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Cure Broken Capillaries With Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Feb 19, 2016

Cure broken capillaries naturally and look better with these natural treatments contributed by our readers! They have told us how they got rid of those red blotchy marks on their faces or legs with natural vein treatments. No one wants to have to try to hide them all the time.

What Causes Broken Capillaries (telangiectasia rosacea)?

Capillaries are small and fine, part of the circulatory system and connect veins and arteries. Capillaries 'job' is to exchange water, oxygen, nutrients, and waste between cell tissue and the circulatory system. (Arteries carry blood to the cells and back to the heart.) Capillaries are fragile and break when damaged, usually leaving those red blotchy marks we hate on faces and legs. Broken capillaries seldom fix themselves and  require some form of spider vein treatment to remove them.

What NOT To Do -- Prevention is the Best Treatment!

  • Don't wash your face too vigorously. Excessively hot water can also be damaging.
  • Don't expose your skin to the sun too long and apply sunscreen.
  • Don't drink too much alcohol.  It can increase blood pressure and cause broken facial capillaries to dilate.
  • Do -- Protect your face as much as possible -- an injury can cause broken capillaries and red blotches.

Natural Treatments

Vitamin C and Lysine

Some readers report that after taking these natural supplements they saw that the veins were fading.  It's an inexpensive remedy.

Natural Vitamin E Oil

Natural Vitamin E Oil applied topically will help protect and repair broken veins.  Vitamin E may also be taken as a supplement. Be sure to get Natural Vitamin E - d-alpha tocopherol (synthetic Vitamin E is 'dl-alpha....')

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract has cured blotchy veins as reported by our readers.

Natural cures have successfully faded broken capillaries for many of our readers. These natural remedies are inexpensive and easy to do. Let us know if you try any of these remedies to fix broken capillaries. If you know of a cure that isn't listed here, please feel free to share it with us.

Also check out our related pages on:
How To Cure Spider Veins
Varicose Vein Remedies
Cures for Rosacea

Remedies for Broken Capillaries

The Popularity of Broken Capillaries Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Avoid Wine Sulfites12013-04-23
Beet Juice12015-06-23
Coconut Oil12015-03-30
Grape Seed Extract22012-06-07
Helichrysum Essential Oil12015-01-30
Vitamin C and Lysine52013-04-10
Vitamin C and Vitamin K02014-03-20
Vitamin C and Vitamin K Cream32009-09-02
Vitamin K12009-12-16


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Posted by Misti (Cairns, Australia) on 01/26/2015
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I have seen near immediate temporary results with topical Arnica cream (100 mg Arnica montana 1x per gram) used at bedtime. Used at bedtime I see almost immediate results and wake with reduced appearance. I will be increasing to use post shower and/or daytime application for 2x per day. I was given the cream at a cosmetic facial clinic to treat facial bruising so figured it might help reduce the appearance of my capillaries. Age/sun/large busted?? My upper chest is getting broken capillaries. I'm a 54 post menopausal woman on topical HRT (Wiley). One area to place my hormones is my upper chest but have never applied them there.

Avoid Wine Sulfites  

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Posted by Tanya (Mount Pleasant, Sc) on 04/23/2013
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I just really wanted to share this info I have just discovered about myself. For the past 5 years I have had small broken capillaries on my chest that has spread to my face and even my arms, Its become quite embarressing. I am an avid red wine drinker. Pretty much my drink of choice , I spent a couple of weeks drinking beer instead and noticed my (spots) were a tad lighter, so I decided to give wine a break. It's now been a month and a half since I had a glass of wine. Major improvements! Apparently I'm allergic to the sulfites in wine, its a total self diagnosis but I can tell a major difference. I would recommend doing the research if you are having broken veins. One of the 1st reactions of people with a sulfite allergy is irritated skin. I truely believe this is my culprit. It's a bummer because I love my wine! There are sulfite free wines out there that I am soon going to try!

Beet Juice  

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Posted by Eileen (Kansas ) on 06/23/2015
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For those that are using primarily organic foods to heal broken blood vessels and capillaries, I would like to report my recent use of raw, organic red beet juice. The beets I used were organic and sweet enough for me. Sometimes I add raw organic carrots to sweeten beets.

Clean the beets and carrots and then, slice them in medium size pieces. I do not peel beets. Put them in a good strong blender. The resultant juice tastes really good and is so good for the blood. In addition to healing blood vessels, raw organic beet juice is also good for building strong bones. Be sure to warn friends that this healing balm may turn the urine red temporarily.

Dr. Richard Schulze shared how he used to take a blender and raw beets into hospitals where he visited friends awaiting surgery to help strengthen their blood at a critical time.

A sweet reward after surgery may be an organic pineapple. Bromelain from fresh pineapple is a great-tasting way to reduce inflammation and lose weight. It is said that seven pineapples have enough bromelain to cause contractions and even premature childbirth during pregnancy. Most people do not eat seven pineapples at once, but it is a good to know!

Coconut Oil  

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Posted by Cindy (Wa., US) on 03/30/2015
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I have small broken capillaries all over my face and very pale skin. I never got excited until I got a rather large one on the side of my nose that was almost purple in color. I started using coconut oil on my face at a friend's suggestion as a moisturizer and for it's antibacterial quality for my pre-menopausal acne. It has helped tremendously with my acne, but I noticed my broken capillary on the side of my nose is almost gone after just a few applications. It is just a pale thin red now!

Replied by Kim
Can you tell me how much coconut oil you used. At night? Thanks.

Grape Seed Extract  

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Posted by Afitch (Colorado Springs, Co, USA) on 06/07/2012
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I was diagnosed with small vessel capilaritis - red spots on my legs that look like pupura. They would appear almost on a daily basis and take a week to fully heal and fade away. I went to 12 doctors and no one could tell me what to do for them. I found an article on the internet that suggested that oligomeric procyanidins OPCs have shown to improve capillary vessel strength.

I have been taking grape seed extract supplements (from the local health food store) for about two years now and have virtually no capilaritis now. I want to share this with people because it seems that most doctors do not know of anything you can for this condition. These grape seed supplements have helped me greatly. Andy

Replied by Casafina
Sedona, Az
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Broken Capillaries on my nose for ever!!!! I just recently added Grape Seed Extract to my supplement list and it would appear to be working. I had first thought too much caffiene so I cut that out, then maybe I had a "booze" nose cut that out, then it was o still there must be years of sun damage. I had been covering with concealer and with in the first week of adding grapeseed extract I was able to go out with out any concealer. I take plenty of other supplements but my thinking is that it was the only thing that I had added after reading on here about it as a possible solution.

Replied by Kay
Olmsted Falls, Oh
I am so interested in using the grape seed extract for the broken capillaries around my nose. I would just like to know how much to use. Thanks so much. Kay
Replied by Brielle
Slc Ut
With using this grape seed extract, do you take it orally? Have you tried it topically? Would it work if applied directly to the affected area?
Replied by Sheila
N. Carolina
What brand of grape seed and how many mgs?

Helichrysum Essential Oil  

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Posted by Heidi (Morada, Ca) on 01/30/2015

For a broken blood vessel, I would use Helichrysum Essential oil regularly. A high quality oil is good. It is an expensive oil, but this is the one that has a proven track record. Apply 1-2x per day. Rub in gently as it is evaporates if you don't.

Replied by Nounoune
5 out of 5 stars

I too have experienced very good results from the following serum containing Helichrysum. Here is the recipe for 30 ml of serum:

In a dark bottle 30 ml add :

1 tbsp Tamanu oil (Calophyllum inophyllum)
1 tbsp Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
1 tbsp Calendula officinalis oil
6 drops of Helichrysum italicum essential oil
4 drops of Cupressus sempervirens essential oil
6 drops of of Chamaemelum nobilis or Matricaria recutita or Tanacetum annuum

Vitamin C and Lysine  

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Posted by Zoe (Ojai, California, USA) on 04/10/2013
5 out of 5 stars

This Really Works!!

I have been using this formula for about two weeks and am So Delighted to see the capillaries fading each day. They actually started diminishing after the First ingestion. I am taking 1000 VC & appr:4000 Lysine 2X daily. This is so affordable and after years of trying other modalities I am totally Thrilled!! Go For It, Zoe

Replied by Colleen
Greenwich, Ny, Us
Are you using whole foods supplements or synthetic? I started the same regime then read about the horrible side effects of ascorbic acid and how synthetic supplements ultimately deplete us of vitamins and minerals. I appreciate your feedback. Colleen
Replied by Chhivhung

I have been searching for the best way to treat my capillaries on my check. I saw your comment which was about taking Vit C and Lysine. I would like to try it since there is a way to treat. I'll try all possible treatment, except Laser. Laser cause my skin to be sensitive and I can't face the direct sunlight now. So terrible. Before my skin was so nice only after I got the laser to treat my acne(mild) so it resulted so bad as today. I was so stupid to believe those people to get my skin treated. The most regret thing in myself. Anyways, I'd like to ask if your capillaries on you face or where? and how long did you take to get the result. So now there is no capillaries even a bit?

Replied by Tina
Gloucester Point
To Zoe: I'm eager to know if this still works for you and wanted to ask if you were taking 8000mg lysine daily?
Replied by Katherine
Monroe, La
I've struggled with broken capillaries for years after over exfoliating my face (I was young & didn't realize the seriousness of my actions) and I came across this forum tonight. I'm thinking about trying the vitamin C & lysine combination. I need advice on what brand & everything else. Can anyone help me?
Replied by Barry M
Hamilton, Nz
Vitamin P or bioflavonoids, found in the peel or white pulp of citrus fruits helps capillaries. Often the bioflavonoids like rutin are in Vit C supplements.

Posted by Gina (Victoria, Bc) on 06/28/2012
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Hi, I've had two bright red spots (each around the size of a canadian dime) on my right cheek since birth. Over time, this area has become prone to acne due to the concealer I usually wear to lighten the spots. I've been told these are clusters of broken capillaries and have tried several laser removal procedures, all of which were unsuccessful.

I've been taking 1000mg of both lysine and vitamin-c in the mornings and evenings for 3 the past days and am noticing that the spots are lightening. I still see individual blood vessels but the overall patches are fading significantly. I can tell because it's taking less concealer to fully cover them on a daily basis. I used to have to apply 3-5 layers on the area and then would feather it out with a makeup brush. For the past few days I've been fine with a light layer. I'm going to continue the treatment and might actually increase to 2000mg twice daily if the progress slows down.

Posted by Allison (Los Angeles, California, Us ) on 04/07/2012
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I've had broken capillaries on my right cheek since I was a child. My dermatologist said it most likely was sun damage - makes sense since I grew up on the beach. I cannot begin to describe how much I loathe the appearance of it. I tried the laser treatment twice. Both times had AWFUL bruising on my face for a minimum of 2-3 weeks. After the bruising healed I noticed there was a slight difference but not much - debatable whether it was worth the terrible side effects from the laser... but I thought this was my only option.

My friend told me about this site last weekend so I decided to take a gander. I saw the Vitamin C and Lysine combo and started taking it immediately. It's been 5 days and I already notice the red capillaries are disappearing! They aren't 100% gone yet but very faint. I am noticing more of a difference with the vitamins than I did with the laser treatment - no doubt. Since it's only been 5 days I am hoping to see a bigger difference as time goes on? We shall see. If it starts to plateau, I think I will look into taking vit K and adding the bioflavanoid concoction from Kathy.

DOSE: I took 1000mg of Vitamin C and 1000mg of L-Lysine 2x daily. (once in the morning and once in the afternoon)

Replied by Jb
Atlanta, GA
Ascorbic acid is not Vit C. It is only one constituent of Vit C. Most ascorbic acid should be avoided because of inferior, adulterated composition. Instead, use a whole food form of Vit C from responsible companies. Do not waste your money on drug, grocery, Big Box store synthetic Vit C.
Replied by Rips
Dallas, Tx
I was asked by a doctor to put ice on the syringomas. I tried it last night and woke up with an reddish brown blotch in the area I applied ice. I assume it is a case of broken capillaries. What brand of lysine and vitamin c supplement should I use? Please help.

Posted by Aginto (Toronto, On) on 04/19/2010
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I have had broken capillaries around my nose from as far back as I can remember. I think I got them from picking at little tiny blackheads on my nose when I was an obsessive teenager. I've used concealer and foundation in various strengths over the years and I am just tired of covering it up, or looking like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. There is nothing in the world like beautiful skin that's got absolutely minimal make-up on it. Oddly enough, I'm a make up artist, but having excellent skin and wearing minimal make-up is very important to me.

I'm now in my 30's. I do have very minor skin unevenness and a few little broken capillaries on my cheeks that you can't really notice unless I puff my cheeks out. I am taking better care of my skin than ever... but these pesky broken capillaries are making me crazy!

I tried the Vitamin C and Lysine thing... I was taking Vitamin C anywhere from 5000mg to 8000mg a day, with 3000 or 4000mg of Lysine (both spread out throughout the day) for about 3 or 4 weeks. I didn't notice a speck of difference. Maybe my body was really depleted and needed it for longer, so I'm starting it again and I'm going to see how much longer I need to go before I see results.

I also read a lot about Vitamin K. In Canada you can't buy a Vitamin K... you need a prescription for it (it's a coagulant) and in skincare, the strongest you can get it is 1%.

I recently found a seller on eBay who was selling 100mg Vitamin K capsules so I'm hoping they make it through the border okay. I also found another seller who is selling a face cream that is 5.5% Vitamin K. I recently bought a 20% Vitamin C face cream. I bought these all based on what I read here about the combined use of them and how it helped so many people with their broken capillaries.

I also bought organic oranges and yoghurt to make the Bioflavanoid Brew which I put together I guess it wont be ready for a few more days, but I do have Citrus Bioflavonoid pills to get me through.

I'm very excited to try this regiment and see the results I have been wanting for years!

Replied by Linda
Spring Valley, Oh Usa
What is the Bioflavinoid Brew?
Replied by Susan
Saint John, In
See threads below for 09/03/2009 post From Kathy (Dubois, Pa)
Replied by Earthgirly
Mays Landing, Nj, Usa
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I would like to warn people about lysine in excess. I was taking a lysine pill multiple times a day having read about it here... And it apparently depleted my Vit B6 levels to the point where I had massive PMS and a few pimples (I never break out). This made me very high strung and depressed and I was not able to cope with anything and eventually had a nervous breakdown. I woud suggest not going to extremes or recommending extreme measures for what is after all a cosmetic problem that can be covered with powder or makeup. As an example Bare Escentuals sells a Redness Remedy powder with lysine that can supposedly cover and heal veins. This is a lot safer than megadosing with lysine pills.

Replied by Mia
Muriwai Beach, New Zealand
Hi...could someone point me in the direction of the Bioflavanoid brew on this website...I'm unable to find info.

EC: Hi Mia, the Bioflavanoid Brew recipe from Kathy is on the page link below. Just look for this post:

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

Posted by Luckylouie (Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia) on 02/01/2010

To Jessica from Adelaide:

Ascorbic acid (vitamin c)is available in powder form from any health food store in Australia. Ask for the Melrose brand. A 100gram packet will cost around $9. Lysine is also available in tablet form from any health food store in Australia, but I bought it in powder form from the United States Ebay. Even with shipping charges this worked out cheaper than taking it in tablet form.

Posted by Amanda (Davenport, Iowa, United States) on 12/16/2009
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I tried 4 grams vitamin c and 4 grams of lysine daily for one month and saw no results for my broken capillaries.

Replied by Fuzzball
Nanuet, Ny, Usa
Have you had your mineral levels checked? Low levels of Zinc, vitamin k, copper and seleium can cause weak and broken capillaries. You should be taking a good multi-vitamin with these in them. Also vitamin C and Vitamin E can help. If you suspect you have broken capillaries, try avoiding things with high sugar and fructose for awhile, because those can slow down the healing. Hope this helps. GOD BLESS.

Posted by Amy (Charlotte, US) on 04/22/2009
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Nay - I tried 4 mg of Vitamin C and 3 mg of Lysine daily for a month and did not see any positive results for my broken capillaries. I am not going to continue on this treatment. I am disappointed that it didn't work since a couple others had posted positive results.

Replied by Victoria Crumb
Dublin, Ireland
Just wanted to answer the person number 1 who tried Lysine and Vita. C. in Mg. dosage. Everyone else used grams - she said she used 4 and 3 mg respectively. Wanted to ask her did she make a type mistake, or a dosage mistake? No one picked up on this. V.C.

Posted by Kim (Chicago, IL) on 07/11/2008
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Broken Capillaries (cure)

I have suffered with rosacea for almost 20 years and have several broken blood vessels across my nose and cheeks - I have had laser surgery to get rid of them, but they always come back. I was actually going to schedule another expensive laser appointment, but decided to check Earth Clinic first. I have started the Pauling Therapy and have been taking sodium ascorbate vit c and lysine for about two weeks and amazingly the diffuse redness is fading and the broken cappilaries are going away! My fiance has noticed too! I am just thrilled to have found this treatment. I started by taking 4grams Vit C and 3grams Lysine once a day during the first week and the second week I started taking it in the morning and evening. I just printed a pdf chapter exerpt off the website:

I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I did skim it enough to read that the recommended doseage should be broken up in divided doses throughout the day. Hope this helps many people. :)

Replied by Minni
New York, NY
Did you have any complications when taking the Vit C and Lysine? When you first started seeing a difference, was it with the 4grams Vit C and 3gramd Lysine or ...? Thanks!!!
Replied by Amy
Charlotte, NC
This information is fascinating and I will try the vitamin C & Lysine to help with my broken capillaries. Could you tell me once this starts to get rid of the broken capillaries, do I have to continue to stay on the high doses of Vit C & Lysine or can I stop after seeing desired results? Many thanks!
Replied by Thomas
Berlin, Germany
Have anyone tried it? would like to get some feedback on it. I also want to get rid of my Blood vessels around my nose;.)

Posted by Tara (San Francisco, CA) on 11/08/2007
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This is feedback for the VITAMIN C AND LYSINE COMBINATION treatment for broken capillaries. I've had a few broken capillaries since childhood - around the nose from excessive nose blowing due to hay fever, a small one under an eye, and one on a finger. For about 2 years I was taking 1-2 grams of vitamin C per day as a general health booster and one standard lysine pill (can't remember the dose) per day to prevent cold sores. I didn't notice any change in the broken capillaries. My doses were a lot lower than yours, but I took them for such a long time that you'd think there'd be some improvement. Oddly, the broken capillary on my finger disappeared spontaneously a few years after that. Lysine and vitamin C are both cheap though, so it's worth a shot. But if you try it, I'd recommend taking the huge doses described.

Replied by Jay
Selangor, Malaysia
Read that over dosage of lysine will damage the liver..if to take 3g each day for curing broken capillaries? anyone know abt this?
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn

529 Posts
To Answer Jay's question re Vitamin C & L-lysine:

Hello Jay,

I looked up Linus Pauling by searching for Linus Pauling Institute and found that the recommended dosage for cardiovascular health was 3-6 grams of each daily but I usually take 8 grams of each daily for colds, flu, herpes simplex without any adverse reactions. Linus Pauling's theory is that cardiovascular problems are caused by a deficiency of vitamin C which is necessary for building collagen. Vitamin C (specifically ascorbic acid) works as an enzyme to convert proline and lysine to hydroxyproline and hydroxylsine which are building blocks of collagen. You will find much interesting information on studies that proved his theory, and other studies that found men who were low on vitamin C had many more heart problems (including infarcts) and that many patients with chronic heart disease and atherosclerosis regained normal cardiac function with his therapy. Two other vitamins (E & A) were also recommended for cardiac health. Other studies proving his therapy cleared the arteries in a few months time are discussed. The fact that orthodox medicine (pharmaceuticals, hospitals, AMA have managed to keep this from being widely circulated, IMHO it probably works so well that the entire medical field would have suffered economic distress due to a drastic decrease in patients having CAB's and other surgeries and expensive procedures related to heart disease.

In view of current reports of everyone being low on magnesium and knowing that magnesium has a lot to do with heart rhythm and blood pressure, a good magnesium supplement probably is in order also

Now I have a question for you. Can you give me your reference to lysine causing liver damage because the only thing I could find is that both C & lysine are known to be safe at least up to 4 grams each per day and 2 others that said no adverse reactions to lysine are known and lysine reactions are not very well reported. My personal experience is that both are safe up to 8 grams of each per day. You will find that most literature states that GI irritation occurs above l0 grams of Vit. C per day orally but much larger dosages have been given IV without adverse reactions .
Replied by Jay
Selangor, Malaysia
Thanks so much for doing the research for me...from what i search in the net, it says damage liver and kidney if taken in high dosages and said that 1g a day is the proper i wasnt sure whether taking 3g is safe. Thanks for enlightening that 3 g is still safe. I will continue with my 3g L-lysine , 4 g Vit C a day regime then. However i will be glad if you could point to me which website your were getting these helpful will be great help...thanks
Replied by Jay
Selangor, Malaysia

Side Effects:
After taking 3 g of L-Lysine and 4g of vit C a day for consecutively 5 days, my bladder is painful when urinating. Then I stopped for 2 weeks, the pain stops. I continued taking the same dosage again and on 7th day, i got the same pain this a side effect? I think this will lead me to develop kidney stones as mentioned in some website.

Replied by Dlmaui
Haiku, Hawaii, Usa
For Jay: This is from the Linus Pauling institute webpage:


Although allergic reaction is possible, there is no known toxicity associated with high doses of the phylloquinone (vitamin K1) or menaquinone (vitamin K2) forms of vitamin K (20). The same is not true for synthetic menadione (vitamin K3) and its derivatives. Menadione can interfere with the function of glutathione, one of the body's natural antioxidants, resulting in oxidative damage to cell membranes. Menadione given by injection has induced liver toxicity, jaundice, and hemolytic anemia (due to the rupture of red blood cells) in infants; therefore, menadione is no longer used for treatment of vitamin K deficiency (4, 6). No tolerable upper level (UL) of intake has been established for vitamin K."