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Treating acne using botulinum toxin



Botulinum toxin type A is a neurotoxin or neuromodulator created by clostridium botulinum. It is one of the most commonly used treatments in the aesthetics industry and there are multiple brands available including Botox, Bocouture, Azzalure, Xeomin and Dysport.

It inhibits the release of acetylcholine effectively stopping the communication between the nerve and the muscle and so stopping muscle contractions causing wrinkles and fine lines.

Botulinum toxin is a prescription only medication and in the UK there are strict rules about advertising that can be found https://www.asa.org.uk/news/botox-frequently-asked-questions-faqs.html

It’s a very clever treatment though and has been found to be helpful in reducing sweating. Some people suffer from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and this can be managed really effectively with this product.

Not only can it treat fine lines and sweating, but there’s now evidence to support its use in management of acne. Evidence indicates it reduces sebum production and reduces pore size. It’s uncertain what the mechanism for this is but it’s great news for those struggling with this condition! Much more research is needed to develop this as a treatment option but it’s great news the research is being done!

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