Oh, the irony. New research shows that fans of Botox injections might experience backwards results. Reports the Daily Mail, “… if you use [Botox] a lot, or have it injected by an inexperienced practitioner, Botox can actually give you wrinkles.” Here’s the creepy bit: because Botox was originally employed as a prescription treatment to help twitchy eyes and other neurological conditions, it works by essentially freezing certain nerves (hence the post-Botox perma-grin). When used repeatedly to paralyze wrinkled areas, other surrounding nerves in your face may become active so you can still achieve facial expressions. By awakening these areas and putting them to use, you may create more wrinkles by doing so.
We were scared about the idea of sticking needles into our face in the first place … but now the notion that the injection could really make you look worse has us thinking that we’ll stick to a healthy diet and preventative sun protection to keep our skin looking as youthful as possible. [Daily Mail]