Couperosis and dilated veins on the face: what can and cannot be done?

First, let’s look at the types of veins that can occur on the face and The most common include:

Dilated veins of the paraorbital region: veins around the eyes (often located at the lower and outer edges of the eye), temporal veins (formed in the temple area, sometimes capturing the frontal part of the face, and then the scalp). Most often, the diameter of such veins is from 0.5 mm to 4 mm.
Separate single vessels, telangiectasias – small veins less than 1 mm in diameter of blue, purple and pink, localized in the face, wings of the nose, above the upper lip, chin.
Couperose is an accumulation of dilated vascular networks in the cheeks, cheekbones, less often in other areas – the neck, décolleté, etc.

The first two variants of veins (paraorbital, temporal, separate telangiectasias) in most cases are only an aesthetic feature, not associated with any significant pathology. The patient is allowed to play sports, fly an airplane, sunbathe and swim. Even if a trip to the south provokes a couple of new vessels, the situation will still not be critical. With such veins, you can live a normal life without binding yourself to any noticeable restrictions.

The paraorbital and temporal veins may increase in size during intense exercise. This phenomenon is a consequence of increased blood flow. After training, it completely disappears, the veins return to their previous size.

As for rosacea, it is important to understand the cause of the appearance of pronounced vessels on the face. For example, exposure to temperature factors (cold or heat) can aggravate the situation. Therefore, long snowboarding and skiing, frequent trips to the sauna, solarium and prolonged insolation should be limited. The same applies to alcohol, nicotine – they affect vascular tone, which also manifests itself on the face.

The answer to the question “is it possible to play sports with rosacea” will also be positive. In moderate amounts (not in hot or frosty weather), physical activity gives only a short-term rush of blood and a temporary increase in the vascular pattern on the face. Accordingly, after playing sports, everything becomes as before.

The choice of cosmetic procedures for this pathology also has its own characteristics. For example, peeling with rosacea is allowed, mainly superficial (enzymatic). Cream for rosacea is recommended to be selected together with a cosmetologist. It is also important to remember that any active massage for rosacea is not indicated, as it can provoke deterioration.

If the appearance of blood vessels on the face is caused by some serious disease (for example, systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), then the restrictions become already stricter. Patients should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun (possible photosensitivity). The sports program must be coordinated with the attending physician – a rheumatologist, cardiologist or other specialized specialist.

SLE can affect various organs and systems, therefore, the limiting factors for sports are no longer blood vessels on the face, but pathologies of the joints, heart, etc. More detailed information about all restrictions can be obtained after a thorough history taking at an in-person consultation with a doctor.

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