What is Hyaluronic Acid And Why It’s Important

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Dr. Michael Hakimi

Your body produces miracles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a chemical and protein factory that manufactures an amazing array of cure-alls, antibodies, and age-defying substances. 

One of these amazing products is Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient that is actually used regularly in the cosmetics industry. This naturally occurring collection of carbohydrate molecules is chiefly found in connective tissues, eye fluids, umbilical cords, and neural tissues. 

While the term “acid” may have negative or unsafe connotations, Hyaluronic Acid is perfectly harmless. Its primary function is to retain liquids to keep tissues lubricated. It also acts as a kind of “shock absorber,” protecting and stabilizing areas of the body from impact. This is why it is so often concentrated around the connective tissues in joints, such as knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders, and other stress-heavy areas.

As we age we produce less Hyaluronic Acid. This causes wrinkles, dry skin, rough texture, and other skin problems. It can also affect joints, causing stiffness, inflammation, and mobility issues. This is why Hyaluronic Acid is such a vital part of many medical and cosmetic treatment plans.

Because Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance it possesses certain bio-compatible features, meaning it will not provoke or irritate the body’s natural immune system. This makes it easily adaptable for clinical use, as the body will not reject its introduction into tissues or organs.

` Hyaluronic Acid has been used to ease inflammation in arthritis patients by adding fluid to the joint areas. It is also used in eye surgery to help replace natural fluids. It has even been applied to wounds to increase healing and regeneration.

Cosmetic products derived from Hyaluronic Acid can be applied both topically on the exterior of the skin, or internally using dermal filler injections. Once introduced to the body, the Hyaluronic Acid will simultaneously bond to both collagen and water molecules. This traps water within the skin, hydrating it. The result is smooth, vibrant skin, with less wrinkles.

Since Hyaluronic Acid is actually adding moisture to the skin, rather than stripping it like some other acid based cosmetic treatments, there is no downtime required. 

In addition, Hyaluronic has antioxidant properties, meaning it will protect your skin against free radicals such as pollution, smoke, and other irritants. 

As a natural product of the human body, Hyaluronic Acid works for all skin types, regardless of ethnicity, sensitivity, or age. Even if you’re prone to break-outs or have oily skin, treatments using Hyaluronic Acid can greatly improve your appearance and overall skin health.

It’s only natural to want to look youthful, vibrant, and healthy. The great news is there’s a natural way to do it. Hyaluronic Acid is one of the human body’s most amazing miracle products, now harnessed by cosmetic surgeons to help you take years off your appearance without any surgery or excessive downtime.

If you’ve been looking for a natural way to look younger, consult your cosmetic surgeon about some of the FDA approved Hyaluronic Acid derived treatments and products on the market. 

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