DERMABOTOX: A NEW SOLUTION FOR OILY SKIN, ACNE AND ENLARGED PORES

When Dr Hayot created his new technique called Microbotox, he discovers on his patients few weeks after the treatment an improvement on the quality of the skin and the pores. He then decided to make more research to understand how Botox can fight against oily skin, dilated pores and some type of acne. This is what he discovered.

Excessively oily skin can be debilitating to one’s confidence. Issues associated with it include make-up slipping off, a shiny complexion, spots and acne as well as enlarged, visible pores resulting in a ‘speckled’ appearance. Traditionally Botulinum Toxin or Botox has been commonly associated with treating fine lines and wrinkles. Yet thanks to the pioneering new techniques, it can now be used to treat oily skin types too.

Such techniques are currently on offer at Epilium & Skin, using Botox to treat all of the above issues, minimising spots and acne, as well as reducing pore size for a brighter, more rested-looking complexion.

Botox is considered a safe option because it is administered in low, purified concentrations. In addition, it has been used for more than 20 years in aesthetic medicine, and more than 30 years in therapeutic medicine.

This substance disappears gradually from the body without risk of adverse reaction. The toxin counteracts wrinkles by resting the features of the face, blurring the signs of ageing, like a real-life Instagram filter – whilst leaving the facial expression intact.

Injected into the upper muscles of the face, Botox stops the muscles contracting by blocking the nerve signals. By reducing this muscle activity, wrinkles disappear. In addition, the face looks rested, younger, and the skin is smoother. Botox not only treats wrinkles that have already formed, but also prevents the formation of new ones without restricting facial expressions.

But what if Botox could also help to combat enlarged pores, oily skin, and acne?

It was the usage of Botox to treat underarm hyperhydrosis (the excessive production of sweat), which made practitioners aware of its many possible uses, not just reduction and prevention of wrinkles.

Botox has been used to prevent underarm hyperhydrosis by blocking the end of the eccrine sweat gland nerves (responsible for discharging sweat directly to the surface of the skin), preventing their function and thus the production of sweat.

But what if Botox could also temporarily solve the problem of dilated pores, oily skin, and acne that are all closely related? Research has found a way to use Botox to block a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is directly linked to sebum production. (Excess sebum is the main cause of the above issues.)

Dr Hayot pioneered this technique and did a case study showing how Botox can reduce sebum production in the skin and decrease pore size.

Results found that those with oily skin who were injected with Botox showed a visible improvement, skin was less oily, clearer and looked more radiant.

Using Botox to reduce sebum production can drastically reduce or eliminate acne. Acne is a result of excess oil, which together with dead skin cells, can clog pores and trap bacteria, leading to spots and inflamed cysts. Hence less oily skin equals less acne.

What’s more, by decreasing the production of the sebaceous glands, we can indirectly decrease the size of unsightly large pores. Pores in our skin are used as an evacuation channels for sebum. Although the size of the pores is largely hereditary, some are larger than others because the sebaceous gland is larger. So, with less sebum being produced, pores can take on a shrunken appearance and appear less visible.

TYPES OF TREATMENT

Micro-Botox
This procedure involves several mini-injections just underneath the skin, performed using a thin needle. The idea is to inject a small amount of product directly into the area to be treated, without blocking muscle activity as in the classic use of the Botox.

Dr Hayot uses this technique as well to treat fines lines and wrinkles of the forehead. The result is undeniably more natural, and patients have the ability to move their forehead and retain expression in the upper part of the face.
*It is important to note that the term Micro doesn’t mean that Dr Hayot is using a smaller quantity or quality of Botox because he use the same quantity as the traditional Botox.

DermaBotox (performed by our Nurse or Senior practitioner)
This consists of applying the Botox topically onto the skin and ‘pushing it’ into the dermis using a DermaPen. A DermaPen delivers thousands of micro-sized pinpricks into the skin, which help the Botox absorb through into the sebaceous glands. These tiny micro sized 33-gauge needles vibrate and punch vertically into the skin at speeds of up to 25+ per second. As well as reducing sebum production, these tiny ‘injuries’ caused by the DermaPen cause the skin to go into ‘repair mode’ and respond by stimulating production of collagen for a more rejuvenated appearance.

THE TREATMENT

The procedure takes place in a clinical environment. After a thorough skin analysis, the practitioner determines which treatment is best suited to the client.

The procedure lasts about 30 minutes and does not require an anaesthetic, however it involves a mild level of discomfort, so an anaesthetic cream can be applied an hour before the session.

Small blue or red patches may occur where the injection or DermaPen has been administered, but these tend to fade quickly. The after-care is simple: no facial massage for few hours after the treatment and the client should avoid all sources of heat, such as going into the sauna and strong UV light.

THE RESULTS

Results are visible after 2 weeks. Clients should experience a less oily complexion, with visible pores appearing reduced, while any acne is drastically diminished. They should also see an improvement in the quality of the skin, especially increased radiance, for a visibly younger look while the face’s natural appearance is preserved. The results last for at least four months and up to five months on average.

PRECAUSIONS

  • We don’t advise this treatment for anyone under the age of 21
  • It is recommended that clients leave three months between sessions.