According to reports, Botox can apparently clear up acne. Many physicians are now using this muscle relaxant to treat large pores, oil production and acne breakouts. Now, Chicago based Dr Anil Shah has conducted a research on the use of intradermal botulinum toxin to reduce sebum production and facial pore size. The results have been published in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.

Highlights of the research
a. This research was conducted on 20 patients.
b. They were treated with a single application of intradermal botulinum toxin type A.
c. 17 out of 20 patients were satisfied and reported an improvement in sebum production and a decrease in pores size one month after injection.
d. No complications were reported.
e. It was concluded that intradermal botulinum toxin may play a role in decreasing sebum production.
f. It was agreed that further study is required to determine the effect of intradermal botulinum toxin on pore size.

Highlights of the botox treatment
a. Botox can stop the sebaceous glands of the skin from releasing too much oil into the skin's pores.
b. Botox works by blocking the chemical acetylcholine in the skin's dermis.
c. It paralyzes the tiny erector pili muscles that surround the skin's pores and cause them to expand.
d. Tiny amounts of this muscle relaxant are injected throughout the dermis of the face.
e. It is a rare and difficult procedure as it has to be injected directly into a layer of skin just 1/25th of an inch thick.
f. It can be an effective cure for acne.
g. It makes the skin less oily besides reducing the size of pores.