What Exactly Causes Spider Veins?

One of the more popular questions we get asked at Pure Touch Skin Center is, “What causes spider veins?” We hear this from time to time when clients come in for various treatments like botox or skin tightening. It’s a common problem that many face, and they don’t exactly know what causes it. But we do.

What Are Spider Veins?

What Are Spider Veins

In case you’ve stumbled onto this blog and don’t know what spider veins are, we’ll define them for you. Spider veins are small veins close to the surface of the skin and are usually red, blue, or purple in color. They get their name because the sprawled-out veins often look like a spider’s web, and are usually found on the cheeks, chin, and around the nose. Though we commonly see varicose veins on the legs, we can also see spider veins there as well.

Are They The Same As Varicose Veins?

Are they like varicose veins - spider veins

Yes, but also no. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but not quite the same. Varicose veins are much thicker and larger. They also usually bulge out from your skin. Varicose veins often look like bunched-up cords swirling back and forth. The most common areas where you see varicose veins are on the calves and thighs. Since the largest veins in your body tend to be in your legs, this is why you often see the protruding varicose veins sticking out from those spots.

Why Do We Get Spider Veins?

The veins in your body are tasked with carrying your blood back and forth to your heart and circulating all over your body. There are muscles that surround your veins which help the blood flow. What starts to happen sometimes is the blood will pool inside your vein, causing it to weaken over time. As a result, the vein will begin to twist and turn to create what we call spider veins.

What Causes Spider Veins?

There are a number of causes why some people may get spider veins, including:

  • Heredity. Unfortunately, some people simply get spider vein genes passed down from parents and grandparents.
  • Age. As you get older your veins may weaken, causing you to get spider veins.
  • Obesity. Being overweight can cause stress on your veins.
  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy there’s an increase in the amount of blood, which can cause stress to the veins.
  • Sun Exposure. Overexposure to the sun can cause spider veins in the facial area.

Who Gets Spider Veins?

Anyone is susceptible to them, but women are twice as likely to get them. And if your job has you standing on your feet all day or being out in the sun, you’re more at risk to get these veins on your body.

How Can You Prevent Them?

How Can I prevent spider veins

There’s no foolproof way to prevent problematic veins from popping up, although regular exercise can help to improve the blood flow in your body and ease the stress on your veins. Getting consistent sleep as well as keeping a healthy diet can also help.

How Can I Treat Them?

If you already have spider veins, there are some ways to help treat them. You can choose to do sclerotherapy, which involves needles injecting a solution to cause the vein to eventually fade into your skin tissue.

At Pure Touch, we offer IPL Photofacials to get rid of the spider veins, using our industry-leading elōs laser machine to get rid of them. This treatment requires no downtime or interruption to your regular routine, and will greatly improve your unwanted spider veins.


The important thing about spider veins is that they are not a serious medical issue. What they are is an annoyance that can cause some people to be very self-conscious. With the new laser technology available now, there’s no reason to ignore spider veins if they bother you. If you’re ready to get rid of them, book a free consultation with us!