Background: Telangiectasia or red veins are one of the prominent features of facial skin ageing. To date, there are few studies investigating the determinants of telangiectasia. Objectives: We investigated lifestyle and physiological factors associated with facial telangiectasia in a large prospective Dutch cohort study. Methods: Telangiectasia was quantified digitally from standardized facial photographs of 2842 North European participants (56.8% female, median age 66.9) from the Rotterdam Study, collected in 2010–2013. Effect estimates from multivariable linear regressions are presented as the percentage difference in the mean value of telangiectasia area per unit increase of a determinant (%Δ) with corresponding 95% CI. Results: Significant determinants were older age [1.7%Δ per year (95% CI 1.4, 2.0)], female sex [18.3%Δ (95% CI 13.2, 23.6)], smoking [current versus never 38.4%Δ (95% CI 30.3, 47.0); former versus never 11.6%Δ (95% CI 6.6, 16.9)], a high susceptibility to sunburn [10.2%Δ (95% CI 5.4, 15.3)] and light skin colour [pale versus white-to-olive 31.4%Δ (95% CI 19.7, 44.1]; white vs. white-to-olive 9.2%Δ (95% CI 2.8, 16.0)]. Conclusions: In this large cohort study, we confirmed known and described new determinants of facial telangiectasia.,
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Department of Dermatology

Mekić, S. (S.), Hamer, M., Wigmann, C. (C.), Gunn, D., Kayser, M., Jacobs, L., … Pardo Cortes, L. (2019). Epidemiology and determinants of facial telangiectasia: a cross-sectional study. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. doi:10.1111/jdv.15996