As skin conditions, spider veins and rosacea are very similar; in fact, rosacea is a type of spider vein. However, they each have entirely different causes, as spider veins are often affected by lifestyle choices, whereas rosacea is determined by what genes you inherited.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are when capillaries are damaged to the point of breaking and becoming visible. As capillaries are the thinnest blood vessels in the blood circulatory system, it is common for spider veins to form as the skin becomes thinner with age.

The veins are most easily visible in the face or legs, so spider veins usually form in these parts of the body. Coloured red, blue or purple, the spiderweb look gives this skin condition its name.

What Is Rosacea?

While spider veins can be prevented by managing your lifestyle, the same can’t be said of rosacea. Though lifestyle factors such as stress can act as a risk factor, changing your behaviour may have little impact if you have inherited a skin condition.

In rosacea, the blood vessels become engorged, so that the skin often appears reddish. Rosacea symptoms come and go, and appear more as a tinge to the skin, like a sunburn, rather than the more distinct vein shapes of spider veins.

Overlapping Symptoms

Patients with rosacea often have spider veins as well, which can muddy the waters for the layperson to determine the type of skin condition.

Another level of complication is that rosacea can be divided into four further types, each with its own set of symptoms, and many patients experience symptoms of more than one type of rosacea.

Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea

If the rosacea symptoms are more persistent than coming and going, this could indicate erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. Prompt treatment is important for this type of rosacea, to make sure the symptoms don’t spread or set in.

Papulopustular Rosacea

Papulopustular rosacea combines the red rash symptoms of rosacea with whiteheads, or blemishes filled with pus. The whiteheads are often misdiagnosed as acne, and can occur on the scalp, neck, or chest as well as on the face.

Phymatous Rosacea

Phymatous rosacea can cause the skin to thicken into scars. This type of rosacea is rare, usually affects the nose, and is more likely to occur in men than women.

Ocular Rosacea

This type of rosacea has symptoms that affect the eyes, making them look watery or bloodshot. Conversely, ocular rosacea can cause the eyes to dry out and become sensitive, so they may feel irritated or have a burning sensation.

Correct Diagnosis Is Critical

Because their root causes – and therefore treatments – are so different, it’s critical to correctly diagnose your symptoms. If you are experiencing what could be spider veins or rosacea, book your visit to the Vein Care clinic in Melbourne, so that you can find out for certain. Our medical professionals will help you to adjust your exposure to risk factors to manage the symptoms, as well as offering state-of-the-art spider vein treatments.