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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is touted as one of the most effective moisturizing ingredients for skin, but why are some people complaining that it made their skin drier?
That is because it is also widely misunderstood and most of us are content with just knowing that a skin care ingredient is the moisturizing' and do not take time to really understand how it works.
Hyaluromic acid(HA) is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the skin, eyes, and joints that aids in water retention. While HA, when formulated into serums and lotions, can improve our skin's moisture levels , it doesn't necessarily invite the water to the party—it simply encourages it to stay right where it is.
"The easiest way to understand HA's function is to think of it as a sponge in the skin for moisture... the more HA, the more water absorption, and the dewier skin will be with fewer fine lines and wrinkles." -Dr. Hysem Eldik, board-certified dermatologist, Marmur Medical
If your skin doesn't have much moisture to begin with, HA won't be very effective on its own. Ironically, it could leave your skin feeling even drier especially when taken in serum form which is believed to be the best vehicle for HA.
"How your skin feels after applying an HA product can be unpredictable.. In general, serums tend to dry faster on the skin than lotions or creams. Paradoxically, this can leave your skin feeling dry—even though you are using a moisturizing product like HA."
1. To remedy any tightness after applying HA, Dr. Eldik advises following it up with a moisturizer to lock in water before it evaporates from the dermis (sunscreen adds yet another "seal" he shares).
2. Another option is switching to products that are formulated small HA molecules.
"HA is an evidence-based anti-aging treatment, so it's worth switching to a different formulation first before moving on... if the size of HA is too large—this is measured by chemists as the molecular weight—then it cannot get past the top layer of skin called the stratum corneum.. It would be like throwing spaghetti on the wall. This may account for why you didn't notice an improvement with a past HA product."
Jack of all people-related trades, master of none. Majored in Psychology, Customer Service Assoc for a few Years, HR Officer for 4, Manager and ESL Teacher for over 11 yrs now, an artist since birth.
Many of us use Hyaluronic Acid without understanding how it works to moisturize the skin.
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