Hyaluronic Acid: What Is It, and What Are the Benefits?

Woman with water splashed in her face Hyaluronic Acid: What Is It, and What Are the Benefits?

Are you beginning to see wrinkles around your eyes? Do you have oily or dry patches on your face? Are you exposed to a variety of environmental toxins like pollution or UV rays? Whatever your age, skin type, or environment, hyaluronic acid can help protect and restore your skin through its incredible hydrating properties.

What to Know About Hyaluronic Acid

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

First, a little about hyaluronic acid (HA). Don’t be misled by the word “acid” in its name: It doesn’t act like most acids that strip away substances. Instead, hyaluronic acid exists in the human body to provide hydration, lubrication, and assistance in repairing damaged tissue. Because of its molecular structure, HA pairs with water to better facilitate the hydration of your skin, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water! Due to its hydrating properties, HA can help your body maintain its collagen, the most common protein in your body that gives elasticity, strength, and regeneration to your skin cells.

Evening Skin Tone and Texture

Are you seeing wrinkles, lines, or droopy skin on your face? Your day-to-day living and the aging process are the most common drains on your HA levels, creating lines and blotches on the skin. Hyaluronic acid holds onto water, acting like a cushion to create a plumping effect on your skin, making it an effective under eye wrinkle treatment and helping reduce acne scars. Boosting your hyaluronic acid through supplements, serums, and creams or injections can dramatically increase your skin’s moisture levels, thus smoothing wrinkles and reducing redness or blotchy skin, such as sun damaged skin on the face or stretch marks.

Moisture Barrier

Your skin needs protection from the many environmental factors that attack it daily, such as weather, pollution, and UV rays. Hyaluronic acid can sweep in like a knight in shining armor and guard against the skin’s natural enemies. The outer layer of our skin, the epidermis, gets the most damage from irritants and toxins in the environment. Part of the epidermis is the lipid layer, which keeps the skin’s natural moisture intact and keeps moisture from escaping. As we age, the lipid layers around the skin cells break down. Supplementing your skin through hyaluronic treatments can help strengthen your skin’s barriers when the lipid layer starts to weaken. Some recent research also shows that hyaluronic acid has antioxidant properties, weakening assaults on the skin by free radicals.

Moisturizing Dry Skin

Hyaluronic acid is known as a “humectant,” which means it draws moisture in from its environment. If your skin has trouble creating its own moisture and suffers from dry patches or has lines caused by dry skin, hyaluronic treatments can help give a big drink of water to your parched skin, bringing a glow and radiance to your face. Hyaluronic acid can also help restore skin that has been stripped of natural hydration from acne treatments.

Preventing Oily Skin

Many people think that oily skin doesn’t need to be hydrated, so they strip their skin of natural oils. But this can cause the skin to overcompensate and produce too much oil. By using hyaluronic as a gentle hydration technique, the natural balance of oils on your skin can be regained. Your pores won’t become clogged from overproduction of oil, and you will prevent breakouts that are often associated with acne.

Hyaluronic Treatments

There are a variety of ways to increase or supplement the hyaluronic acid in your body, from topical creams and serums to injections. Talk with your dermatologist at Vanguard Dermatology in the greater New York City area to find out the best HA treatment for your unique situation.

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