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Botox for Oily Skin: Benefits, What to Expect, and Potential Risks

Updated: April 10, 2023

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For many years, people have been turning to Botox to reduce wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines. But what many people don’t know is that Botox can be beneficial for people with oily skin too. It can help reduce sebum production in the skin, leading to a reduction in oiliness, improved skin clarity, and an overall healthier complexion. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how Botox can help treat oily skin and what to expect with a Botox treatment.

What is Botox?

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Botox is a neuromodulator created from a purified form of botulinum toxin type A. It is used to block nerve signals to the muscles, which can help reduce wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet. It is usually injected into the face, and the effects can last from 3-6 months.

How Does Botox Help Oily Skin?

Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter produced by nerve cells that can promote sebum production. By blocking acetylcholine, Botox can reduce sebum production in the skin, leading to a reduction in oiliness and improved skin clarity. This can help to reduce breakouts, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, and make the skin look healthier and smoother.

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What to Expect With a Botox Treatment

When you come in for a Botox treatment, your provider will assess your skin and determine the best areas to inject the Botox. The injection itself is relatively painless, and you may feel a slight pinching sensation. The effects of Botox can typically be seen within a few days, and peak results should be visible within two weeks. Results can last from 3-6 months, although this can vary depending on the individual.

Potential Side Effects

Like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with Botox treatments. Some of the most common side effects are temporary bruising or swelling at the injection site, headache, and droopy eyelids. In rare cases, more serious side effects can occur, such as difficulty breathing or swallowing, vision problems, or muscle weakness. If you experience any of these side effects, it is important to seek medical attention right away.


Botox can be an effective treatment for people with oily skin. It works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, which can help reduce sebum production and make the skin look healthier and smoother. When done correctly, Botox treatments can have minimal side effects, although it is important to be aware of the potential risks and to seek medical attention if any serious side effects occur. If you are considering a Botox treatment for your oily skin, be sure to consult with an experienced provider to ensure that you get the best results.

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa