Wellness lexicon

Couperose skin

Many women tend to have redness and extended capillaries around the nose. In particular, the face and blood vessels are exposed to climatic influences like UV light, heat, wind and the cold. When the skin is warm, the capillaries dilate, allowing blood to come to the surface to cool the skin. If the skin is then exposed to very cold temperatures, it will cause the capillaries to restrict. This redness to the skin is known as couperose skin.

Couperose skin is quite often caused by a weakness of the tissue. The fine capillaries are not strong enough or don’t get the support from the surrounding tissue. The veins don’t get any pressure from outside and therefore they extend and appear as fine lines on the skin. The increased blood in the capillaries is pushing against the vascular skin, making the appearance of red vessels worse.  

Dry skin is more prone to couperose skin because dry skin doesn’t have the natural acidic protection as normal or oilier skins and so isn’t as well protected against temperature changes.

If the blood vessels continue to have an increased amount of blood, they will appear as a blue and red web on the cheeks, nose and chin. The constant pressure of the congested blood in the vessels makes them porous and can cause inflammation. This dermatological skin condition is known as rosacea. Smoking, exposure to the sun, the use of solariums etc. leads to an increase of free radicals causing even more inflammation. This inflammation of the fine vessels eventually appears as small or medium sized spots on the skin. 

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