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.

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