spider veins are thinner and more flat than varicose veins, which are larger and bulge out from underneath the skin. They both stem from venous insufficiency, or the inability of valves in the veins to pump deoxygenated blood back to the heart. When spider veins appear on the face, it can also be due to broken capillaries, or dilated blood vessels. Varicose veins can be quite uncomfortable as well as an eyesore, giving you an aching, painful feeling, while spider veins are more of a cosmetic issue with little to no pain involved.

Facial Spider Veins

If you are seeking treatment options for your spider veins and want to try a more natural approach, essential oils may be a course of treatment you want to explore. As with any type of treatment, you should talk to your doctor first before pursuing these options, as every individual will have a different response, and there may be some ingredients in essential oils that you are allergic to. Essential oils are typically derived from plants, trees, flowers and herbs, and the oil is diluted with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond, olive, coconut or jojoba. Once it’s diluted with a carrier oil, you can massage the essential oils onto your skin directly, or use a cloth soaked in the oils and then apply to your skin. The most commonly used essential oils for varicose or spider vein removal are lavender, horse chestnut, sea pine, grape vine, and yarrow, which is a plant found in Asia and Europe. These oils are also said to decrease pain and swelling, and improve circulation overall in your body. Other oils that prove useful include using lavender and yarrow oil, combined with cypress, tea tree, and lemongrass, which can also help alleviate spider veins on the face. You can apply the oil directly onto the veins or use a hot or cold compress onto the spider veins is also a preferred method of treatment. Other essential oils that have proved useful for spider veins in the face include parsley, rose, marigold, chamomile, geranium, and peppermint.

Spider Vein Removal

Although these methods may help reduce the appearance of your spider veins, they most likely won’t completely treat or cure your vein issues. Surgeries are most often your go-to solution for completely spider vein free legs. There are other at-home remedies that may be able to help reduce their appearance as well, but you should discuss all available options with your doctor to help you narrow down which solutions work best for you.

Contact Us

Are you ready to do more about your facial spider veins? Whether it’s a more natural or surgical approach, talking to a vein specialist can help you get the information you need to make an informed decision on your next treatment steps. United Vein & Vascular Centers in Colorado can help you determine what will work in either decreasing your spider vein appearance, or in eliminating them. Call us today!

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