What Causes Varicose Veins?

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As we age, it’s common for blue and violet lines to start appearing on our legs. These lines are caused by varicose veins, which are superficial veins that have become enlarged, stretched, and damaged over time.

You may have also referred to these noticeable lines as spider veins — a form of varicose veins that appear closer to the surface of the skin, with smaller red and blue lines branching out in a spidery/web-like array.

Most women find their varicose and spider veins to be more of a cosmetic annoyance or insecurity, but it’s also common for women to report tenderness and discomfort in their legs as these veins become more prominent. 

Causes of Varicose Veins

While you may have developed or noticed spider veins on your face, the most common placements for spider and varicose veins are the legs. 

The primary cause of varicose veins is an increase of pressure and strain on circulation, largely due to the stress on your legs from running, walking, crossing your legs while sitting, and even just standing. As years go by, the ramifications of this pressure start to take a toll on your veins as they work overtime to keep your blood flowing from your legs and feet back to your heart. This essentially means that your veins are working against gravity any time you are standing to continue your circulation from the lower half of your body back to your chest 

As this blood is pushed towards your heart, your veins use small valves to close behind the blood to prevent any backward/downwards flow. However, if the pressure on these valves has become too great over time to the point where they are too weak to function properly, excess blood can start to gather in the vein, causing the elastic vein to stretch and expand. This is what causes the spider and varicose vein appearance.

Who Is At Risk for Varicose Veins?

The most common demographic of people who develop spider veins and varicose veins are older and/or pregnant women. However, there is a genetic factor at play — if your mother and other women in your family had prominent varicose veins, you are more likely to develop them over time. 

Additional causes of varicose and spider veins in your legs include obesity and occupations and hobbies that require extensive standing or sitting, as this can restrict blood flow. 

How Can You Reduce the Appearance of Varicose and Spider Veins?

While there are multiple treatments to get rid of varicose and spider veins such as laser therapy, radiofrequency ablation, and surgery to remove or close the veins, these options can be incredibly expensive, painful, and invasive.

If you are looking for a non-invasive solution to varicose and spider veins, we might have the perfect product for you!


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The 95% Diosmin used in this product is the highest available in the commercial markets.

Diosmin is a venoactive ingredient, which simply means it is known to affect symptoms related to venous diseases and abnormalities. By helping to improve circulation, promoting the elasticity of blood vessels, strengthening veins, reducing inflammation, and supporting lymphatic drainage, this compound has been used for decades to reduce the appearance of spider and varicose veins and minimize swelling in the body, primarily in the legs.

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