Is Botox the Next "It" Treatment for Adult Acne?

Botox isn't just useful for smoothing out lines and wrinkles. Some doctors say it's a great adult-acne-buster too.

The typical Botox treatment involves injecting Clostridium botulinum into a muscle, relaxing the muscle (and reducing the wrinkle). If the Botox is injected under the skin instead and helps to reduce the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands. Less oil largely means less breakouts.

A small study done a few years back found that Botox injected this way may reduce pore size as well.

As of yet, though, this treatment is still in its infancy. You can't get it from just anyone doing Botox treatments. Right now, there are just a handful of doctors in the U.S. that are using Botox as an acne treatment. And, truthfully, I'd like to see more studies done to better gauge the effects it has on acne both in the short and long term.

Even if Botox became a mainstream acne treatment, you'd have to consider the cost. At easily a few hundred dollars per treatment, it is far and away more expensive that most of your conventional acne medications.

The idea is definitely exciting, though, just from the standpoint of learning more about how our skin functions, and why certain people are more prone to acne than others. So I say bring on the research!

Still, I don't know if I'd ever try it myself.

The thought of having my facial muscles paralyzed by botulism toxin seems to give me the heebie-jeebies. What are your thoughts?

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