Debbie says… I have a problem with red, broken capillaries on my face. I saw an ad for Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream that said that it would help with this problem but I want to ask you if it works before I spend a small fortune for it.
The Right Brain Responds:
The problem you describe is a condition called telangiectasia. The blood vessels are probably not broken, it’s more likely that they’re just enlarged which makes them more visible through the skin.
Some forms of telangiectasia are caused by diseases or other medical conditions. If this is the case for you, you should consult your physician. But other cases of telangiectasia have no clear cause. These are termed Generalized Essential Telangiectasia (or GET for short.)
If GET is what you’ve got, you should ask your Derm if you’re a candidate for laser phototherapy. This kind of treatment has been shown to be helpful. But according to the research we’ve seen , there are no topical treatments that are proven to get rid of GET. Interestingly, in at least a few cases, antibiotics (like tetracycline) and antiviral drugs (like Acyclovir) have been helpful in clearing up GET. Again, ask your doctor.
Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream may be a perfectly fine facial moisturizer, but there’s no credible scientific reason that it should help your “broken” blood vessels.