Last Modified on Apr 17, 2014
Characterized by sprawling web-like veins beneath the skin, spider veins are often found on the face, neck, upper arms and thighs. While the condition is harmless to one’s health, many individuals desire treatment for cosmetic reasons. Many home remedies can be applied with results similar to that of more expensive and invasive treatments.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins typically manifest as a small round, red spot with tiny red veins radiating outward much like a spider’s legs. The result of chronically dilated capillaries, spider veins can be caused by a variety of factors including excessive alcohol consumption, certain medication, elevated estrogen levels and cirrhosis of the liver. Spider veins often come and go and cause few to no symptoms other than the appearance of the veins.
Natural Remedies for Sprawling Veins
The focus of treatment for spider veins is typically to minimize the appearance of the condition. Several treatment options are available including arnica, hydrogen peroxide and sea salt. These treatments function to actively fade veins and prevent the reoccurrence of the condition.
Derived from a flower, arnica is a known treatment option for pain and inflammation associated with bruises, sprains, arthritis and other aches. The compound is a natural anti-inflammatory that also aids in circulation. As such, when applied to the spider veins daily, the compound diminishes their appearance by limiting inflammation.
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural oxidizing agent that eliminates infection and diminishes inflammation. Used as a treatment for spider veins, the substance draws out inflammation-causing toxins and reduces inflammation. The compound also enhances good blood circulation, which can also reduce the appearance of spider veins.
Salt is a vital component in the body for a variety of functions. A component of good circulation, when taken diluted in water daily, sea salt helps restore balance to the body and maintain the appropriate levels of nutrients in the body. As such, the compound is an important component in treating and preventing spider veins.
While treatment is not often necessary for spider veins, many individuals desire reduction in the appearance of these veins. Natural remedies, including arnica, hydrogen peroxide, sea salt and others, effectively reduce the appearance of veins and support good circulation.
09/07/2010: Gretchen from Los Angeles, Ca, Us: "After stumbling across some posts saying that Arnica helped with spider veins I purchased a topical Arnica spray to see if it would help with some spider veins beneath my eyes... I would spray my finger and then lightly dab the area underneath my eyes... I noticed it substantially lessened the spider vein's visibility... Which is great because back when I worked as a real estate agent and had alot of money I spent at least $1000 on IPL (laser) treatments on my face to get rid of them. The IPL would always work for a few months, but they would always creep back... Oh yeah, and it was fairly painful and additionally scarred the skin on my face one time when the young lady applying the IPL became overzealous and cranked the laser strength up much too high... At about $11 for a 4 oz. Bottle, I'd say the Arnica is a bargain, especially as it seems just about as effective as the IPL's were in diminishing the veins! For some reason it never occurred to me to try the Arnica spray on the varicose veins on my legs, but about two weeks ago I finally did. I sprayed the veins down pretty thoroughly, and within a half hour noticed a difference. Over the past two weeks I've been spraying the veins on my legs and other parts of my body with the Arnica on a daily basis and I just can't believe how much they've faded!! They're still visible, don't get me wrong, but I've had both laser treatments and sclerotherapy on my legs which was less effective and MUCH more expensive!! Plus, the sclerotherapy left odd dark marks where the needles had injected the saline that remained all over my legs for a year, and I wasn't able to wear shorts--thanks alot, what was the point in the first place?? I didn't find the laser treatments to be at all effective on my varicose veins, in particular the "deal" I got once for $150. You get what you pay for, really. I had a little more success with a much more expensive laser treatment, but again, the veins always seemed to come back. In two weeks, applying Arnica topically has diminished the appearance of my varicose veins to the point where I'm wearing shorts and looking at my legs all the time! I just can't say how happy I am to be able to wear skirts and shorts without feeling like someone will notice my ugly blue patches!!! Again, I want to make it clear that the veins are still there, just MUCH fainter... Additionally, my varicose veins would not be considered severe by any means, so I don't know how much it would work for someone with very thick and visible veins, but I've had moderate varicose veins on my legs since I was 18 or so... I can't say enough good things about this relatively inexpensive cure, after all of those lousy pocket-stripping cures!!"Replies
[NAY] 08/20/2012: Flowerpot from Kent, Uk replies: "I have been using Arnica cream and oil for weeks on red veins and nothing has happened. Is the spray and tincture different from what I have been using."
[YEA] 06/29/2010: Marina from London, England: "I first started developing spider veins on my nose (on the sides of my nostrils and under them) at the age of 8. They became much more prominent with age and i always had to wear concealer to hide the blotchiness.
HOWEVER, I recently had a nose job and had to wear a cast for a week. As the week passed I noticed that the thread veins under my nose (where there was no cast) had considerably diminished, as if they had 'moved up'. Today I got the cast taken off after a week and the veins that were at the sides of my nostrils have COMPLETELY gone despite 15 years of trying to get rid of them through creams and such.
So I am not certain what exactly allowed for this to happen but I wouldn't be surprised if it was the Arnica montana homeopathy that I've been taking before and post operation as it thins the blood. So i'm guessing that the arnica and pressure from the cast must have made the blood flow back through my veins over time. Hence they also might come back =S.. but i'm going to take great preventative care of my veins from now on through diet and protection form the external environment like the sun.
So this is exactly what I was prescribed..
Arnica montana 5ch:
3 x 3 (times a day) for 10 days before the operation..
Arnica montana 9ch
3 x 4 times a day every 3 hours.
Advice when taking homeopathy ---
1) Do not touch it with fingers as it reduces its efficacity automatically..
2) Do not swallow or suck it.. let it melt slowly underneath your tongue so that the body absorbs it efficiently...
3) Do not eat or drink anything within 15 minutes before or after ingesting it.
You can ask your pharmacist for advice about this."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/17/2014: Fooshcat from West Michigan: "More and more we hear that exercise is a factor in preventing all sorts of diseases from cardiovascular to certain types of cancer to Alzheimer's. So, about 4 months ago I started an exercise routine using a light/medium cardio dvd 3-4 days a week. About 6 weeks ago I switched the routine and began rotating between 3 dvds 5 days a week. One dvd involves toning with light weight and lots of reps; another is toning with weights, lots of reps and interval bursts of cardio; the third dvd involves toning circuits, but it moves at such a pace that my heart pumps like it's medium cardio. Each dvd is a good total body workout and each is about an hour long. Today I happened to notice the spider veins that appear on the inside of my ankle and foot area are much less noticeable. The right ankle/foot was worse for some reason and it looks substantially better. The spider veins on the left ankle/foot are now barely noticeable. The only other change I've made recently is to eliminate artificial sweeteners and add more fruit to my diet. I've always eaten fairly healthy - lots of vegetables, the only meat I eat is wild caught fish, and we eat organic when possible. I've taken an eye health supplement for years that contains rutin which is supposed to be good for veins, but that's not new to my routine. My main unhealthy vice in life is wine!
While the exercise doesn't seem to be helping my cellulite (any tips on this would be greatly appreciated! ), it appears to be helping those nasty little squiggly veins. It'll make me feel better about wearing sandals this summer! For reference, I'm 43 years old and about 10 lbs overweight and have an office job that forces me to sit all day."
01/25/2009: Tina from Singapore, Singapore: "am curious about the Hydrogen Peroxide for treatment of Varicose veins. How & where do i buy it? Any info on what amount or strength is safe? Cheers, Tina"
[YEA] 03/20/2007: Trish from Kansas City, Missouri: "I soaked in 4 pints of 3% store-bought hydrogen peroxide last night for about 20 minutes, while I did a little oil pulling, and noticed this morning that the 'veinyness' in my legs isn't as noticeable. Today I decided to be brave and try the inhalation method...I did two different breaths about 20 minutes apart, 4-5 squirts for each, and then laid down for a nap. I slept for an hour and a half and didn't realize I had even fallen asleep until I woke up and saw the time. I don't even feel that good when I taken melatonin at night. And I woke up with lots of energy. I am also doing the apple cider vinegar remedy so my body is quite 'tingly,' and I'm getting headaches...but these are all signs of detoxification as I have done the Master Cleanse before for ten days and had very similar side effects. The ACV will actually take care of detox headaches if mixed with the baking soda and taken on an empty stomach."
[YEA] 03/18/2007: Dana from Fort Worth, Texas: "Get this! I took a bath in hydrogen perixide and it made my SPIDER VIENS in my legs way less noticable!!! At first I thought it was the ACV i'd been taking, but after a week i noticed my viens back again. So I took another h202 bath (added 1 pt of 3% from store) and my legs are beautifull again!! I don't know how long it lasts, but temporarily it works!! I am so excited!"Replies
05/20/2009: Whitlee from Lexington, Kentucky replies: "I've noticed there are very limited remedies for spiderveins- tried them all with no success. I have suffered from them for years and I am only 23 years old, they are so hideous, and I am too young to have to cover up my legs! Any other discoveries, suggestions, remedies, besides the hydrogen peroxide?"
05/21/2009: Anonymous from Brazil replies: "I used to have spider veins on my face (just below my eye, top of my nose, and forehead): these small red patches that would go away if I pressed them, only to return once the finger was no longer pressing the skin (a 5 year old nice of mine thought it was fun pressing my face and making it disappear, etc).
While at a dermatologist for another condition (folliculitis), I asked him about it and he said it was Spider Veins, and the solution would be laser treatment. With that, I just accepted the fact that I had it and did nothing about it.
Years ago I found this site and started taking ACV for no reason in particular, except to maintain good health. After about a year of taking it religiously, one day I was looking at old photos and noticed the spider veins. Up until then I had completely forgotten I had those at one point!!!! I was in shock to realize they were gone. Maybe it was the ACV, maybe not, who knows. But ACV has improved my skin (no blackheads, no ingrown facial hair anymore, no enlarged pores, no oily complexion, etc).
I use a couple of tablespoons on water, on an empty stomach, one or twice a day. On weekend I usually give it a break."
04/04/2014: Embarrased from United States: "Requesting help from Bill from san Fernando or anyone successfully removing spider veins. Mine have gotten worse since last summer and I doubt I will feel comfortable enough to go with anything but long pants come warm weather. I am 50plus y/o female and on my feet all day with my work, tho I don't know that that is real cause. Anyway they are on inside of my ankles, above ankle bone and all the way down my feet on both legs. Appreciate ANY help. thanks in advance."Replies
04/04/2014: Ladymars from Florida, Us replies: "Hi, you might want to check out the remedies listed under 'Varicose Veins' on this website. Good luck!"
04/05/2014: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Embarassed...Using Nattokinase or Serrapeptase, which are protein digesting enzymes, will act to dissolve the dead organic fibrin build up in the capillaries that generally causes the varicose veins problem.
As additional support you should also take niacin or slow release niacin(no flush niacin -- also called Inositol Hexanicotinate). The purpose of the niacin protocol is to change and thin the blood safely. It also prevents blood lipoproteins becoming too sticky, which causes the blockages at the extremeties of the body. Niacin also opens up the blood vessels and capillaries, which helps to allow the serrepeptase or nattokinase to be delivered more efficiently to the extremeties (hands and feet) where it is needed most without problems.
If you can, also take a strong liquid kelp extract. Kelp contains iodine which acts to make fats/proteins more soluble for easier removal by the liver. Thus excessive fats/proteins in the blood are actively reduced, also helping to eliminate another reason for the varicose vein problem.
Supplement Brewer's Yeast.
Serrapeptase or Nattokinase(as advised on the bottle). Always take these supplements outside mealtimes because you want them to act in the blood.
Liquid Kelp Extract -- As advised on the bottle. The liquid kelp will help you in many other ways as well -- too numerous to mention.
Inositol Hexanicotinate(slow release form) -- 1500 mgs twice a day at meals. If you prefer to take niacin (cheaper flush form) then the per diem dose is lower because of the flush -- 500 mgs twice a day taken at mealtimes.
Brewer's Yeast -- One tablespoon once a day with water at breakfast. Brewer's Yeast contains all the B Vitamins (except B12). All the B vitamins depend on each other, which is why taking brewer's Yeast will naturally add to the effectiveness of the niacin."
04/05/2014: Embarrased from Usa replies: "Thank you so much Bill for your helpful information. I am certainly going to try your recommendations and hope to report back with success!"
Sea Salt and Water
[YEA] 01/24/2014: Catherine from Wellington, Nz: "Hi, I had unsightly spider veins on the inside of my ankles, gradually inching up my leg. I didn't know what to do about them, but shortly after they had been noticed I started on the "watercure" ( 1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt per litre of distilled water. Drink half body weight in ozs ie for 150lbs drink 75ozs per day) a couple months later I noticed veins had disappeared entirely and have never returned"
Sodium Chloride Injections
[YEA] 12/31/2013: Duppy from Virginia: "I like to experiment on myself a lot. If I find a cheaper route than going to the doctor, I'm happy. I share it with others too. I use insulin syringes to inject the spider veins, and varicose veins, with 30% solution of NaCl, which is sodium chloride. I honestly just use the magnesium chloride you can spray on yourself. I mix 1/3 with that solution, then I put in 2/3 of water. If you don't have the spray, just dissolve sea salt and make a solution of 1/3 salt to 2/3 water. I fill up the syringes with that and be prepared for the sting. It does sting, which is normal. Docs don't use this type of solution anymore because it stings. I luckily was able to get my hands on some Lidocaine which I swiped from a doctor's office (I'm poor! ). I mix that in the solution a bit, which helps alleviate the pain.
Honestly, this is just what sclerotherapy is, but without the exorbitant price. I've had it done a few times and I just cannot afford the 3k bill to have this done every few years. I figured out how to do it myself. Make sure you only inject just a little bit into the veins, but right INTO the veins. It'll cause the spider vein to collapse in on itself. You're just injecting saline into your body, which isn't harmful. Just don't freak out when you see bruises because that's normal and they'll heal.
Obviously, if you're diabetic, don't try this on your own. Also, when you inject a vein with one of those insulin needles (which are super thin) if you see blood that comes out of your skin, that means you did good because you injected the spider vein."Replies
01/19/2014: Blue Eyed Gypsy from N.c. replies: "I've thought so many times about doing this myself, can you give more detail please? Thanks."
03/16/2014: Losinghope from Sacramento, Ca replies: "I just read your post. Please email me with more information. I am desperate for something that really works and that I could afford. leamer4(at)comcast(dot)net. Thank you."
Vitamin C and Vitamin E
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Usually taking plenty of vitamin C sodium ascorbate, such as 1000 mg two times per day along with the baking soda at 1/2 teaspoon taken twice a day, and vitamin E 400 I.U./day if taken for about a month should help with the spider veins. Spider vein at least from my point of view is that the body's is in oxidation state and growth is not normal from lack of mineral such as magnesium and zinc also. Therefore antioxidants and mineral supplements should help. I have seen people being helped by this. People who fly frequently or are on the road, or standing too long, can also have this problem too."Replies
04/16/2014: Tracyanne from Nsw Autralia replies: "I would like to ask Ted about unsightly venous flares on lower legs and creeping up to just above the knee. I see where he advocates lemon and bicarb for the pain but what about erradicating the sight of them."