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Is it true red wine can cause broken capillaries (small veins) in your face?

By Anonymous September 3, 2014 - 10:17pm
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I had Rosacea in the past with redness around nose, cheeks and broken capillaries but it went away with a compounded face cream and IPL laser treatments. Now, all of a sudden it's worse than ever. Is it red wine? Maybe too much Advil? Can't figure out what's causing it. Love being able to ask questions like this! Thanks EmpowHER!!

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Hi Anon

Great question - thank you! 

Unfortunately there is truth in the notion that red wine (or any alcohol) can cause redness in the face (and neck). 

This is due to too much alcohol in the body increasing blood pressure, causing these delicate veins to enlarge/break. 

However, a couple of glasses of red wine should not cause this, at least not for a couple of decades. While it's easy to break capillaries of the face, moderate wine consumption shouldn't do this. 

You can have this redness due to scrubbing the face, sun or wind damage or aging in general. Genetics may play a factor. 

Advil would not cause this. 

As long as you are drinking in moderation, wine shouldn't be the cause. It may be the cause, however, if you are susceptible to broken capillaries in the first place. 

I would talk to your dermatologist to see why you are getting these broken capillaries again. You may need further treatment which is annoying, I know, after all the work you have had done already. 

Read more on Roscoe here: 


There may be another, more simple reason, that your doctor can help you with. 

Has this helped, Anon? We're glad you like EmpowHER! We're here to help! 



September 4, 2014 - 4:49am
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