Hyaluronic Acid: What’s the Big Deal?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA, as you might see on your skincare labels) is an ingredient everyone is buzzing about – but what is it? Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule found in the body used to retain moisture – leaving the skin plump, healthy and hydrated. While the body is able to produce HA, it is an added benefit when applied topically. One gram of Hyaluronic acid is equal to six litres of water. That’s super-hydration for the skin! HA also has the ability to regulate moisture within the skin cells to make sure the cells aren’t ‘drowning’ and leaves the skin smooth and soft. Hyaluronic acid can be found in the form of serums, supplements, and topical injections. Many dermal fillers are Hyaluronic Acid-based.

In addition to the hydrating benefits, Hyaluronic acid helps fine lines, wrinkles and a gives a radiant glow.  Properly hydrated skin is plump and diminishes the look of fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is safe for all skin types, even acne-prone and sensitive skin. When injected, HA can help with osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease due to normal use of the joints. Add the hydrator as the last step in your beauty regimen, right before your moisturizer.

At Anne Arundel Dermatology, we have beauty experts who can help assist and get you on a proper skin care regimen. To schedule a beauty consultation, please visit our website or call to schedule an appointment at 443.351.DERM (3376).

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