I recently read a piece online about a woman who suffered from facial Eczema and praised a cosmetic treatment as her saviour. I wouldn’t usually be one to read tabloid newspapers, let alone take skincare or health advise from one. Regardless I found myself sucked into this article about Botox as a new treatment option for the management of Eczema. I couldn’t help but ponder the realities of this and if it could potentially help me ?
Have a read below of the feature that started this whole personal investigation with Botox and Eczema.
Like any competent person, I went further with my research into this treatment plan. Especially as I take such huge care in selecting skincare products that work for my skin. Usually focusing on compatible ingredients and supporting positive reviews. After all, having a chronic skin disease is a big deal, it demands a huge amount of time and love. I wasn’t going to jump to my local Botox practitioners on a whim it would cure my skin condition.
Read below for a short explanation of why i was flirting with the idea of getting Botox
At the time I felt frustrated with my skin, I didn’t have that inner glow or outer for that matter. From constant breakouts, flaking, dry, dehydrated, and worst of all severe thinning of the skin from ongoing steroid use. I was beginning to see prominent wrinkles covered in a layer of rash. I began to worry about where my skin would be in another 10 years and the long-term impact of resorting to steroids when things got bad (which is sometimes necessary). I wondered if Botox could potentially relax and calm my skin and prevent constant harsh eruptions of facial Eczema. In theory fewer breakouts, fewer steroids, and less thinning of the skin. So, could Botox be the answer?
What is Botox? Botox injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Botox is also used to treat migraines, excessive sweating, and apparently overactive bladders.
After weeks of researching the depths of the internet, medical journals, and websites. I certainly got the sense that the medical industry is currently investigating the potential of Botox but only in its infancy. The major reason being that Botox relaxes the nerves and potentially blocking the sensitivity of the skin. However, I did find counter article’s (not as many) that mentioned individuals with sensitivity experiencing severe reactions. With this in mind, it’s important to take a skeptical outlook on this based on the data available at present. Let’s be fair skin is very personal anyway, so what may work for one person may not work for another.
Have I ever had Botox before ?
Yes, I got Botox in my early twenties, although looking back, it was probably silly as I certainly didn’t have any noticeable wrinkles. A lot of people were doing it at the time. I also didn’t suffer from facial Eczema to the same extent I have today in my thirties. With this in mind, it’s hard to say from experience whether it would work as a treatment for Eczema and skin sensitivity
Did you know Eczema tends to travel up the body with age, my lovely Dermatologist shared that with me during my last visit. Adults tend to experience facial Eczema more (Lucky me).
I did notice after my first experience with Botox how incredible my makeup slid on and would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the glow that Botox offered.
The Big Decision
I decided to go for it !
The great thing about Botox is that is a temporary treatment. If things didn’t turn out, I always had the option to discontinue the treatment and explore other options. I booked my treatment with The Kerry Hanaphy Clinic in The Citywest Shopping Centre. I did have a really positive and professional experience years back in a different clinic, but due to Covid-19, I decided to stick with more local options on this occasion. Plus, I received a really positive review from my Cousin who had visited too.
I made the commitment and paid for a package. The package included 3 areas of Anti-Wrinkle Injections and cost €250. The overall experience in the clinic was very positive, even though a pandemic. The clinic was super clean, professional, and helpful. The treatment overall was very quick and completely painless.
- Usually takes a few days to see the full results, I actually didn’t see much change at all until five days later.
- Due to the severity of dehydration and thinning, I was recommended to return for another follow-up treatment after 4 months.
- Usually, Botox treatment needs to be done on an on-going basis, roughly every 6 months.
Check out the before and after pictures below
I will definitely continue to use Botox on a regular basis going forward to help me manage my facial Eczema and the the challenges associated with the condition. I feel the Pros definitely out way the Cons, and I’m genuinely really enjoying the results both with and without makeup on.
- Skin glowing and radiant especially on treated areas
- Extremely noticeable reduction in wrinkles
- Reduction in the appearance of thinning skin
- Makeup application improved dramatically
- Over the course of two months post Botox treatment; I have not experienced one Eczema breakout, dryness, flaking or sensitivity in the areas which were treated. The skin is much stronger and more resilient than before
- I really only have one con when it comes to using Botox as a treatment for Eczema. The reality is that Eczema is a Chronic Skin Condition, one that has a mind of its own. During different periods of my life Eczema has affected me differently and in different locations on my body. It can appear in a brand new area and totally disappear in others. It would almost impossible to have Botox inserted across your entire body or even your entire face and neck. Even though the areas treated with Botox are positively impacted, the rest of the face still experiences sensitivity and breakouts.
Further cosmetic treatments potentially worth exploring in the treatment of facial Eczema and hypersensitivity
After being so vocal about Botox on my platforms and in my day to day I was introduced to a treatment called Aqua Gold. I had been blabbing on about how much I loved the results of the Botox but wished the benefits could be enjoyed across my entire face and neck. After all, I experience Eczema across my entire face, not just my forehead and eyes. See the photo to the left, this was me after getting Botox. Aqua Gold is basically a full face and neck treatment using a microneedle loaded with Hyaluronic acid fillers, Neurotoxins such as Botox or Dysport, Growth factors for cellular renewal, Vitamins complex and mesotherapy, nano-peptide active ingredients, and more. Hears the catch, one treatment roughly costs about €750 and the results last for roughly 6 months. I would certainly be open to trialing the treatment but I realize the price range may be out of range for everyone, especially as dealing with a skin condition is extremely expensive. From GP visits, Dermtoloists, creams, and medication. Watch this space maybe I will give it a try someday.
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