Last Updated on September 20th, 2019
It’s been known for a long time that Botox helps to prevent the onset of aging1 by reducing wrinkles. It also aids with alleviating migraines2 and the reduction of excessive sweating3. What is less known is that Botox also helps with getting rid of acne, by directly injecting it into skin, which stops breakouts by shrinking large pores and eliminating oil production.
When Botox is injected into the skin, it blocks acetylcholine4, a chemical in the skin’s dermis that is responsible for increasing the production of sebum. Sebum is the oil that acne-related bacteria feeds off of. By preventing the production of sebum, it starves out the acne-causing bacteria. Botox also eliminates large pores5, leaving less room for bacteria and dirt to build up, as well as giving skin the young, tight appearance that Botox is popular for.
Currently, there are very few doctors who use Botox as a treatment for acne. One known plastic surgeon who does the treatments is Dr. Anil Shah from Chicago. So far, he has published a single study on 20 of his patients6 who have done the Botox treatment for acne, having gained results within a month. Although he is available for treatments, he only treats patients over 20 years of age, as their hormones have settled from the fluctuation that happens during the teen years.
While Botox isn’t for everyone, those who have done the treatment are very happy with the results.
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