Make sure, however, that you observe the skin in the treated area since some people have very sensitive skin and might notice some redness or irritation in the affected place. In that case, dilute apple cider vinegar with some water or reduce the number of treatments by half.
To make the most of apple cider vinegar properties, you can also apply it internally. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of organic honey and a cup of warm water. Drink the solution before meals to remove the inflammation from the veins, to boost your immune system and to fight bacteria and viruses that might be present in your body. That’s a lot of extra benefits for a simple spider veins treatment, isn’t it?
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is very effective in the spider veins treatment, but it’ quite strong so it cannot be applied to the skin on its own. That’s why you need to dilute a few drops of lemon essential oil with jojoba or almond oil and then rub it onto the affected area. It smells great, the application is easy and there is no need to rinse the skin afterwards. The only problem is that to see the results fast, you should apply lemon essential oil on your spider veins three to four times a day. The results are worth it, however.
Due to its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties witch hazel makes a perfect product to use in the fight against spider veins. It can be applied directly onto the skin, for example with a soaked cotton ball. Don’t rinse it off and repeat the process four times a day until you see that the spider veins become much less visible.
Consumption of ginger can thin your blood, which will make the blood flow put less pressure on the blood vessels. Ginger is very versatile and you can either add it to your homemade juices, make some ginger tea or consume it in the form of a powder, as a supplement. Remember that if you’re already taking some medicine that influences the thinning of your blood, then you should consult the doctor before you increase the intake of ginger.
To strengthen the walls of your veins and improve blood circulation, you can take the extract from ginkgo Biloba as a supplement. It is widely available in pharmacies and herbal shops. It is normally recommended to take milligrammes of ginkgo Biloba extract three times a day during the treatment and the once a day as a means of prevention.
The extract of horse chestnut is one of the most efficient home remedies for spider veins. You can take it in the form of a supplement or apply horse chestnut oil externally, mixed with witch hazel in 1:10 proportion. The active compounds of horse chestnut inhibit the enzymes that can damage the walls of blood vessels, so it both heals the spider veins and strengthens the capillary walls.
Medical Treatments For Spider Veins
One of the most popular medical treatments for spider veins is sclerotherapy. It can have different forms. Sometimes the doctor injects a special salt solution into the area where spider veins appear. The solution makes the vein collapse and the blood get absorbed into the blood system. If you don’t like injections, there is also a variety of this treatment in which blasts of cool air are applied onto the affected area. The results are the same as in the treatment with injections. In both cases, the patient may experience some minor discomfort and slight bruising, but it’s normally gone within three to four weeks, which is the time the body needs to absorb the blood from broken veins. Very often some thinner spider veins get removed with just one treatment, but it depends on the condition of the veins, so sometimes up to four treatments are necessary before all the veins get cleared up completely.
Alternatively, you can try laser treatment, which might be a bit more expensive, but gives almost instant results. The treatment can be done in a beauty clinic, but has to be performed by an experienced specialist, who will mark all the affected areas first and tell you the cost and length of the treatment. During the process you might feel a bit of pain whenever the beam of laser breaks the thin blood vessel, but it’s probably less painful than injections anyway. The smallest spider veins will disappear directly after the treatment and the larger ones will need up to three weeks to heal.