The term hyaluronic acid is one of the buzzwords in skin care and cosmetics — from hyaluronic acid fillers to anti-aging topical products claiming to contain hyaluronic acid as a main ingredient. If you’re still wondering what the hyaluronic acid buzz is all about, read on!
Hyaluronic acid is quite different from the popular acids (lactic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid) in skin care. Unlike those other acids, hyaluronic acid doesn’t act as an exfoliating agent. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance (a polysaccharide, to be more specific) in the human body that serves as a lubricating agent in the eyes, skin, and hair. It also helps cushion joints in humans.
The role of hyaluronic acid in skin health is to keep the skin plump, soft, and supple. A dwindling supply of hyaluronic acid is one of the downsides of getting old. Smoking and a poor diet also have a significant impact on the reduction of hyaluronic acid in your body. Too little hyaluronic acid in the skin leads to the development of wrinkles, folds, and creases.
Fortunately, a wide variety of cosmetic treatments either contain hyaluronic acid or stimulate the body to increase its production. Facial fillers containing hyaluronic acid are one of those treatments.
How hyaluronic acid fillers work
When fillers containing hyaluronic acid are injected into the skin, they attract water and moisture to the surgical site. Consequently, volume loss is restored and wrinkles are significantly reduced. Injecting hyaluronic acid is more effective than applying it directly into the skin (as in anti-aging creams) because hyaluronic acid molecules are too large to pass through the superficial layers of the skin.
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