Did you know that Botox can be used to treat rosacea? Keep reading to learn more.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a relatively common condition characterized by the appearance of redness or flushing on the skin. The most common area involved in rosacea is the central face: your nose and cheeks. But the redness can expand throughout your entire face and even your neck. Most people with rosacea have sensitive skin and specific triggers. Triggers include heat exposure, sunlight, exercise, hot or spicy foods or drinks, caffeine, alcohol, and emotional stress. Most of the time rosacea isn’t even diagnosed. There is no specific blood test for rosacea. But if you have these types of symptoms with specific triggers, you likely have rosacea. It’s important to identify your triggers and try to avoid them as much as possible. Lasers such as IPL work great for rosacea. And Botox can also help.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein best known for its use to treat wrinkles caused by facial expressions. These include the vertical frown lines between your eyebrows. Botox relaxes these muscles to smoothen the wrinkles.
How does Botox work for rosacea?
Botox works to treat rosacea by closing your blood vessels that come to your skin. When these blood vessels are closed, the blood will not rush to your skin after triggers. To treat rosacea, a small amount of Botox such as 20 units is used. The Botox is diluted more than the regular amount. Normally 100 units is reconstituted in 2.5 mL of saline. But to treat rosacea anywhere from five to ten mL are used. Small amounts of Botox are placed in the skin over the affected areas. Similar to when Botox is used for wrinkles, you’ll see improvement in one to two weeks and you’ll enjoy your results for three to four months.
Although more common treatments for rosacea include sunscreen use, topical creams, antibiotics, and laser treatments, Botox can also be used for even better improvement.