Written by Grinza Staff
Botox, the cosmetic anti-wrinkle drug, has dermatological applications as well.
“Botox definitely clears up acne,” said Anil Shah M.D. He is just one of the many doctors that are using Botox to clear the skin. It can eliminate large pores, oil production, and acne.
Acne is produced when the skin releases too much oil into the skin pores. Bacteria eats the oil, causing inflammation and creating a pimple. According to Dr. Shah, Botox stops the production of the oil and deprives the bacteria of its food.
The plastic surgeon has treated over 100 patients using this new Botox application. He recently published a study that shows how intradermal Botox can lower the skin’s oil production.
As explained in Medical News Today, “The plastic surgeon believes Botox works by blocking the chemical acetylcholine in the skin’s dermis. Acetylcholine is known to increase the skin’s sebum production. In addition, the treatment literally paralyzes the tiny erector pili muscles that surround the skin’s pores and cause them to expand.”
However, Dr. Shah does exercise caution when selecting his patients. “I only treat patients over 20-years-old,” he explains. “Their hormonal changes are likely permanent. For them Botox is now the safest most effective treatment we have.”