There is no shortage of products on the market that claim to help make your skin look plumper, more hydrated and younger-looking. Dermatologists now say there is one ingredient that stands out, and it's changing the way we look at skin care: Hyaluronic acid.
In the past, hyaluronic acid was only used in expensive, high-end products, but now, it's becoming available on more affordable platforms.
Alexis Marcus tried everything to treat her acne, but found that most products dried out her skin.
"I really struggled between finding that balance between keeping the oils but also not over-drying the skin," said Marcus.
Her dermatologist suggested she try something different-a new cleanser with hyaluronic acid.
"Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the skin. Together with collagen and elastin it forms the foundation for skin structure, texture and tone," said Rob Robinson, a cosmetic chemist at Beautystat.com,
Robinson said when hyaluronic acid is applied on the skin, it acts like a magnet for moisture.
"It actually pulls in moisture from the air so it hydrates the surface of the skin.Literally absorbing over one thousand time it's weight in water," Robinson said.
Dr. Debra Jailman, author of the book "Skin Rules," said that is great for people with skin issues.
"Let's say you're acne prone, or you're oily, or you're prone to blackheads or whiteheads. You can have hyaluronic acid in a product, you can get the moisturization without clogging your pores and getting break outs," said Dr. Jailman.
Hyaluronic acid is being used a several affordable over the counter brands, like Olay, Neutrogena, and many others. One recent study said they expect the hyaluronic acid market to expand to a $10.8 billion industry by 2020.
"Hyaluronic acid can be found in facial moisturizers, night creams, eye creams-even in makeup primers and foundations," said Robinson.
Dr. Jailman said since hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our skin, the product can work for anyone and there is little chance of an allergic reaction. She added that not all products contain the same amount of the ingredients they advertise, so it is important to read the labels.
Dr. Jailman said, "You want to look on the ingredient list to see what number ingredient is it in. In other words, if it's the last ingredient then it may just have a small amount of hyaluronic acid."
As for Marcus, she's been using her hyaluronic cleanser for a month and has seen a difference. She said her acne has improved and she's found a difference in the consistence of my skin.
"I'm definitely getting the balance between having that hydration but also not having that over-oil production and clogging." she said.
Scientists are working to make the acid more effective by shrinking the molecules so the penetrate the skin better.
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