Hyaluronic acid has a reputation of being a miracle worker that wipes away wrinkles and restores moisture. This acid is found in the skin although it’s also a constituent of other tissues, cartilage,the and ankles. Hyaluronic acid in the cosmetic industry is very popular due to its ability to retain water. It acts as a wrinkle filler but also plays a major role in the production of collagen. But how much of this advocated primarily by cosmetic manufacturers is really true?
Hyaluronic acid wipes away wrinkles and scars
Probably you’ve all heard for famous injections of hyaluronic acid which are used to fill in wrinkle and scars. As we get older the level of hyaluronic acid naturally found in our body drops. However, age is not the only one to blame for this. Lifestyle can also contribute to this in addition to smoking, stress, unhealthy diet etc. You can resort to hyaluronic acid when you notice wrinkles in order to improve skin elasticity and restore moisture. The best thing about hyaluronic acid is that since it is already present in the human body, a risk of allergy is very small.
Hyaluronic acid comes in various forms
Creams and serums contain a relatively small concentration of hyaluronic acid. Given the fact that hyaluronic acid has large molecule weight, simply said – it has difficulties to penetrate deeper into the skin. Being able to retain water on the skin surface, ensures hydration.
With the help of microinjection, it is possible to inject hyaluronic acid deeper into the skin, about a millimeter. The very treatment is not painful and it’s rather effective. It immediately reduces wrinkles and scars. The treatment should be repeated every 2 to 3 months.
Derma fillers are used for deep wrinkles, scars, but also lips and cheekbones. They are being injected 2 to 3 mm deep into the skin. This treatment lasts up to 8 months. Fillers break down eventually so the treatment needs to be repeated. This varies from person to person. Also, it should be emphasized that hematomas and swellings may also occur after the treatment.
Hyaluronic acid really works. But the difference lies only in duration. Surely, it’s more effective when it’s injected directly into the skin. Hyaluronic acid in creams and serums works up to 8 hours as long as you use it. In a long run, it won’t fill your wrinkles but it’ll make it look better and more elastic.
Accordingly, you need to look upon hyaluronic acid as the desirable ingredient in a cosmetic product such as facial cream. But, will it do a miracle? Probably not, unless you inject it directly into the skin.
Translation: G. Dujmović