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The truth behind veiny legs: everything you need to know


No matter how we put it, there’s no denying that having veiny legs can make you feel self conscious. And since there are so many myths out there that are probably making you freak out, we've gathered the 411 on everything from why you have them to simply learning how to deal. So, it's time to stop freaking out and get the facts!

Here’s the *truth* behind veiny legs:

What are they?
The two most common forms of veins are varicose and spider veins. Varicose veins are described as enlarged veins that can be blue, red or flesh-colored found behind the thighs and calves. They are knowrn to raise above the surface of your skin. Spider veins are basically varicose veins (but smaller). They are typically closer to the surface of the skin and appear in a red or blue hue.

You’re not the only one
Although you may feel like you’re the only one who has them, you’re not alone. About 50–55 percent of women deal with spider veins. And remember, just because you can’t see 'em on others doesn’t mean they don’t have 'em, too!

Why you have them
Most of the time, spider veins are hereditary (aka: they’re in your genetics and there is no specific reason how or why they appeared). If the veins aren't a hereditary sitch, then there’s a chance they occurred due to increased sun exposure or a decrease of physical exercise. So what's the solution? Make sure to lather on that SPF when you are under those rays and to get in your 60 minutes of exercise every day, girlies!

How to get rid of them
As much as we want to say that there is a magic lotion that makes these veins disappear, there isn’t any (at least it hasn’t been invented yet!). And aside from undergoing surgery or getting laser treatment, you can't really make them go away. What you can do is take care of your body and treat it right.

How to deal
Having veiny legs makes you unique and special—and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you're confident in who you are and love your body wholeheartedly, there’s nothin' that can stop you. Accept your legs as they are and throw on that dress to show off those beautiful gams your mama gave ya!

If you have any more Q’s about varicose or spider veins, talk to your parents and schedule a doctor’s appointment. Remember, you can never be too careful when it comes to your health!

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by Caitlin Moynihan | 4/10/2018