The Complete Guide to Hyaluronic Acid

Woman feeling her shoulder skin The Complete Guide to Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a powerful molecule that has worked wonders for skincare, but there’s a lot to it and what you can treat beyond aging skin. Read on to find out more about your skin’s new (and old) best friend.

What to Know About Hyaluronic Acid

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that can be found in skin, eyes and joints of the body. It serves a number of purposes, but most have to do with moisture retention. In the joints it provides lubrication and added cushion when joints are in contact with body tissue. In the eyes and skin, hyaluronic acid can hold a great deal of moisture which is critical to the health of both. As we age, the body produces less hyaluronic acid, among other substances vital to skin’s health. Wrinkles and fine lines are the result of this diminished production, and hyaluronic acid is critical to skin’s structure and vitality. While there are external factors that contribute to aging — mostly sun damage from sustained exposure to UV radiation, reduced HA production is the biggest internal cause of skin appearing aged.

The Many Uses of Hyaluronic Acid

Wrinkles

Wrinkles are an unfortunate, unavoidable consequence of aging that are hard to hide. There are a lot of topical, over-the-counter solutions containing hyaluronic acid that can help your skin retain moisture. As part of your daily skincare routine, hyaluronic acid can be incredibly beneficial. But if you want more lasting results, there’s another application of HA that works even better on wrinkles and other signs of aging. Dermal fillers usually use hyaluronic acid as their main ingredient. Dermal fillers are injectable drugs that contain a gel-like solution. There are a range of products, but a vast majority use HA. Common dermal fillers include brand names like Restylane and Juvederm. These products can be used on the face, especially on the cheeks, near eyes and other places fine lines form. Additionally, some are formulated to address wrinkles or sunken skin in the lips or the backs of hands. This process is no more invasive than an injection, doesn’t require anesthesia, and can yield results that last anywhere between six months and a year. When your skin needs a jump start again, your dermatologist can help you with another round of dermal fillers.

Scarring

No matter your age, this next application for hyaluronic acid might be perfect for you. If you have scarring, either on your face or another part of your body, hyaluronic acid may be the perfect substance for reducing scarring. While treating scarring, either from acne or injury/surgery can be tricky, HA might be perfect for filling and helping to heal scars of all kinds. Acne scars often appear as indentions in your face, crater-like and unsightly. Dermal fillers like the ones mentioned above can be injected to jump start and supplement HA production in your skin, while also helping to fill and smooth away scars on its own. Topically, hyaluronic acid may also be useful in treating wounds and scars elsewhere on the body, though studies aren’t complete on that.

Regardless of what you need hyaluronic acid for, know that it is a natural and safe way to address many skincare needs. If you’re interested in hyaluronic acid for restoring your skin’s natural beauty, call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates.

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