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Say Goodbye To Acne With Botox Treatments

By Megan Griffith

Reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Jaggi Rao,
MD, FRCPC Double board-certified dermatologist

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.

Botox for acne
When Botox is injected into the skin, it blocks acetylcholine, a chemical in the skin’s dermis that is responsible for increasing the production of sebum.

How Botox Reduces Acne

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.

Where To Get Botox Treatments For Acne

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.

References:

  1. Small R. Botulinum toxin injection for facial wrinkles. American Family Physician. 2014;90(30):168-175.
  2. Escher C.M., Paracka L., Dressler D., Kollewe K. Small R. Botulinum toxin in the management of chronic migraine: clinical evidence and experience. Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders. 2017;10(2):127-135.
  3. Saadia D., Voustianiouk A., Wang A.K., Kaufmann H. Botulinum toxin type A in primary palmar hyperhidrosis: randomized, single-blind, two-dose study. Neurology. 2001;57(11):2095-9.
  4. Susmita A., Kolli N.N., Meka S., Chakravarthi S.P., Kattimani V.S., Lingamaneni K.P., Shaik L.S. An evaluation of use of botulinum toxin type A in the management of dynamic forehead wrinkles—A clinical study. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2016;10(10):ZC127-ZC131.
  5. Shuo L., Ting Y., KeLun W., Rui Z., Rui Z., Hang W. Efficacy and possible mechanisms of botulinum toxin treatment of oily skin. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2019;18(2):451-457.
  6. Shah A.R. Use of intradermal botulinum toxin to reduce sebum production and facial pore size. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 2008;7(9):847-850.
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