I Have Broken Capillaries on My Face, and I Really Want Them Gone

Hallie Gould

About a year ago, I noticed a small red dot emerge on my pale, usually clear cheek. I brushed it off as a blemish, applied my go-to essential oil blend spot treatment, and went on with my day. Though, after about a week, I grew frustrated. What is this? I thought as I poked and prodded my skin with my finger. I remembered Renée Rouleau had a product meant to fade discoloration left from cleared-up breakouts, decided that must be what it was, and began using her product. When that didn't work, I was even more irritated. I must scar really easily, I reasoned, and continued to treat it.

It took about a year and some change for me to finally figure out what the red mark really is: a broken capillary. Broken capillaries sprout up for a ton of reasons, but for me, Rouleau told me during our seasonal facial appointment, it was from rigorous microdermabrasion. Other than the fact that such information was devastating to me (microdermabrasion makes my skin so glowy), it made sense. "If you're prone to them, the sucking and pulling during the treatment can easily bring them to the service," Rouleau explained.

So we discussed treatments and landed on laser as my best bet. I made an appointment with a dermatologist and have begun trying to zap it out (it takes time). Below, my dermatologist and Rouleau explain everything you need to know about broken (or dilated) capillaries, including where they come from, what they are, and how best to treat and prevent them.

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