Hyaluronic acid: a dermatologist's guide

Dr Mahsa Saleki
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From Netdoctor

If you are trying to reduce wrinkles, achieve a glowing complexion, or you are a fan of The Ordinary, chances are you might already be using hyaluronic acid.

While it might sound intimidating, hyaluronic acid is an increasingly popular skincare ingredient that can be found in everything from serums to face masks. But what is hyaluronic acid? And how do you apply it?

We speak to Dr Mahsa Saleki, aesthetic doctor and founder of SAS Aesthetics, about what hyaluronic acid is, how it works and the skin benefits.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally found substance in the body. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrophilic molecule which literally means “water loving”. It’s this quality that serves its main function to absorb water and retain moisture in the skin, eyes and joints.

What does hyaluronic acid do to your skin?

Hyaluronic acid’s water loving nature is critical to the skins’ moisture levels. Not only does it absorb and retain water, it also stops the loss of water through evaporation. This will make the skin appear more supple, hydrated and glowing.

How to apply hyaluronic acid

HA is known to hold 1000 times its own weight in water, so the best way to optimise its affects is to apply it to damp skin. To further it’s hydrophilic properties you can add a couple of drops of water to your favourite HA based serums.

Is hyaluronic acid safe?

Can you use it every day? Hyaluronic acid is a safe product in its purity as it’s a naturally found substance already present in the body and can be used daily for best effects.

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How do I know if I need hyaluronic acid?

Over time, as we age the level of hyaluronic acid secreted by fibroblast cells in the body will begin to diminish. Hyaluronic acid can therefore be used at any age to prevent losses over time or to replace as it’s levels begin to fall.

Hyaluronic acid skin benefits

HA along with other molecules released by fibroblast cells are responsible for the skins elasticity and maintaining a strong scaffold. By using topical or injectable HA, the skin will benefit from an anti-aging and moisture boosting effect with minimised signs of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Hyaluronic acid side effects

Topical hyaluronic acid holds minimal risks with very infrequent allergic reactions reported.

Last updated: 04-06-2020

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