Sun Exposure - Varicose Veins


Summer is just right around the corner, which means people will be ditching the long pants and sweaters, and opting for shorts and tank tops. I think it’s safe to say we all know the effect the sun has on the skin, but can it also affect existing  spider veins ? The answer is yes; too much sun exposure can absolutely worsen the appearance of spider veins. In warmer temperatures, the veins dilate and enlarge. The sun ultimately breaks down the collagen beneath the skin and the blood vessels near the surface of the skin.

What is Collagen?

It’s a connective tissue that helps to maintain the body by holding the parts together. Collagen can be found in joints, tendons, ligaments, the eyes and the bones. When it comes to the skin and blood vessels, collagen provides strength and elasticity. When it begins to break down, the strength of the tissues decreases and the veins and arteries may even stretch more without returning back to normal.

How can you enjoy the sunshine while preventing damage to your spider veins?

Remember the last time you had sun burn? Try and remember how tight your skin is then and how uncomfortable it can be to move. When your skin is unable to move, so are the veins.

-If you are concerned about the appearance of spider veins on your legs, then you should definitely limit the amount of time spent in the sun. The sun’s rays are strongest during the hours of 10am and 2pm; it’s best to limit your sun exposure during that time period.

-Wearing pants will give you more coverage from the sun.

-Use sunscreen; apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours to all exposed areas.

By taking these extra steps, you’ll be able to protect your legs from the sun.
Please call Premier Vein Specialists for  treatment of spider veins  at 717-412-7226 or contact us if you have any questions regarding your spider veins.