Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Treating Acne Scars With Mesotherapy

Acne is a non-contagious skin condition characterized by the eruption of whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples on the skin’s surface. Some of these eruptions can be large enough to qualify as being “boils.”   These sores are also called pustules or cysts. As a practitioner of mesotherapy, you will likely receive many requests to heal acne scars.

Mesotherapy can help heal scars from acne.

Acne is commonly known as cystic acne, comedones or acne vulgarus. People also casually refer to them as “zits.”  This skin disease affects millions annually and it can be serious or extreme.  Even the most of innocuous of breakouts can leave big scars on the skin and ruin the complexion. Treatment with mesotherapy, especially shortly after the breakout, can help your patient experience less trauma to the skin.

Symptoms of Acne

Acne most often shows up on the face and shoulders, but may also occur on the chest, breast, arms, legs, and buttocks of an individual. Meseotherapeutic iniections of vitamins, particularly retinoids, antinflammatories and anti-bacterial compounds can help reduce problems to do with scarring.

The skin disorder is most common in teenagers, but it can happen at an age. Even infants and people in their eighties can get it.  Three quarters of teenagers will experience acne as an outbreak or a chronic condition.

In fact, three out of four teenagers will develop acne to some extent, probably caused by hormonal changes that stimulate oil production. Similarly women going through changes as a result of pregnancy or menopause might also get acne. Men can also get acne later in life due to the gradual disappearance of hormones.

Causes of Acne

Physically acne is caused by blocked pores. Pores are tiny openings on the surface of the skin. Each connects to a hair follicle, which also contains an oil gland.

When oil glands function normally they help to lubricate the skin and replace old skin cells with new one. When they malfunction and produce too much oil the pores can become clogged and accumulate bacteria, dirt and debris. The result is a “plug” in the hair follicle. These plugs are also commonly known as comedones.

The top of the plug may be white or black. This is why people categorize comedones as whiteheads or blackheads. Whiteheads are usually full of pus. Blackheads are black because of the way light is absorbed by skin cells so it is futile to try and wash away “the dirt”.

If a clogged pore ruptures, the material inside, including oil and bacteria, can spread to the surrounding area and cause an inflammatory reaction. If the inflammation is severe, the pimples may enlarge to form hard, painful cysts.

No one is certain what exactly causes acne but breakouts usually begin in adolescence. Hereditary is thought to play a role. If your parents had acne then you are likely to have it too.

An outbreak of acne is also thought to be caused by hormonal changes caused by menstrual periods and taking birth controls. Taking hormonal drugs such as steroids, testosterone, phytoin and estrogen are also culprits.

Being under stress can also trigger hormonal changes that can cause an episode of acne.

Using greasy or oily hair products or makeup is also thought to trigger an outbreak as is high levels of humidity and sweating. The skin is unable to cleanse itself and pores become clogged.

Picking at pimples or touching your face a lot with your hands, pencil or other objects is also thought to trigger acne.

The old belief that coffee, chocolate, saturated fats and nuts can cause acne has been disproved.

Care and Treatment

There are many non-prescription medications that you can buy at a drug store. These medications typical contain salicylic acid, sulfur, resorcinol and benzoyl peroxide, which are all effective for treating and preventing acne.

Although your patient may be tempted to wash your face more than usual it is a mistake to do this as to omuch cleansing  can dry your pores out more and worsen  theinflammation. Wash your face once or twice daily with your usual soap or cleanser or a soap or a medicated soap or cleanser created specifically for treating acne.  Some alternative doctors recommend cleansing with soaps that do not contain perfumes or deodorants.

Do not finger, press, pick or squeeze the acne comodones as this can spread infection and create scarring as well as a chronic condition.

Usually people prescribed topical treatments such as retinoids (tretinoin, tazarotene, or adapalene) or antibiotics (benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin).
Some peope might also be prescribed oral antibiotics or hormonal medications like oral contraceptives to treat your case of acne.

In chronic and severe cases, an oral medication called isotretinoin (Accutane) may be prescribed. This is extremely effective for combating the condition, but side effects may include severe birth defects, changes in blood fats and cholesterols, and mood changes. For this reason it is not prescribed for pregnant woman. As the side effects are severe, Accutane is usually only prescribed as a last resort when every other type of treatment has failed.

Depending on what causes the acne in the first case it is probably going to have to run its course. This can take weeks or it can take years depending on whether or not you are experiencing an outbreak of acne or a chronic condition. Your patient can greatly relieve the discomfort and unattractive appearance of acne by washing regularly with a medicated glycerine and taking oral and topical medications as prescribed.

Acne does not seem to lead to any other serious diseases or skin conditions however it can leave scars on the face. This can lead to self-consciousness about one’s appearance especially in teenagers.  This is where mesotherapy can come in, treating the damaged pores and helping regulate the sebum production of the pores with healthy, progressive nutrients and medicines.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bursitis and Mesotherapy

Bursitis is a very painful condition that occurs if joints are overused causing the bursae of the joints to become inflamed and swell up to twice or even three times their normal size.  Thankfully intervention with mesotherapy can help reduce the misery of this condition and also reduce the swelling.

Bursae are the small, fluid-filled sacs that lubricate and cushion pressure points between the bones and the tendons and muscles near any of the  joints. When inflammation occurs, movement or pressure is painful.  Itoften affects the areas around the joints in your shoulders, elbows or hips. It can also occur in the knee, heel and in the base of your big toe.

When bursitis affects the elbow it is known as “tennis elbow.”  In the shoulder it is commonly called “frozen shoulder.”  Technically bunions are also classified as bursitis.


Symptoms of bursitis are a dull ache or worsening of pain with the movement of any joint. The affected joint may also appear swollen or  warm to the touch.  In some individuals the skin around the inflamed joint turns pink.

If the bursitis occurs in the hip there is usually no swelling as there is a lot of tissue concealing the joint, but this does not make the condition any less painful.


Common causes of bursitis are overuse, stress or direct trauma to a joint, such as with repeated bumping or prolonged pressure from kneeling. Bursitis may also result from an infection, arthritis or gout. Tight muscles and repetitive strain can also result in bursitis. Many times, the cause is unknown.

Rarer causes of bursitis can include reactions to certain foods, airborne allergies or calcium deposits. Extremely rare causes include staphylococcal infection and tuberculosis.

Care and Treatment

Bursitis pain usually goes away within a week or so with proper treatment, but recurrent flare-ups of bursitis are common and can be frustrating. Mesotherpy cocktails used to treat this condition can inclue muscle relaxiants, calcitonin, highly polymerized DNA, Indo-sulfer combintations, B vitamins, vasoldilators and chroprotective agents.  

The stanard reatment for bursitis is resting and immobilizing the affected area, applying ice to reduce swelling and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. With simple self-care and home treatment, bursitis usually disappears within a week or two.

Sometimes, your doctor may recommend physical therapy or exercises to strengthen the muscles in the area. Additionally, adoctor may inject a corticosteroid drug into the bursa to relieve inflammation. This treatment generally brings immediate relief.

If the bursitis is caused by an infection, the person will need to take antibiotics. Sometimes the bursa must be surgically drained, but only rarely is surgical removal of the affected bursa necessary.

Hot castor oil packs may help relieve pain. You can make these by dipping a piece of cheesecloth in warmed castor oil, covering it with plastic and covering it with a heating pad. Keep this covered for about two hours.

The best immediate  thing to do for bursitis is to stop if what you are doing if you are in physical pain. Bursitis will recur if you keep doing the activity that triggered the swelling of the bursae in the first place.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hydroarthrosis and Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy can be of great assistance in treating hydroarthrosis, which is a swelling of the knee. Hydroarthrosis of the knee joint is swelling caused by the accumulation of fluid inside the joint.  The aim of mesotherapy is  pain relief, muscle relaxation and to compel the body to resist an overwhelming inflammatory response in the joint.

This injury is often the result of a strain and it is often used in combination with proltherapy, which is a treatment that stimulates the body to heal painful areas. The knee is swollen and the person may be unable to walk.  The person might feel like there is something loose or moving around in the knee.  There may also be an audible crackling and grating noise when the person tries to walk or move the joint.  Mesotherapy injections can go a long way towars helping the swelling go down. 

The Causes of Hydroarthrosis

The accumulation of clear, honey colored fluid is the result of irritation of the synovial membrane. The over production of this fluid may be due to inflammatory disease, due to cartilage damage or due to a fracture of the knee.If the knee is swollen because it has suffered an impact then there may be blood in the fluid.

Sometimes this fluid accumulation in the knee has its origins in venuous insufficiency, and mesotherapy injections can also assist with that.

Care and Treatment

Mesotheapy cocktails can include muscle relaxants, calcitonin, highly polymerized DNA, indo-sulfur combinations, B vitamins, vasodilators and choroprotective agents. Agents that treat a lack of circulation, especially venuous insufficiency might also be used to overcome decompensation inside the knee joint.

Rest and alternating ice packs with heat packs on the knee help relieve the pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Advil may be prescribed to help reduce swelling. Oral or intravenous steroids might also be administered to help relieve swelling or pain.

If the swelling is severe then the fluid may be aspirated from the joint using a needle.

Very rarely an operation may be recommended to correct ligaments or bones that may have been displaced by prolonged periods of joint swelling.

Most people recover from hydarthrosis, as it is usually the result of an injury that eventually heals itself.  It is rare, but this condition can also cause permanent disability.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.