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Apparently, there is an ingredient that has the same effect as Botox, but without the injection. Let's see if it's true.
Korean beauty products are trendy and, if you take a moment to read the ingredients, you will spot one named sodium deoxycholate. Haven't heard about it before? But don't worry, here's everything you need to know:
What is sodium deoxycholate?
This ingredient is a salt that can act as a solubilizer and a detergent that dissolves certain cells. This process is actually called cell lysis. It sounds awful, but this is a similar effect to what you get when you use most facial washes.
Theoretically, when applied topically, sodium deoxycholate can induce lipolysis (aka, breaking down fat cells).
What are the benefits?
So, while the buzz is that sodium deoxycholate can induce lipolysis and redistribute subcutaneous fat to reshape your face (just like botox does), experts are not so convinced. There is still no evidence as no brand has still done this kind of research. Even more so, dermatologists consider that there is no evidence as to whether it actually has some benefit to the skin. However, something that is applied topically will rarely act the same way as if it was injected.
Are there any side effects?
Sodium deoxycholate can cause some skin irritation, but it will depend on the concentration of the ingredient. However, the concentration threshold has still not been established for this ingredient, so it remains unknown.
So, all in all, however popular this ingredient might get, there is still little research on it, so be careful if you decide to try it out. And if you have any questions, check with your dermatologist first!