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Is Hyaluronic Acid Actually Good For Skin?

Updated: 6 days ago

Is all the hype worth it? Is hyaluronic acid skin's best friend or a trendy money suck? Let's break it down.

Hyaluronic acid is a group of natural sugar molecules produced in the body, including in the skin, eyes and the joints. The type used in beauty products comes from a process called bio biofermentation. The body's natural output of hyaluronic acid declines with age, as do other important skin substances like collagen and elastin. Resultantly, our skin can lose its glow, develop more wrinkles, sag, dry out and look unhealthy.

Hyaluronic acid is known as a humectant, which means it retains water and moisture. This is important because it can stave off dry skin, which carries with it a number of issues. Not only is dry skin a cosmetic concern, but it leads to cracks and breaches in the skin meaning bacteria can enter the epidermis and even travel deeper into the skin and body. This can lead to infection of the hair follicles and in some cases infections that reach the blood stream and subsequently systemic circulation. A compromised skin barrier can be a precursor for conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rosacea and dermatitis.

Hydrated skin enables the skin to retain a shine, a glow, a luster. Hyaluronic acid is a key player when it comes to properly moisturizing the skin. This in turn slows down skin aging and the likelihood for skin infections, diseases or cancers.

Are there side effects of hyaluronic acid? Due to the fact that it's naturally produced by the body, generally it's safe for most people. The problem arises when there are other ingredients laced in hyaluronic acid products that can be low grade, low quality or skin irritants. When it comes to supplemental &/or topical hyaluronic acid, professional-grade is key. Not all hyaluronic acid products are the same! If you're not sure, ask your healthcare provider for their assessment. One I recommend to my patients is linked here.

Top Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

1. Hydrates skin

As we discussed, hyaluronic acid is a humectant to help retain moisture. Say goodbye to dead, dry, flaky skin.

2. Skin Texture

Hyaluronic acid helps to reduce roughness of the skin surface, can increase elastin and collagen production and create a smoother skin appearance and texture.