Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance found in your own body. You might have read about hyaluronic acid-based filler injections to help treat fine lines and wrinkles. The main function of HA is to provide volume in your skin, making it look supple and younger. Lower volumes of HA can make your skin look sunken, or saggy, and overall make you look much older. However, Ha has become more than just a substance used for dermal fillers due to its other properties. Here’s three other uses:
- Helps wounds heal quicker – Being an anti-inflammatory agent means that HA can soothe the redness and inflammation that’s keeping your acne wounds from properly healing. Hyaluronic acid signals your body to start building more blood vessels in the areas where you have acne and pimples, allowing for quicker wound-closing. As a secondary benefit, applying HA serums of creams on your wounds can also reduce their size, therefore making their appearance smaller.
- Treats dermatitis – In short, dermatitis means irritation of the skin. This can be caused by internal issues like autoimmune diseases, or external causes like allergic reactions. Either way, HA calms the affected area down and soothes the itchiness and irritation, allowing for faster healing. HA is also a moisturizing agent, meaning that it counteracts the dryness that comes with dermatitis.
- Smooths your skin’s texture – The older we get, the dryer and rougher our skin can be due to its reduced abilities to keep moisture. HA can slow and treat this due to its properties as a moisturizing agent, keeping your skin’s water levels balanced and delivering moisture to all layers. When your skin is smooth and hydrated, its elasticity improves, reducing the appearance of existing wrinkles and slowing the formation of new ones.