You’ve tried every cream, lotion, and magic potion available but your acne is still making its mark, literally. But before you give up hope, have you tried Botox?
Known best for its skin tightening, line reducing benefits, Botox is now being hailed as a blemish buster.
New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler says that Botox a number uses that many people don’t know about, and these include eliminating excess sweating, controlling leaky bladders, minimizing scars—and clearing breakouts.
Speaking to Instyle, Dr. Wexler said “it has now been shown that [skin’s] sebaceous glands have the same receptors for acetylcholine [an organic chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter in humans], and injection of Botox is associated with less oil production, staving off acne-causing bacteria.”
“It has now been shown that sebaceous glands have the same receptors for acetylcholine, and the injection of Botox is associated with less oil production, staving off acne-causing bacteria,” she explains.
So what does the treatment involve? Small amounts of the neurotoxin into key muscles of the face which work to minimise blemishes by blocking and paralyzing acetylcholine, which is released by nerves into the muscle.
The result is a decrease in oil production will also shrink pore size, which in turn means less follicular sweating – less spots and less sweat? It’s a win-win.
But is pricey Botox really worth a trip to the doctors if you want to zap acne?
As a quick fix the answer is no. Dr. Wexler says that although it is possible to see a gradual improvement more quickly, it generally takes about a month after the injection to see a difference in your skin.
However as part of a long-term strategy of treatment Botox does prevent blemishes in the long run.