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Can Creams Eliminate Spider
Veins?
We
often receive inquiries if we have a product that can eliminate spider veins.
Our short answer is “No! Creams will not work on spider veins.” At times, some
will question our frank reply. Many people are being deceived into believing claims
of “revolutionary cure in a jar” for unsightly spider veins.
These
expensive creams are highly advertised and sold over the counter and in the
internet. Some preparations have horse chestnut
extract. Some have caffeine. Others have extracts of arnica and cypress. Most
have vitamin K. And then there is the popular Hirudoid cream. The ingredients in
these creams
cannot penetrate
the skin in sufficient concentrations to have any effect on the veins.
None of these can fix the underlying problem of a
stretched out vein.
Spider veins are small, superficial blood vessels that are
highly visible on the surface of the skin.
They
may look like a group of veins radiating out from a central point; they may
have a shape like the branches of a tree; or they may be thin, separate lines.
They’re
most commonly found on the legs.  You can
have spider veins if you’re pregnant, overweight, inactive, or have a job that
requires standing for long periods of time. In most cases, heredity plays a role.
If your mother has them, there’s a higher risk that you’ll also have spider
veins as you get older.
Sclerotherapy is the best
treatment option for
legs spider veins.
Prevention is possible by wearing compression stockings
if you have to stand frequently for long periods of time, such as with nurses,
teachers and retail sales personnel. Walking, weight loss, and elevating the
legs at bedtime are also very beneficial.
If creams do not work, what are the treatment options? Sclerotherapy is the best treatment for spider veins on
the legs and laser treatments are the best for treating spider veins on the face
and nose.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting the
veins with a saline solution that causes the vein to collapse and disappear. The
procedure is simple and relatively inexpensive. For very small spider veins on
the face, laser therapy and IPL are the effective options. The high energy
treatment causes the veins to shrink and gradually become invisible. Although
needle free, there is still stinging sensation with the laser and IPL options.
While these clinic procedures for spider vein treatment are
more expensive than those creams being peddled in the internet, the results are
far more effective. The bottom line? Don’t waste your money on creams that won’t
work.
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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on October 8, 2013. The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He
received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional
Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic
chemistry. 
Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to info@skinstation.ph. 

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