Don’t Have Spooky Skin this Halloween!

While spider veins and crow’s feet may sound spooky they are quite common and can be easily treated. 

Spider veins are very common occurring in up to 60% of the population with it being more prevalent in women. Spider veins are small, red, purple and blue vessels that are easily visible under the skin. Typically, they are located on the legs and face.

There are many causes of spider veins, including:

  • Heredity
  • Employment- if your job requires a lot of standing such as a nurse or factory worker
  • Obesity
  • Use of birth control pills
  • A history of blood clots
  • Hormones that may be brought on from pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
  • Trauma or injury to the skin

But not to fear, there are treatment options available. 

  • Wear support stockings found at your local pharmacy. This is probably the easiest option and helps ease any pain or uncomfortable symptoms. 
  • Start walking. By taking off some weight and walking it can help treat spider veins.
  • Sclerotherapy. This treatment procedure uses a concentrated saline injected directly into the vein, causing the vein to disappear over time.  This is a simple and inexpensive option that can be performed in an outpatient setting.
  • Laser treatment is an option in which a small laser fiber is inserted into the vein and pulses of laser light are delivered into the vein. This causes the vein to collapse.

Crow’s Feet – No Talons For Me! 

Crow’s feet or ‘laugh lines’ are the tiny wrinkles and fine lines that form around the outer corners of the eyes.  Like everything else, they develop with age and usually start in the late 30s. As your skin ages the elasticity starts to diminish and may form crow’s feet. Other factors also contribute to it like sun exposure, smoking, pollution and squinting. 

The good news it that there are products and services that can help reduce crow’s feet, although many dermatologists would say prevention is the best medicine. First and foremost, limiting sun exposure and smoking greatly helps as well as wearing a sun protective hat with a wide brim. 

If you are concerned with how you look, you can turn towards Botox injections to help temporarily help reduce the look of crow’s feet or turning to some commonly found household products including vitamin E and coconut oil. 

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and contains high amounts of vitamin E which nourish skin cells and tissues.  Additionally, coconut oil has linoleic acid which can reconnect broken skin tissues and delay the formation of crow’s feet. 

Author Platinum Dermatology — Published October 1, 2019