Spider Veins and How To Get Rid of Them

Spider veins are essentially a mini version of varicose veins. Varicose veins can also affect very young people and as they are close to the surface of the skin they are very noticeable.


They tend to appear on the legs, breasts (in women) and face; the latter being a source of particular distress.

Genetic Link and Venous Insufficiency

Interestingly, studies have shown that there is usually a strong genetic link with other family members suffering from varicose veins, swollen ankles, haemorrhoids and spider veins. These conditions are known, collectively, as ‘venous insufficiency’.


Hormonal changes can also result in spider veins; pregnancy or a change of contraceptive pill can cause women to experience these thread veins suddenly. Other causal factors include being overweight and over-exposure to sunlight.

Treatments for Spider Veins

Spider veins are not harmful, but they won’t go away unless removed via treatments such as sclerotherapy (where a medicine is injected to shrink the vessels) or use of Intense Pulsed Light, which is available at Thérapie Clinic.


The IPL therapy is effective and you can help sustain the effects by being careful with your diet; losing excess weight and limiting your sun exposure by wearing a high SPF all the time.

Diet and Exercise recommended

There are also foods, herbs and supplements that can help. They include berries (especially blueberries), cherries, red grapes, citrus fruits including the pith, rye and buckwheat. Foods such as garlic, onion, ginger and chilli help too and are good for your metabolism and overall health.


Improving the circulation is also important as it lessens the chance of developing spider veins. Exercise will help; try not to cross your leg as you sit; place both feet on the floor instead and at the end of the day, lie on the floor or your bed with your legs up the wall for 15 minutes.


To eliminate your spider veins, call Thérapie Clinic for a free consultation on 1890 650 750 or see /skin-treatments/thread-vein-removal/