Varicose veins. Those bunchy, protruding, sometimes painful blue seams are typically associated with wrinkles and old age, but in fact they can occur at any time – including in your early twenties.
If you need an example, look no further than Charlotte Holmes, the former Miss England. The model had varicose veins on her thigh since secondary school (translation for Americans: middle and high school).
Varicose veins are found most often on pregnant women and the elderly for differing reasons. The elderly experience a loss in vein elasticity, and when the blood tries to circulate back up to the heart from their legs, the veins have a more difficult time forcing the blood back up. Ultimately the veins stretch and become varicose.
Pregnancy causes a change in your circulatory system as well as hormonal changes, ultimately resulting in varicose veins.
Pregnancy and old age are not factors, however, for Charlotte Holmes. So what caused Miss Holmes’ varicose veins at such a young age?
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several risk factors. In someone as young as Miss Holmes, family history and genetics probably played a significant role. But something as common as hormonal changes in young women can also cause your veins to stretch and become varicose.
Moral of the story: Constant vigilance can pick up varicose veins early before they become too large or enflamed. Stay on the alert!