Hyaluronic Acid: How Your Skin Benefit From It… And More

  • Products containing hyaluronic acid are readily available but it is important to consult a doctor for proper use and to avoid allergic reactions.
  • Hyaluronic acids help in moisturizing the skin, prevent aging, aid in wound healing and relieving joint pains.
  • Nutrition, age, physical and medical condition, and environmental factors would affect the effectivity of hyaluronic acid on the body.

Hyaluronic acid or Hyaluronan is naturally produced by the body.  It is often found in the joints, eyes, and skin.  It lubricates and retains water in the cell tissues, the eyes, and the joints. It comes in face creams, injections, eyedrops, dietary supplements, among others for medical and commercial uses.

Hyaluronic acid has many uses:  

1. Anti-aging

Hyaluronic acid’s anti-aging effectiveness depends on:  nutrition, genetics, pollution, sun exposure, and smoking and alcohol consumption.

60 Japanese adults were examined in a small 2017 study.  Those who took hyaluronic acid supplements had improved skin condition and less wrinkles.

It also reduced skin roughness and improved skin elasticity in just 2-8 weeks in another small study.

A German study using hyaluronic acid supplements in 2016 resulted in 10-20% reduction of wrinkle depth and increased skin tightness among its participants.

However, a 2015 review of hyaluronic acid products revealed that the acids’ molecules are too large to pass through the outer layer of skin cells.

2.  Wound healing

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By hydrating the skin, hyaluronic acid promotes wound healing as it redirects blood flow to the damaged areas of the skin and controls inflammation, according to a 2016 review article.

It also heals diabetic foot ulcers more quickly than ordinary wound dressing materials. It also moisturizes wounds and prevents bacterial infections in animals when a biodegradable gel with hyaluronic acid and poloxamer was applied to skin wounds.

3.  Relieving joint pain

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According to the Arthritis Foundation, when the synovial fluid that contains hyaluronic acid breaks down, it causes stiffness and pains in the joints.  This is why hyaluronic injections are used to treat osteoarthritis.

However, safety and effectiveness of this treatment is still to be established as advised by the American College of Rheumatology and the Arthritis Foundation.

Side effects

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With proper use, hyaluronic acid supplements, topical products, and injections appear to be safe. However, it may cause allergic reactions or side effects to some people.  Do a test patch to determine allergies.

If you experience itching, pain, swelling, redness, and bruising, you may be allergic to the hyaluronic acid supplement.

Those who have pre-existing conditions should always consult with a doctor before taking or injecting any supplement.

It may be naturally produced in the body, but people may still have allergic reactions especially those who have anaphylaxis.    

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Consult with your doctor if you have: a chronic health condition, receiving treatment for an illness, and or taking prescribed medicine.

To summarize, the effect of hyaluronic acid varies from one person to another.  Age and existing medical treatments and conditions can affect its effectiveness.  Always consult with a physician to avoid adverse effects or allergic reactions. 

Source: Medical News Today

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