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Also called hyaluronan, hyaluronic acid is a transparent, goo-like gel that your body produces naturally. Because hyaluronan acts as a natural lubricant and helps retain moisture, its primary purpose is keeping your skin, connective tissue, and eyes healthy. In addition to its natural uses in your body, hyaluronic acid can also be used in a number of other ways and has been shown to have many health benefits. While some people take hyaluronan supplements, others use injections, topical serums, or eye drops to boost their hyaluronic acid levels and promote overall health and beauty. Here are some of the ways hyaluronic acid can benefit you.
Because hyaluronic acts as a moisture lock on your skin, supplements or creams can keep your skin looking supple and youthful. Nearly half of the hyaluronic acid in your body can be found in your skin, though aging, sun exposure, and air pollution from smoking or carbon emissions can decrease this amount over time. Extra hyaluronan can help keep these levels steady, reducing dry skin and helping to prevent wrinkles, redness, and skin conditions like dermatitis. At CORE Medical & Wellness, we offer PCA Skin, a trusted industry leader that uses hyaluronic acid to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
Although hyaluronic acid is present at all times in your body, its production increases when you’re wounded. Hyaluronan helps control inflammation, and causes additional blood vessels to be created at the injury site. Because of its use as an antibacterial, hyaluronic acid can reduce the chances of a wound becoming infected, as well as decrease the amount of pain caused by the injury. More prominently, hyaluronan has become widely used after oral surgery to eliminate gum disease and ulcers.
Relieving Eye Irritation
For those suffering from dry eyes due to lower tear production or environmental factors, hyaluronan offers quick relief from symptoms when applied using eye drops. Hyaluronan is currently being researched for use in contact lenses, and is already commonly used by optometrists performing eye surgery to promote healing.
Reducing Joint Pain
Hyaluronic acid can be found in your joints and helps keep the space between your bones lubricated. This reduces the chance of bones grinding together, a condition which can cause irritation, aches, and pain. A joint disease known as osteoarthritis causes your joints to deteriorate over time, but hyaluronic acid supplements can help relieve pain and discomfort, as well as slow the progression of the disease.
Soothing Acid Reflux
Recent studies have found that hyaluronan may help those suffering from acid reflux, where food from the stomach is regurgitated back to the throat. Over time, this condition can cause damage to your esophagus. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to not only soothe the pain caused by this illness, but to also accelerate healing. Although hyaluronan still needs more testing as a natural cure for acid reflux, its clear health benefits suggest it may be used in the future to treat this and many more illnesses.
Ready to Get Started?
If you’re interested in the health benefits hyaluronic acid may have for you, contact CORE Medical & Wellness today at 888-521-0688 to learn more, or to schedule an appointment. You can also visit our skin care page at https://coremedicalwellness.com/skin-care-products/ to find out more about PCA Skin and the many other skin care products we have available!
Kristin Freda is our medical aesthetician at CORE Medical & Wellness. Kristin has been in the skincare industry for 13+ years, and has worked at some of the most prestigious day spas and medical spas in New Jersey. Read her full bio here.