BOTOX may be an effective acne treatment, according to one Chicago plastic surgeon. When injected into the top layer of the skin, he says, BOTOX can “freeze” pores and prevent them from producing excess oil.
A Chicago plastic surgeon has hit the spotlight with his innovative use of Botox — in this case, aiming it at acne instead of wrinkles.
It seems that Dr. Anil Shah has devised a way to help rub out acne breakouts by injecting problem areas with Botox.
Ordinarily, of course, the drug is used to reduce the appearance of lines on the forehead and around the eyes. It does this by preventing the facial muscles in those areas from contracting.
But Dr. Shah’s new experiments indicate that this same drug can be just as effective in preventing contractions in the pores of our skin.
So far, Shah has used Botox to treat acne in 100 patients. He has found that injecting Botox into the skin can essentially “freeze” the pores into place. This quickly prevents them from producing excess oil, and as a result, patients no longer experience the greasy clogging in their pores that leads to acne.
Shah’s experiments also show that the new Botox treatment and its effects can shrink pores by reducing their inflammation. All these new advantages will result in healthier skin that functions with more stability.
But Medical News Today recently reported that the new anti-acne technique must be carried out with caution. Facial skin and the muscles underneath are extremely thin, which is why neurotoxin injections can only be made onto the very top layer of the skin. Otherwise, the Botox would go too deep and cause facial paralysis – creating the same effects that other patients experience when the drug is deliberately used to remove wrinkles.
The Chicago surgeon recently published the results of his experiments in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. And he is currently offering this Botox method for patients who have had no success preventing their breakouts with antibiotics, light therapy or other conventional treatments.