The skin-smoother and wrinkle-reducer BOTOX® has recently been found to have even more benefits than making you look younger and happier. Early this month, a media organization in Houston, Texas reported that dermatologists are experimenting with BOTOX® as a possible form of treatment for skin diseases such as psoriasis, which is difficult to treat.
A little over a year ago, the American Academy of Dermatology also discussed the untapped potential of BOTOX® for the treatment of psoriasis and also eczema. Psoriasis affects about 7.5 million Americans and is a chronic skin condition and autoimmune disease. Eczema is better known, and is another chronic skin condition that provokes skin to become dry and itchy.
The problem has been that people struggling with psoriasis and eczema often have to endure startling side effects from the usual forms of treatment: steroids and/or cortisone creams. Most notably, these other treatments can cause your body to weaken and your skin to thin – this is not good for your skin health!
Dermatologists have been studying BOTOX® as an alternative treatment. They have found that BOTOX® improves the appearance of skin with psoriasis, decreases psoriasis cells in the skin, and reduces blood vessels. It has also been seen to curb the urge to itch, which is the root problem with eczema and other skin conditions.
“While there are available therapies to treat eczema and psoriasis, in some cases there may be small areas where these therapies are not effective,” said Dr. Erin Gilbert, MD, PhD, FAAD, and board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate in New York. “In these instances, botulinum toxin (BOTOX®) injections could hypothetically provide another treatment option and potentially allow patients to stop using topical steroids for a while.”
BOTOX® has not yet been approved by the FDA for the treatment of psoriasis and eczema, but it may be soon, after more studies are conducted to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
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