Red veins on the face can also present a troublesome cosmetic problem. Although there is a common belief these veins are caused by excessive alcohol intake, this is rarely the case. Red veins are usually inherited, but may also occur in cigarette smokers and women on the oral contraceptive pill.
Unsightly leg veins are unfortunately common in women, becoming more obvious after childbirth. Although many old wives tales exist as to their cause, leg veins are largely inherited. People of all shapes, sizes and colour develop veins, and nothing can be done to prevent them.