The Erasa XEP 30 Review + Before & After Pictures | Could It Be Better than Botox?

Erasa Box in front of a mirror web

Erasa XEP 30. It's Been Called "Botox in a Bottle."

I've read so much about Erasa that I couldn't wait to try it. It's won 3 impressive beauty awards:

  1. Allure Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award in 2015
  2. 2016 Total Beauty Award Breakthrough - Editor's Picks
  3. 2016 City Award for Product Innovation in Facial Skincare

Erasa XEP 30 was created by Jules Zechino, a former chemist for Estee Lauder. The formula is different from other skincare products in that it uses neuro-peptides to relax wrinkles.

"In the 80's it was all about retinoids and how they bolster collagen production. The 90's were all about alpha hydroxyl acids and smoothing the skin. Then peptides started becoming more advanced. Peptides target certain cells and tell them to do certain things," explains Zecchino.

Erasa combines 4 different neuro-peptides specifically formulated to tell muscles to relax. When muscles relax, wrinkles are reduced.

XEP-30, the first neuro-peptide in the formula, is a man made version of a snail neurotoxin. The neurotoxin contains botulinum toxin (like in Botox, Dysport and Xeomin). Argireline, the second neuro-peptide, is man made and works similarly to Botox. X-50 Myocept, is a combination of 2 more neuro-peptides. They direct all the ingredients in Erasa to the skin cells that need them most.

"Up until now, one of the biggest problems with ingredients that attempt to relax the nerves around the muscles is that they do not easily penetrate skin, which is why the delivery system is so important," says David H. McDaniel, director of the McDaniel Institute of Anti-Aging Research. "This formula gets the neuro-peptides into the skin, so they have somewhat of a Botox-like effect."

How does Erasa compare to Botox in clinical trials? Zecchino had Erasa tested in an independent lab. His formula reduced wrinkles by 64% on average after 14 days. 42% of the people tested got a 70% or more reduction. The top 25% of people in the trial had a 90% or more wrinkle reduction.

Statistics for Botox, in comparison, have shown a wrinkle reduction anywhere between 70 - 100%.

But that's not all Erasa Does!

Erasa contains other ingredients that will make you love it even more:

  1. Whey Protein that stimulates skin cells to make new collagen and retain moisture
  2. Niacinamide to improve skin elasticity, enhance skin's barrier function (keep good stuff in and the bad stuff out), and improve skin discoloration, tone and texture
  3. 97% Pure Glabridin reduces redness and inflammation, evens skin tone, and lightens age spots
  4. Magnolia, Boswellia, and White Birch work together to stop skin redness and inflammation
  5. Creatine boosts collagen production to reduce wrinkles
  6. Polymers & Micro Spheres create an optical illusion. Tiny spheres made from a silicone blend fill in lines and wrinkles. They scatter light to create a blurring effect.

These are makeup free, unretouched photos. Individual results will vary; but as you can see, Erasa XEP 30 worked really well for me!

Before Erasa XEP:

As you can see, I have some wrinkles, and there are dark spots on the right side of my forehead. I always use retinol and C E Ferulic, so adding Erasa was the only change I made to my skincare routine:

Morning:   Cleanse   >   SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic (Once every 3 days)   >   Erasa XEP  #ad  >   SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

my forehead before erasa |

Evening:   Cleanse   >   Erasa XEP #ad  >   SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0   >   SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore

After Using Erasa XEP for 3 Weeks:

The Erasa website says you should start to see results after using Erasa twice / day for 2 weeks. I started to notice results after about 3 weeks. Forehead lines softened. Dark spots faded and skin tone and texture are more even. Redness is greatly improved! Recently my skin had gotten dry and my neck was itchy. Using Erasa on my neck made the dryness and itching completely disappear. For me, that's a game changer. Having an itchy neck makes me crazy!

My forehead after Erasa | The Erasa XEP 30 Review + Before & After Photos | Can It Replace Botox? | Masterpiece Skin Restoration

Botox vs. Erasa - Let's Compare Results & Costs.


I've had Botox injections in the past and am a certified Botox injector; HOWEVER, I don't like getting shots. I don't mind giving them, but I don't like getting them. (How's that for hypocritical?!) Botox and other injectable botulinum toxins get beautiful results. They relax the muscles (and in turn your wrinkles) so very well. But it's important to note that Botox has not noticeably improved the quality of my skin - aside from reducing my wrinkles.

Another thing to consider. If you don't like the frozen look, then you should ask for smaller doses of Botox than the manufacturer recommends. Mini dosing so to speak - usually 1/2 the recommended dose. Smaller doses allow wrinkles to relax without causing that frozen look. They also decrease your cost. For this blog post, I'm going to compare the cost of mini doses of Botox with the cost of Erasa. Erasa's results are much closer to these smaller doses. It simply isn't powerful enough to make you look frozen. Learn more in this post:  Botox vs. Baby Botox | What’s the Difference?

I think I should also point out that the muscles in men's faces are larger than the muscles in women's faces. A man often needs a larger dose of Botox than a woman does to get the same effect. That said, I don't know how well Erasa would work on the larger muscles in a man's face.

young woman getting Botox in her crow's feet | Skin Rejuvenation | The Most Common Procedures, What They Treat & How Much They Cost | Masterpiece Skin Restoration

Botox Costs:  Assuming you choose mini doses of Botox (you'll hear it called Baby Botox) for your forehead, glabella and crow's feet, you might use about 28 units every 3 - 4 months. If you get your Botox for $10 / unit, that would be $280 per treatment.

A Botox treatment every 3 months (so 4 times / year) would cost $1,120 / year.

If you were able to stretch your Botox injections out to every 4 months (3 times / year) it would cost about $840 each year.


Erasa definitely reduced my wrinkles, but not as well as Botox. It did have a profound impact on the tone and texture of my skin. I must say, I LOVED the results! Botox has never improved my skin quality - only my wrinkles.

Erasa XEP 30 Costs:  A bottle of Erasa costs $160. There was no tax or shipping on the Erasa website. (You can also buy it on Amazon. #ad It comes directly from the manufacturer so you shouldn't have to worry about counterfeit products. I got free 2 day shipping as a Prime member.) The website says the 50 ml bottle should last between 8 - 10 weeks when used twice a day. I haven't finished my bottle yet to attest to this.

If you buy a $160 bottle every 8 weeks, you would use about 6 1/2 bottles a year. 6.5 bottles x $160 =  $1,040 each year.

If you buy a bottle every 10 weeks, you would use a little over 5 bottles a year (5.2 bottles to be exact). That would be 5.2 bottles x $160 = $832 / year.

The Verdict:

The cost of mini doses of Botox are very similar to the cost of Erasa XEP. Neither one is cheap. Erasa is easy to use and doesn't require trips to a med spa -  and your time is worth something! It doesn't require painful injections and it noticeably improved the quality of my skin. For me, Erasa is the winner. My wrinkles have faded and my skin just looks better!

Side note:  A topical Botox product is coming from Allergan, so injections may go away. It will only be available from medical providers (like me!). We'll have to wait to see if it gives Erasa a run for its money.

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Amy Takken, RN

Amy Takken is a registered nurse with 20+ years of experience helping people improve their health. Her in-depth skincare articles have been featured on Nazarian Plastic Surgery and The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. She's also been quoted on

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