Burst blood vessels

Created: 03.08.2023

Updated: 28.12.2023

Approved by: General Practitioner, Dr Binita Parmar

What are burst blood vessels?

Burst blood vessels, also known as telangiectasias, are small, widened blood vessels that appear just beneath the skin's surface. These vessels can be red or blue and are commonly found on the face or legs. The burst blood vessels can either resemble thin lines or look star-like branching out from a point (spider naevi). Typically, burst blood vessels are not painful and are not felt on the outside of the skin. If you experience this, it could be varicose veins, which must be treated surgically.

Why do you get burst blood vessels?

There are a few common reasons why you might develop burst blood vessels. As you get older, you may notice more of them since they often increase with age. Spending a lot of time in the sun, especially if you have light skin will also increase the likelihood of having burst blood vessels. In addition, you are more prone to burst blood vessels if you are pregnant, on hormone therapy, have rosacea, are overweight or have a job requiring a lot of standing or sitting.

While burst blood vessels are typically harmless, many people still may feel self-conscious about their appearance.

General Practitioner

At Dr.Dropin our experienced GPs provide a wide range of primary care services, similar to those provided by the NHS, either in the clinic or through video consultations.


At Dr.Dropin, you will receive specialist care from our expert Consultant Dermatologists provided by skindoc. With extensive experience from both public and private hospitals, we can assess and treat most chronic and acute skin disorders – either in the clinic, through video, or via a photo upload service.