What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring humectant. Humectants are substances that absorb water, and are commonly used to keep skin moist and hydrated. Other natural humectants include aloe and honey.
Hyaluronic acid has been called the body’s "lubricant molecule." It occurs naturally and abundantly in both humans and animals. You can find it in your joints and connective tissue, and even in your eyes, where it acts as a lubricant and cushioning agent.
How does Hyaluronic Acid Work?
When it comes to cosmetic applications, hyaluronic acid is primarily used to keep skin hydrated. It does so by attracting and holding water in the outer layer of your skin.
The Benefits of Using Hyaluronic Acid
Various formulas containing hyaluronic acid can help the skin look younger. Basically, hydrated skin is healthy-looking skin. This applies to those suffering from acne, dryness or the signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid can help retain your skin’s moisture content and help counteract these common issues.
Risk and Warnings
As we mentioned, hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the human body. In some cases – particularly when given by injection to smooth out wrinkles and turn back the clock on aging skin – some precautions may need to be taken.
Proactiv Products With Hyaluronic Acid
- Proactiv+® Complexion Perfecting Hydrator: This silky rich hydrator acts like a cream but glides on like a gel as it moisturizes the skin to combat dryness and helps to improve texture and skin tone. It includes hyaluronic acid as part of its Moisturizing Complex.
- Green Tea Moisturizer: This lightweight, oil-free, non-greasy formula is rich in mineral and botanical extracts, including green tea, and hyaluronic acid to help maintain skins hydration.
Hyaluronic Acid: The Bottom Line
Hyaluronic acid is a frequent component in acne treatment systems. While it doesn’t play a direct role in clearing acne, the ability of hyaluronic acid to draw moisture into the skin makes it a critical skincare ingredient for treating dryness.