It may sound crazy, but one study showed that Botox may help to prevent acne. More information and further studies are necessary to determine if this treatment can actually make a difference, but a few practitioners claim that it can. The theory behind the use of Botox for acne treatment is that Botox can decrease the excess sebum production that attracts the p. acnes bacteria to the pores. The published study also showed the Botox can be used to decrease pore size when injected into the very superficial layers of the skin.
So, is Botox the next great treatment for acne? Dr. Schweiger says that, "As of now, its unlikely. There is currently not enough evidence supporting the use of Botox for the treatment of acne. However, we continue to discover more and more uses for Botox, so it is not unlikely that Botox will someday emerge as an effective acne treatment."
In the meantime, the best acne treatments remain prescription medications and in-office treatments, such as Photodynamic Therapy and the Isolaz Acne Laser Treatment. Botox is currently used primarily to relax the muscles in the face that lead to deep dynamic wrinkles and to decrease excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis.
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