Debunking the Myth: Hyaluronic Acid’s Water Absorption Capabilities in Cosmetics

Unveiling the Reality Behind Hyaluronic Acid’s “Magical Abilities”

In the world of beauty, hyaluronic acid has become a buzzword. Produced from the carbuncle of chickens, this compound has been used for decades in various medical procedures to treat joint problems, eye surgeries and wounds. More recently, it’s been incorporated into cosmetic creams as an anti-aging ingredient. But a new study conducted by researchers at Riverside University in California challenges some of these claims.

The study found that hyaluronic acid does not absorb as much fluid as previously believed when applied topically to the skin. While hyaluronic acid reserves diminish in the body over time, applying it in creams does not lead to the level of fluid absorption previously claimed. Serious dermatologists understand that skin is mostly impermeable, making it difficult to determine how much hyaluronic acid can absorb when applied topically.

Professor Yossi Haik, chairman of the Israeli Plastic Surgery Association, explains that while hyaluronic acid can be beneficial in certain applications, it is not the wonder ingredient that some have made it out to be. “Hyaluronic acid is a great filler for facial injections and can help smooth out wrinkles,” he says, “but its effectiveness is limited.” The study calls into question some of the exaggerated claims about hyaluronic acid’s high water absorption capabilities and highlights its limitations as a skincare ingredient.

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