Botox for Acne
Botox is probably the most widely known cosmetic treatment to reduce the signs of aging– Botox for crow’s feet, Botox for brow lines or for the wrinkles around the mouth as well as other areas on the face prone to the signs of aging. More recently, Botox injections have also been used in dermatology to treat acne outbreaks. Botulinum toxin A, a naturally derived protein, can in fact be used to help control excessive sweating or what is known as hyperhidrosis and this in turn, can have a positive impact on pores as well as help to reduce the amount of oil the skin produces. The Botox injections, when performed by the best dermatologists, those who clearly understand the process and the science behind it, and have consequently worked with numerous clients in this capacity, block the neurotransmitter which is released by the nerves to trigger sweat glands. Less perspiration means that the skin will be far less prone to breakouts.
Is Botox for Acne Safe?
Acne dermatologists all over the country are consistently finding new and better ways to try and fight the signs and effects of acne outbreaks. Obviously, the condition, beyond just being uncomfortable can be a source of embarrassment, lowers self-esteem and makes those with frequent acne outbreaks feel far less confident about facing the world. While numerous laser treatments, light therapies and topical products exist to help with acne outbreaks, prevention, if possible, would be the ultimate tool in the dermatologist’s arsenal to deal with acne. Botox injections may be moving the field of dermatology one step closer to a better prevention method.
The injections themselves are non-invasive. Performed in the office, patients can immediately return to their daily schedule. There may be some redness at the site of the injection, but beyond that, side effects are minimal or nonexistent. Botox has been FDA approved and has been used extensively since the early 2000s. It is very safe for a number of treatment applications, especially when administered by a board-certified dermatologist who has had ample experience with the procedure.
Am I a Candidate for Botox to Treat My Acne?
Generally Botox injections used as a means of treating acne or subsequently helping to prevent acne are confined to adult acne cases. Teens are not the best candidates. In order to properly assess whether or not you are a candidate for using Botox to treat your acne issues, it is always best to consult with a cosmetic dermatologist. This way they can evaluate the severity of your acne and recommend the right course of treatment and/or combination of treatments for you.
How Does Botox for Acne Work?
Your dermatologist will perform a series of Botox injections. These injections will block the acetylcholine in the skin’s dermis. Acetylcholine is linked to the skin’s oil production. And oil of course turns the skin into a breeding ground for the bacteria that can cause acne outbreaks. With this procedure, patients are experiencing fewer flare ups and healthier, less oily skin.
Are There Other Ways to Treat Acne?
Yes! Treatments such as Blue and Red Light therapies, which utilize lights to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, or medical facials which again, help rid the skin of bacteria causing acne are incredibly popular options for those who suffer from acne outbreaks. We’ve also had wonderful results with a treatment called Isolaz which suctions and cleans the skin, thus reducing the appearance and incidence of acne. Botox injections are another way to treat this condition and many are thrilled with the results!
In order to determine which treatment option is best for your specific acne problem, we strongly recommend a thorough consultation with a dermatologist. It’s about understanding your skin, understanding your life style, your health status and what you ultimately hope to get from any such acne treatment. A holistic approach, whether you are considering Botox for acne, light therapies or more traditional courses of treatment, is always the best way to go.
Schweiger Dermatology Group is the leading provider of dermatology services in New York and New Jersey specializing in cosmetic and medical dermatology. With over 25 offices, our group of top dermatologists in NYC and the surrounding metro area are highly sought after for their expertise in treatments of acne, Botox, fillers, laser treatments, skin cancer, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.