How UV Radiation Can Cause Spider Veins

How UV Radiation Can Cause Spider Veins


As we already know, exposure to UV radiation is hazardous to our skin and our overall health. But did you know that it can also cause dilated blood vessels, known as spider veins? The truth is that if you’re not careful enough in the sun, UV radiation can affect your vein health. Here’s how:


First thing to understand is that there are two types ofultraviolet rays: UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones to be most wary about, as they penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays. And once you are exposed, these rays attack the DNA of cells as well as cell membranes.

According to recent research at John Hopkins University, because ultraviolet rays damage your body at a cellular level, your skin’s fibers become affected. And once your skin fibers are harmed, the skin starts to show signs of premature aging. As a result, your blood vessels are likely to weaken and dilate, causing the possibility of spider veins.

While many cases of spider veins occur in the vessels of your legs, it’s not uncommon that they can also affect your nose, cheeks, and chin. Even though this is generally a cosmetic issue, they can be quite symptomatic, causing aches and burning sensations.

If you think you may be at risk for spider veins or already suffer from the condition, contact Island Vein specialists. We offer sclerotherapy and laser therapy to treat your veins and get you back to feeling like yourself again! Dr. John F. Gallagher offers vein treatment procedures to patients across Long Island, parts of Queens, and other regions. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.