Hyaluronic Acid: What it is and How it Helps

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Getting older is not the one-way street it once was.  40 is the new 30.  50 is the new 40, and so on.  People are living longer, staying active, and generally leading healthier lives.  It all adds up to a generation that continues to defy Father Time and the notion of what it means to age.  Of course, despite all of our efforts, there are still elements of the aging process that we simply can’t put off forever.  No matter how healthy we may be, our bodies will continue to change in a multitude of ways, not the least of which is the skin.

Hydration, diet, sunscreen and a solid skin care routine go a long way in keeping skin young and supple, but with it all, there are still changes taking place underneath the surface that equal a physical, outward shift with the passing years.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Initially discovered in 1934, our understanding of hyaluronic acid (HA) and its role in skin and the aging process has evolved greatly over time.  As it turns out, HA plays a major part in keeping the human body looking and feeling young.  Responsible for helping retain moisture (it can carry up to 1,000 times its weight in water), HA is present in all of our connective tissues.  As we age, the amount of HA dwindles at varying rates, resulting in some noticeable problems associated with getting older – aching joints, and sagging skin.

Can Hyaluronic Acid be Replenished?

Once its role was better understood, scientists got to work on a way to reintroduce HA into the body as its levels begin to dip.  Due to the size of the molecules, finding a way to allow them to penetrate the skin and do their work became a problem.  Simply applying HA to the skin’s surface won’t do the trick.  It needs to be able to get underneath in order to make an impact. 

Eventually, formulations were developed that allow for delivery of HA in the forms of creams and serums such as Journee or Lumiere from the NeoCutis Line.  However, it is injectable fillers where the power of HA can really be seen.  Special formulations such as Restylane or Juvederm rely on HA to deliver fullness to the skin and stimulate the production of collagen, making them ideal to fill in wrinkles or add volume to lips. 

When selecting a product with HA, whether topical or injectable, seek the guidance of a professional.  A Baton Rouge board-certified dermatologist can help you sort through the many options to determine which will deliver the results you’ve been looking for.  As is the case with all skin products, not all formulations with HA are created equal, and some will undeniably provide more consistent, reliable results than others. 

Start your journey with a consultation in our dermatology offices in Baton Rouge or Lafayette, where we can answer your questions and review the many different selections at your disposal.  Together, we can develop a plan to help keep you looking just as young as you feel.