Hyaluronic Acid has exploded onto the skincare scene in recent years. Between serums, moisturizers, and masks – it’s everywhere.
While the name may be a bit intimidating and difficult to spell – this product has countless uses in the skincare world as well as for your general health.
Let’s discuss the benefits of hyaluronic acid as well as its multiple uses!
What is HA?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that naturally occurs in the human body, specifically in the eyes and the joints.
HA has a unique ability to bind to water and hold almost a thousand times its weight in moisture. This binding activity prevents dehydration and evaporation, which can help the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and encourages a plump, youthful appearance.
HA also binds and supports collagen. The hyaluronic acid will keep the collagen hydrated and this is thought to be a powerful anti-aging duo when taken in supplement form or applied topically.
As we age, we lose our ability to produce hyaluronic acid, which results in dry skin at best, and the onset of wrinkles at worst. Compound this natural reduction of HA stores with dry winters, the effects of UV rays, and poor diet – skin dehydration is too easy.
Who should use Hyaluronic Acid?
Don’t let the ‘acid’ in hyaluronic acid make you nervous, it’s extremely versatile and is suitable for most skin types. The risk of irritation is minimal, due to its being produced in the human body.
In particular, mature and dry skin types will see marked benefits due to HA’s hydrating properties.
Although, keep in mind that some products that contain HA may also contain other irritants – so be sure to read labels thoroughly and consult a professional if you ever have doubts about which products to use on your skin.
Forms of HA
Hyaluronic acid is available in three primary formats: injectable, topical, and oral.
Injectables will have near-immediate effects and are often referred to as fillers. Fillers can be placed around the eyes, in the cheeks, and on the lips. We know, of course, that hyaluronic acid will attract water. Once injected, the HA will attract water to the injection site to create a plumping, volumizing effect.
Injectables are temporary, with an average lifespan of 3 to 6 months. They are also reversible.
If you have a skin infection or are pregnant, injectables may not be for you. Always consult a dermatologist before undergoing injectable treatments.
Topical hyaluronic acid usually takes the form of sheet masks, serums, and moisturizers. These can range in quality, so always be sure to check ingredient labels and consult a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician to find the right products for your skin.
Oral hyaluronic acid has similar benefits to injectables and topical, but it’s thought that they are more subtle.
While oral HA supplements won’t provide the dramatic cosmetic effects of injectables, HA has powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and pain management properties. Use of oral hyaluronic acid may aid in the treatment of:
Chronic pain (specifically in the joints)
Urinary tract infections
Hyaluronic acid may also benefit those who suffer from a chronic bladder pain condition known as interstitial cystitis. However, these pain-relieving benefits are primarily from the insertion of hyaluronic acid through a catheter – something that is not so accessible. While oral supplements may help, there is not enough evidence to support this theory.
It’s thought that HA may also be beneficial for serious conditions such as fibromyalgia, but always consult your doctor before starting a new supplement regimen.
Hyaluronic acid has many healing properties with different methods of consumption. From the cosmetic to the medical, hyaluronic acid is absolutely worth a try.
Want to give it a try, but aren’t sure where to start? Topical hyaluronic acid is a perfect jump-off point. The professionals at SculptedYou offer PCA Hyaluronic Acid serum, perfect for smoothing those fine lines and wrinkles.