Often the first signs you will see are spider veins. Are they the same thing? Not really but it’s definitely the first stage. Spider veins are small dilated blood vessels. And these things are tiny! Less than a single millimeter across.

You will find these just under the skin and they are named the way that are as they almost have a ‘web’ like effect just like a spider makes. They are a sign that varicose veins might be coming soon. This is not a 100% accurate way to measure that you will get varicose veins but spider veins and definitely a precursor.

They tend to develop in different places such as the facial area and even the legs specifically the back of the knee and the ankles.

On the other hand varicose veins are easier to spot. They appear dark blue or purple in color and are generally raised, twisted and bulging out of the skin.

So at the end of the day having either varicose or spider veins is not healthy. Having either means their is a problem with your veins and how you blood flows to your heart. You don’t need to be a doctor or having any medial training to know that blood not flowing properly is dangerous.

If we compare the two spider veins are not that bad as they are very small. The problems really start to occur once once you have varicose veins. On top of their unsightly and nasty appearance they can be painful and they put more pressure on deeper veins in your body to pump blood. This leads to pain, poorer blood circulation and if it’s not treated much more serious and longer term problems.

It’s important to get treatment as soon as you know you have varicose veins.

What Causes Venal Problems

Varicose veins are most common at a middle age point in life and women tend to get them moreso over men. Men also tend to get milder cases without the massive budlging Varicose veins like effect that can typically be seen more on women.

Howe do they show up? Generally it’s to do with genetic factors. But other causes are aging hence the common about middled age. Pregnancy, obesity and menopause.

Lifestyle is also a major factor. If you work in a role that involves a lot of standing or have previous leg or abdominal injuries then these can contribute.

It doesn’t matter what your history is. Once you have identified that you have it’s best to get them checked out by a professional. Like I said I’m an advocate for natural healing but with varicose veins you might have deeper internal blood flow issues so seeing a doctor is always a good step to rule that factor out.

If you are looking to treat you varicose veins to clear you skin up I highly recommend Venorex. It’s a varicose vein cream and you can read more about it on the front page of Health Skin Lab.