What is “Dry Brushing,” And Can it Help Varicose Veins?

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  • Dry brushing is a unique skin care technique that claims to reduce the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins, among other health-related benefits.
  • The practice requires running a dry, soft bristle brush over the skin in circular motions toward the heart to boost blood flow and clear away toxins.
  • The vein specialists at Palm Vein Center discuss whether or not dry brushing can help varicose veins.

What Is Dry Brushing?

As we mentioned previously, dry brushing is an ancient skin care technique that is considered a natural remedy for various skin care and health problems. Unfortunately, there are a number of health and wellness bloggers out there touting the benefits of dry brushing. Many of these “benefits” include:

  1. Increasing blood flow and circulation
  2. Aiding the lymphatic system to clear away toxins
  3. Reducing the appearance of cellulite
  4. Leaving the skin softer and smoother
  5. Treating varicose veins

Regrettably, there is very little medical research to back up most of these claims. Moreover, one of the most alarming claims that we’ve seen about dry brushing is that it can improve organ function. At the moment, there is no medical data to support this assertion.

It is true that exfoliating the skin can help shed dead skin cells, revealing smoother, softer skin, but apart from that, there is no evidence to support the above-mentioned health benefits of dry brushing. In fact, it’s imperative spider and varicose vein patients in their 30s and beyond approach this skin care fad with caution.

The Dangers of Dry Brushing with Venous Disease

According to the experts at Palm Vein Center, using a dry brush too frequently or vigorously can increase your risk of developing micro-cuts, which can lead to an infection if you’re not careful! This is not generally a concern for people in their teens and twenties because the skin is a lot more elastic and capable of exfoliating itself. Still, this exfoliation technique can affect people of all ages.

Regardless of age, if you’re exfoliating more than once a week you may be breaking down your skin’s protective barriers, which could cause serious irritation. Moreover, if you suffer from dry or problematic skin (eczema), you may want to stay away from dry brushing altogether because this technique can leave your skin less hydrated and inflamed.

In regard to varicose veins, those micro-cuts from dry brushing could increase your risk of spontaneous bleeding and infection, so it’s best to stay away from the practice or at the very least, perform it under a physician’s supervision. As it stands, there is no medical evidence to support the benefits of dry brushing for varicose veins.

Are There Benefits to Dry Brushing?

We know there may be some benefits to dry brushing for people who do not suffer from venous diseases. Namely, skin detoxification. Exfoliating the skin helps slough off dead skin cells to improve the overall appearance of skin. It also aids the elimination of clogged pores, which may be ideal for individuals who suffer from painful pimples, ingrown hairs, or growths on the skin. After the skin has been properly exfoliated, it can absorb moisturizers and creams better as well.

Overall, the benefits of dry brushing seem to be cosmetic, not necessarily health-related. The bottom line: talk to your vein specialist at Palm Vein Center before starting a dry brushing routine. Doing so can save you a lot of time and money!

If you have questions or concerns about your varicose veins, call Palm Vein Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists. We will evaluate your condition and symptoms and suggest proven treatment regimens. 

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!