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What are the capillaries?

Veins, arteries, and capillaries comprise the transportation system for blood flow. If the arteries are the main freeway system for transporting the blood through the body, and the veins are the main highways, how would you classify the capillaries?

They would be considered the myriad of side roads which acts as connectors for the veins and arteries. Similar to side roads capillaries are thin and a one-way street and whose main function is the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide inside the cellular wall.

While your arteries and veins run parallel to each other, do you know function the capillaries have?

They\’re embedded in the tissue and act as a connective force for the arteries and veins. They\’re job is to receive the oxygenated blood from an artery and perform an exchange of gases within the tissue. Following this actions, the capillaries then transport the waste filled blood to the heart through the veins.

What part to capillaries play in skin care?

A capillary near the surface of the skin will open up to release heat to cool the body, this happens


through a process called sweat.  Capillaries also duplicate the routine when your cold through a process called hyperemia!

Because capillaries are small blood vessels they have a tendency to rupture or break more than veins or arteries. Thus, a broken capillary under the skin while not a pretty sight is not a health hazard also. The skin care industry has several treatments available to address the appearance of red or small spider veins.

This article addressed the capillaries and their various responsibilities as they relate to blood vessels. They too, like the artery and vein, play an important part in keeping the three layers of the skin healthy, the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous fat level.

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About the Author Chris Menster

Chris Menster is the Publisher of Skin Care By Louisa.

He is a medical professional having expertise in the fields of neurology, psychology, and digestion. Currently a team leader for Digestive Disease Associates in Gainesville, Fl. Chris devotes time to writing and researching articles related to medicine other health related subjects.

Chris is advocate in health and fitness and is an independent rep for Visalus Natural Sciences and Body By Vi.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BS Degree in Psychology and spends his spare time hanging with his dog Bogey.