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Can Botox Treat Acne?

Can Botox Treat Acne?

Botox has been used to great effect to treat more than just wrinkles. Botulinum Toxin Type A has proven effective against muscle disorders, excessive sweating, and migraines as well.

It may not shock you, then, to learn that Botox is being proposed to treat another common skin ailment – acne.

Yet another use for the popular wrinkle treatment?

Dr. Anil R. Shah, MD, of Chicago, recently published a study suggesting Botox can be used to treat the issue, and swears by it himself. According to his method, instead of injecting botulinum toxin into the muscle, one instead injects it into the skin. He says this treats sebum (aka oil) production and large pores, thus reducing the number of breakouts.

He only uses this treatment on people over the age of 20, mind you, because the treatment is unsuitable for people in their teenage years, still going through hormonal development. “Their hormonal changes are likely permanent,” Dr. Shah said of the patients he treats. “For them, Botox is now the safest, most effective treatment we have.”

Now, this doesn’t mean you should seek out Botox right away to zap those zits. This is only one study, and further research and testing would need to be conducted before anyone will be thinking of using Botox against pimples on a broad scale. In the meantime, laser and light treatments are available for adults with skin problems they can’t handle alone, as well as chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

I love the patience Dr. Benien has to explain the procedure; he listens to all your questions and answers them without making you feel he is in a rush to be done with your consultation appointment.

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Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.

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