Botox Could Help Treat Acne – New Study

Acne Treatment

Results of a new study show that Botox could offer promising results to those suffering with Acne. 

The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD) published results of a study by Chicago Plastic Surgeon Dr Anil Shah.

The research was based on a retrospective of 20 acne sufferers who had received a single intradermal botulinum toxin type A injection into the acne area.

Acne is believed to be the most common skin condition, affecting 80% of the adult population at some time. Acne happens the sebaceous glands, located in the skin become ‘over-active’, producing excessive sebum (oil) into the skin’s pores. This excess sebum attracts bacteria which feed on it and then reproduce. The process causes inflamed pores, redness, pimples and spots.

Botox Injections for Acne

Results suggest that botox injections could help to relieve the condition, resulting in lower sebum production and decreased pore size.

1 month after the injection, 85% (seventeen of the twenty) agreed that their sebum production was lower and pores were smaller in size. The same number said they were satisfied with the results.

Dr. Shah, author of the study, believes that Botox prevents the production of the sebum, which treats the condition at its root cause by starving the acne bacteria.

Dr Barbara Kubicka, Acne and Botox Doctor, London

Dr Barbara Kubicka is a leading skin doctor based in London with many years experience in using Botox for anti-ageing and excessive sweating. She also treats acne and acne scarring as well as a wide range of other skin conditions.

A spokesperson for her Belgravia clinic explained:

“Botox is an incredibly powerful medicine. Botox injections are most commonly known for anti-ageing, where it relaxes the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. However, it is also highly effective in treating conditions as diverse as excessive sweating, migraine and urinary incontinence. In general, it works by effectively slowing, blocking or relaxing some area or process.”

“There are other acne treatments which may also be effective. Pure Light Treatment is a non-medicine based option which works by harnessing the power of light. Acne sufferers know that the sun can relieve their acne, although some of the sun’s rays are not safe and sun creams can cause acne to become more inflamed. The Luster Pure Light device uses the safe pure light (or blue light) and is worn at home daily.”

“Dermaroller and chemical peels are also potentially very helpful by removing the dead cells at the surface of the skin to promote new growth and fresh, clear skin”. 

Just as the symptoms of acne can vary by individual, also there is no single “best treatment”. What suits one person may not be the best for another. Sometimes, treatments may even be combined with medication or other treatments for best results.

Professional advice is the best way forward.

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Acne Pure Light is a medically supervised acne treatment available in London with Dr Barbara Kubicka, who also offers botox injections and an extensive range of cosmetic and medical skin treatments.

To arrange a  private consultation with Dr Barbara Kubicka to discuss your requirements, please contact us on 0207 352 6803 or email