Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for The Face and Body

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / Honayst

Hydrates skin

Many people use hyaluronic acid to hydrate their skin. People can take hyaluronic acid as a supplement, or they can apply it topically as a cream. Hyaluronic acid can increase skin moisture and improve the quality of life for those with dry skin. One 2014 study involved female participants applying topical hyaluronic acid as a lotion, serum, and cream. The study results demonstrated an increase of skin hydration of up to 96% after 8 weeks of use across the different types. Learn about some other ways to keep skin healthy here.

Smooths skin texture

When a person experiences changes in their skin, it can have an adverse psychosocial impact. This can occur during the aging process. An older study found that hyaluronic acid can help reduce the roughness of a person’s skin and increase skin elasticity. Learn how to tighten loose skin here.

Reduces dermatitis

Hyaluronic acid can help to improve the symptoms of mild to moderate eczema. Participants in a 2011 study found that hyaluronic acid in a foam form was more pleasant to use and improved their eczema more than a ceramide-containing emulsion cream. Learn about the different types of eczema here.

Reduces acid reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common condition that causes symptoms such as acid reflux and heartburn. One 2017 trial found that hyaluronic acid supplements taken with acid suppression helped to improve symptoms of people with non-erosive reflux disease, a type of GERD. Learn all about acid reflux here.

Soothes dry eyes

The eyes contain high concentrations of hyaluronic acid. Therefore, eye drops containing hyaluronic acid can help to treat symptoms of dry eyes. A 2019 study found that taking a combination of oral and topical hyaluronic acid eased symptoms of dry eye in participants. Learn what causes dry eyes at night.

Treats vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness often affects females following menopause. It can affect a person’s quality of life. One 2016 study found that a combination of hyaluronic acid cream and an estrogen cream helped to alleviate symptoms of vaginal dryness. Researchers also noted that hyaluronic acid was the more effective of the two. So people who cannot use hormonal treatment, such as estrogen cream, could use hyaluronic acid alone to help ease symptoms. Learn about the different causes of vaginal dryness here.

Can you use it every day?

How often a person can use hyaluronic acid will depend on the type. Typically, a person can use skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid twice a day, but it is essential to read the instructions as products will vary.

Types

Hyaluronic acid is available in a variety of different forms.

Oral

Hyaluronic acid tablets have shown efficacy for treating several issues, including:

  • skin hydration and wrinkle reduction
  • joint pain

People should speak to their doctor or another healthcare professional before using any form of supplements, as they may interact with other medications.

Topical

Topical hyaluronic acid can come in the following forms:

  • creams
  • lotions
  • serums
  • foams

Hyaluronic acid can help increase moisture levels in the skin and reduce signs of aging.

Injections

Because the body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, the chances of a person having an allergic reaction are low. Therefore, hyaluronic acid in injection form can have a range of uses. It can have medical and cosmetic purposes. One cosmetic purpose for hyaluronic acid is fillers, including facial and lip fillers. A dermatologist injects hyaluronic acid into the lips to give them a plumper appearance. Learn about the differences between Botox and dermal fillers here.

Side effects

People using hyaluronic acid regularly generally report very few side effects. This is probably because the body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, which means there is little risk of allergic reactions. One 2012 study involved participants taking oral hyaluronic acid for 12 months. They reported zero side effects.

Injections

An older article noted that injectable hyaluronic acid could cause adverse effects. However, these effects tend to be due to the injection itself rather than the hyaluronic acid. Adverse effects may include:

    pain
  • bruising
  • flushed skin
  • itching
  • swelling

Summary

People may be aware of the benefits of hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in skincare but may not be aware of its versatility. Using hyaluronic acid supplements or topical products can help people maintain a youthful appearance and tackle many signs of aging. However, it can also help treat some medical conditions, such as vaginal dryness or joint pain. People should consult a healthcare professional before taking supplements. They should make sure that any provider of injectable hyaluronic acid has registered with the appropriate governing bodies.