Are Botox Treatments Safe on Wrinkles and Acne?

It may seem like an odd question, but the truth is that the combination of wrinkles and acne on the same face is actually more common than you may know. As our hormones change with age, or our lifestyles cause premature signs of aging to show up, it’s easy to see how someone might have both these conditions on their face at the same time. So you may be wondering if a person can get Botox to treat their wrinkles when they have acne, and what that treatment might do to the acne.

Botox Make Up

Botox, if you don’t already know, is a prescription injection that is made up of the toxin botulinum type A. This toxin is derived from bacteria, but is totally safe to inject into the body. The way this toxin works is to block enzymes in the nerve endings, causing the nerve endings to lose the ability to understand the signal to move the muscle that was targeted. Basically, the muscle becomes paralyzed because the nerve ending cannot understand the command to move it.

Now, Botox doesn’t entirely block out the nerve ending, resulting in any sort of permanent paralysis. Instead, it just minimizes the unconscious movement of the muscle, ensuring that wrinkles and fine lines do not develop.

Can Botox Be Used If You Have Wrinkles?

As you can see above, Botox does not affect the surface of the skin or your pores – but rather the muscles and the nerve endings within the flesh. This means that it is perfectly safe to use Botox if you have acne. It will not cause any adverse reactions (providing you aren’t allergic), cause you to break out, or anything like that.

Botox is also safe to use when you are using other acne-reduction treatments or products. Again, because it has nothing to do with the surface of your skin, there is no reason why you couldn’t get a peel, use a prescription acne product, or anything of the sort, before or after getting Botox. In fact, chemical peels are a great way to help treat acne that also works to fight wrinkles, assisting the Botox in creating a youthful, smooth appearance. If you have both wrinkles and adult acne, and you are getting Botox to treat the wrinkles, a chemical peel to assist this process and treat the acne is a great idea.

Botox and Acne Scars

If you have struggled with acne your whole adult life, there is a chance you also have a few acne scars or pockmarks on your face. Botox may be able to help you reduce the appearance of these scars while you are treating those fine lines and wrinkles.

Researchers have experimented with combinations of Botox and dermal fillers to smooth out and plump up scarred or pockmarked skin, to help patients see less noticeable scars. When Botox is injected into the area, the muscle contractions that pull on the scar, making it more noticeable, relax, allowing the dermal filler to then smooth out the area.

This is still being researched, but it’s a great example of how Botox is constantly evolving to meet the needs of adults today. If you want to learn more, contact us via our website, or give us a call at 817-427-3700.