While some skincare ingredients are worth skipping, others are genuinely worth the hype. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that lives up to its reputation. You can find this ingredient on the drug store shelves and at a dermatology and cosmetic center. Here’s why your dermatologist loves hyaluronic acid (and why you should too).
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that the body produces naturally. Acting as a lubricant and cushion, hyaluronic acid exists in high concentrations in the eyes and joints. It’s also a vital component of skin health.
Medical professionals often use hyaluronic acid in eye procedures and to reduce swollen mouth sores. However, it’s become increasingly popular as a skincare ingredient. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain water and sustain a plump appearance. And much like substances like collagen and elastin, this acid naturally depletes as you age. This is why your dermatologist may recommend hyaluronic acid as a key component in your skincare routine.
Hyaluronic acid is available as a topical and injectable ingredient, and your dermatologist will recommend an application depending on your skincare needs. Here are some of the main benefits of using hyaluronic acid in your skin regimen.
Works as an Injectable: Hyaluronic acid is a popular choice for injectable dermal fillers and is the main ingredient in Juvederm®. Dermatologists may recommend this cosmetic treatment to enhance the lips or smooth out wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Following treatment, you can expect natural-looking results that last between six months and one year.
Keeps Your Skin Moisturized: Your dermatologist may recommend adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine if you’re dealing with dry skin. This ingredient locks in moisture, giving skin a smooth and plump appearance. Products with at least one percent hyaluronic acid are typically effective, but your dermatologist might recommend a higher concentration if your skin is severely dry.
Reduces Signs of Aging: Aging skin tends to become dehydrated more easily, and dehydrated skin shows more pronounced wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid acts as a wrinkle reducer by trapping moisture in the skin and smoothing out the surface.
Doesn’t Irritate the Skin: Hyaluronic acid is gentle and doesn’t present many side effects. Allergic reactions, though possible, are rare. If you receive hyaluronic acid as an injectable filler, your dermatologist will go over risks and side effects with you. These side effects may include temporary skin swelling.
Widely Available: While hyaluronic acid is a staple in your dermatologist’s office, it’s also widely available over the counter. This makes it an accessible ingredient that won’t be hard to hunt down. You can toss it into your grocery cart or easily order it online. Just make sure to talk to your dermatologists about which brands are safe and effective for your skin type.
Remember: It’s essential to speak with your dermatologist before adding a new product to your skincare routine. You want to make sure that a specific ingredient is right for your skin type and will interact well with your other skincare products, and hyaluronic acid is no exception. Your dermatologist may recommend in-office cosmetic dermatology treatments over at-home care based on your skin needs.
An effective skincare routine starts with quality ingredients, and the team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists is available to help you build a flawless skin regimen. Our professionals will help you achieve the best skin of your life through product recommendations and in-office cosmetic treatments. With locations in Downey, CA, and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we offer cosmetic, medical, and surgical services to area clients. Contact us today to book an appointment at an office near you.