Botox for Acne Treatment?

Botox has been the mainstay for immediate significant improvement of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and lines between the eyebrows. Surprisingly,Botox has been known to improve acne, decrease oil production and reduce pore size as well. In September 2008, study results were published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology showing good news for acne victims through Botox treatment. Anil Shah M.D, the study author, found that Botox was useful in the management of acne. Shah believes it is the mechanism of action in Botox through the block of the chemical acetylcholine that reduces the skin\’s sebum production in the dermis level. Secondly, the Botox substance paralyzes erector pili muscles surrounding skin pores which under normal circumstances would otherwise cause the pores to enlarge.

Botox for acne has been considered a breakthrough by some when compared to alternative acne treatments. Accutane has been used successfully in acne treatment, but some people using Accutane are at risk for liver damage, birth defects and suicide. Laser treatment has been used for acne treatment with some success, but cannot penetrate the sebaceous glands under the skin. Antibiotics treat infections associated with acne.

Botox treatment is highly technique driven. In Botox wrinkle treatment, physicians must select precise locations to inject Botox for the release of the muscle contraction which causes the wrinkle. In Botox acne treatment, physicians are required to inject Botox precisely at no more than 1/25th of an inch under the skin. Botox injections at deeper levels of the dermis may result in the altering of the patient’s facial expressions surrounding the treatment area.

Botox is not FDA approved for the treatment of acne. A select number of physicians may use Botox as an off label treatment for acne. Botox is still the mainstay for the treatment of wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet and between the eyebrows. The results for wrinkle and acne treatment are temporary, lasting three or more months. Yet, the cost is reasonable so people usually do not mind returning for maintenance treatment.


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