What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?

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Does your skin look dry and dull? It may need the deep hydration hyaluronic acid can provide. This molecule attracts moisture and pulls it into the skin, adding fullness and quenching thirsty skin. Even better, it works on almost any skin type, so even people with sensitive or breakout-prone skin can enjoy the benefits. The skin experts at Levy Dermatology can help you find the right hyaluronic acid product for you

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

If you read about advances in skincare, you may have noticed hyaluronic acid popping up as an ingredient in serums, moisturizers, and other products. This molecule is not really an acid. It’s a complex sugar called a polysaccharide that occurs naturally in your skin. As well as a popular ingredient in skincare products, it also finds use in many of the most popular dermal fillers. Different molecular formulas let skincare products absorb into the skin while dermal fillers do not. 

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What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?

Younger skin has more hyaluronic acid, which looks softer and more hydrated. It forms a significant part of the skin’s structural support system, making it just as important as more well-known anti-aging tools like collagen. Hyaluronic acid makes your skin look younger, brighter, and more even. Moisturizers and serums can deliver effective doses of this valuable molecule, but not all hyaluronic acid works the same way. 

Which Hyaluronic Acid Should I Use?

When you examine a skincare product for hyaluronic acid, look for what form of the molecule it contains. Because polysaccharides are large molecules and can be modified, hyaluronic acid comes in different sizes that penetrate into the skin at different depths. Larger molecules will sit close to the surface while smaller ones, such as hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, penetrate more deeply. 

When used as a dermal filler, hyaluronic acid comes in a form so large that the body does not absorb or remove it. That allows this filler to stay in the body for months, sometimes more than a year, without causing a reaction but without breaking down and vanishing. The versatility of this molecule lets manufacturers design different formulations for areas of the face like cheeks, lips, and around the mouth. 

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid does more than just hydrate the skin. It plays a key role in keeping skin healthy, healing injuries, and maintaining a youthful appearance. Benefits include:

  • Anti-aging
  • Hydrating
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Balances combination skin
  • Speeds wound healing
  • Calms eczema and rosacea
  • Reduces lines and wrinkles

Is Hyaluronic Acid a Good Choice for Me?

One of the most significant benefits of hyaluronic acid: almost anyone can use it. Even people with very sensitive or irritated skin can benefit from a product containing hyaluronic acid. If you have a reaction to a product, stop using it and talk to your dermatologist. 

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