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Have you ever thought about what type of skin you have? There are four basic skin types—normal, dry, oily, or a combination of dry and oily. People with oily skin (or combination skin with oily foreheads) are often prone to acne and looking for ways to create drier skin. One way might be BOTOX injections at our Guelph, Ontario, dermatology practice.
BOTOX is already known as something of a “wonder drug” because of the range of conditions—both cosmetic and medical—that it treats. These include:
BOTOX and other neurotoxins are even effective for the treatment of rosacea, something worth noting during Rosacea Awareness Month.
Now, it appears that BOTOX in the hands of a skilled injector can help patients with oily skin (although it’s not specifically approved by Health Canada for that purpose).
Sebaceous glands, which develop in the skin’s middle layer, produce a fatty oil called sebum that travels to the skin’s surface through hair follicle ducts. Sebum helps protect the skin from infection and minimizes the loss of water from the skin’s surface, keeping the skin moisturized.
If your skin produces excess sebum throughout the year, you likely fall into the oily skin type group. Excess oil often leads to acne and clogged pores. People with combination skin types may have oily skin in the T-zone—an acne-prone area that includes the forehead, nose, and chin—with drier skin elsewhere on the face.
Understanding how BOTOX smooths fine lines and wrinkles is necessary to understand how it can help people with oily skin. Neurotoxins such as BOTOX, Dysport®, and XEOMIN® reduce wrinkles by preventing nerves from signalling muscles to contract when we squint, frown, look surprised, or change facial expressions in other ways. When muscles contract, the overlying skin folds and wrinkles ultimately develop. Relaxing these muscles results in smoother, wrinkle-free skin.
Studies have shown that BOTOX injections have a similar effect on sebaceous glands, preventing them from secreting sebum. One study reported that neurotoxin injections “significantly reduced sebum production in the forehead region, with a high degree of patient satisfaction.”
BOTOX injections aren’t a total solution for patients with oily skin. Studies have focused on reducing sebum production in the forehead, where frown lines and horizontal forehead wrinkles develop. Minimizing these lines is desirable. But using BOTOX to reduce sebum production in other areas, such as the chin, could have unwanted consequences.
It’s also essential that you choose a highly skilled and experienced injector to ensure you get the desired results. BOTOX injections are common, but the results are only as good as the injector.
If you have oily skin and want to talk with a dermatologist in Guelph about BOTOX injections and other treatment options, use the online form to request a consultation or call deRMA Skin Institute at (888) 803-3762 to schedule an appointment.
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