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By Adrienne Yanich, RN |

Botox For Acne

Wrinkle Relaxers Can Be Used To Control Breakouts 

As a widespread dermatological concern affecting individuals of all ages, the prevalence of acne has led to ongoing research into innovative treatment methods beyond what is available over the counter or on the shelf. Known for its effectiveness in reducing wrinkles, Botox injections may seem unrelated to acne management but recent and high-quality studies suggest otherwise

Can Botox Be Used To Prevent Acne?

Yes, Botox can be used as a safe and effective treatment modality for acne. By addressing sebum over-production, reducing inflammation and impacting muscle dynamics, Botox presents a multifaceted approach to managing acne breakouts.

Adrienne explaining how acne can prevent acne breakouts

How Does Acne Mitigate Breakouts? 

One key factor in acne development is the overproduction of sebum, an oily substance that can clog pores and contribute to breakouts. Botox as an acne treatment works by blocking the acetylcholine release in sebocytes (our oil-producing cells) while also inhibiting the contraction of the arrector pili (the hair follicle), which is necessary to cause sebum release.

By modulating the activity of sebaceous glands, Botox offers a unique approach to mitigating root causes of acne. Sebum production was found to return to normal after 16 weeks, although some studies have found it to last much longer, depending on the dose.

Botox’s Anti-Inflammatory Properties Also Come Into Play

Inflammation plays a pivotal role in the progression of acne lesions. Recent studies suggest that Botox may have anti-inflammatory effects, which could contribute to its efficacy in acne treatment. By dampening inflammatory responses, Botox may aid in reducing the severity and frequency of acne breakouts.

Does Botox Cause Acne?

No, Botox does not cause acne. Acne is typically associated with factors such as excess oil production, bacteria and clogged pores, while Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscles to smooth out wrinkles, making it unrelated to the processes that lead to acne formation.

Short-lived pimples at the injection site are possible but are unlikely. In the event of a mild breakout, these blemishes resolve themselves naturally and quicker than a typical acne breakout. 

“I recommend that you do not directly inject through active acne infection, as this could push infectious material deeper and spread it into the larger skin area. Essentially, avoid active pimples and you should be OK!” 

-Adrienne Yanich, RN

What To Consider Before Using Botox for Acne Breakouts

It is essential to consult with a qualified Botox provider or dermatologist before seeking Botox as a solution. Individual responses may vary, and potential side effects or contraindications must be carefully assessed. Additionally, the frequency of Botox injections for acne management should be discussed, as this may influence treatment decisions.

It is also important to know that Botox is not labeled as a professional acne treatment, making these injections a secondary option for medical aestheticians and their patients. 

“Patients undergoing a targeted acne protocol may experience longer lasting results with Botox treatments, or even with BBL treatments — which can terminate bacteria — or AquaGold if overall skin health is an issue.” 

-Adrienne Yanich, RN

Adrienne Yanich RN Author Bio

About The Author 

Adrienne Yanich, RN, stands as a distinguished expert in the realm of cosmetic enhancements, specializing in Botox administration and filler injections at Donaldson Plastic Surgery in Columbus, Ohio. With a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to her craft, Adrienne brings a unique blend of skill, transparency and compassion to the practice. She is dedicated to staying at the forefront of aesthetic advancements, ensuring her clients receive the highest standard of care in their pursuit of timeless beauty and confidence.

Adrienne’s expertise at Donaldson Plastic Surgery exemplifies a passion for precision and a patient-centered approach in the thriving field of aesthetic medicine.

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