A: Although we associate varicose and spider veins with ropiness, raised surfaces and blue or red coloration, they are not limited to such symptoms. In fact, varicose veins can often cause itchy or inflamed skin, which you might not intuitively link to veins. 

That said, if you want the best possible skin on your legs, it’s important to understand the mechanics and treatment of varicose veins. Veins have valves in them that allow you to pump blood against the flow of gravity up toward your heart. If those valves weaken, typically because of straining, obesity or a lack of exercise, as well as genetic and medical factors, blood will backflow and pool in veins, causing bulging and breakage.

The best way to combat varicose and spider veins is to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. If you are genetically predisposed, see a vein specialist to address current vein issues and prevent more serious occurrences