Esthetician's Guide to Angiomas

This condition appears in the ASCP SkinPro app

What are Angiomas?

Small, benign (noncancerous) growths that often appear on the skin, especially in older people. Also known as hemangiomas, red moles, or cherry angiomas, these growths are formed from small blood vessels.

What Should I Know About Angiomas?

  • Usually appear on the trunk of the body.
  • Growths are about the size of a common mole.
  • Most often benign.
  • Usually appear on the trunk of the body; they are often the size of a common mole.
  • Most often benign, they can be indicative of chronic liver disease.
  • Spider angiomas have a core of multiple arterial capillaries with smaller arterial telangiectasias (distended capillaries) branching off the central core, like the legs of a spider.
  • Spider angiomas can occur in any age group and are most often benign; they appear in 60% of pregnant women, and usually clear after childbirth.

Angioma Treatment Considerations

  • Can be effectively treated by electrocauterization, vascular lasers, and in some cases, cryosurgery.
  • Should be referred to a medical professional, except in the states that allow estheticians to use vascular lasers.
  • Angiomas may bleed or crust over. These should always be referred to the dermatologist for further evaluation.
  • Treat the skin or skin areas like it is a sensitive skin with soothing ingredients like matricaria extract or green tea. This may temporarily reduce the appearance of redness, but there is no standard esthetic treatment that will provide permanent change in these lesions.

Angioma Contraindications

  • Avoid heat directly on the lesion.
  • Avoid applying peeling agents to the lesion. Peels can be used, but do not apply the peeling product to the lesion itself.
  • Avoid microdermabrasion or other aggressive surface mechanical treatment.
  • Avoid dermaplaning and microneedling over the lesion.
  • Avoid abrasives directly on the lesion, including salt and sugar.

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Included with ASCP membership, ASCP SkinPro is designed to aid in skin analysis by putting the essential knowledge of contraindications for common skin-related conditions and ingredients at your fingertips. Members can log in for access or go directly to the app.

Picture this: You’re in the treatment room and a client tells you they have atopic dermatitis and several allergies. You’re pretty confident you know how to proceed with treatment, but you want to be absolutely sure. Simply open the app, search for the condition, and you’ve got expert information at your fingertips. You can also use ASCP SkinPro to look up ingredients quickly and easily, identifying important contraindications and best practices so you can adjust your treatment plan on the spot.

Consult with ASCP SkinPro with confidence and elevate your treatment plans. The ASCP team sourced information from a variety of clinical journals and worked with Dr. Mark Lees, author of Skin Care: Beyond the Basics and a longtime contributor to ASCP Skin Deep magazine, to bring it all together.


  • During consultation: Your client mentions a condition or ingredient allergy during the intake process and want to contraindications.
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  • While retailing: You’re about to recommend a product for your client, but you want to confirm the contraindications and ensure the product will perform as needed. 


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