Hyaluronic Acid: Fantasy or Reality?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has been getting loads of anti-aging publicity in the skin care arena. Is there any basis to the hype? Let’s talk about the good stuff:

  • 60 Minutes featured a Japanese village that lived longer and had fewer wrinkles and diseases than the rest of the world because of their diet that was rich in hyaluronic acid. Consuming HA works.
  • Hyaluronic Acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water, helping skin get plump and hydrated when injected with it.  Injecting HA works for plumping the skin.
  • Damaged connective tissues in the body, especially in places like the knees, heal beautifully with HA injections.
  • HA rocks at healing wounds.

This is all great, right? It sounds like a perfect fit for skin care.  Here’s the trouble:

  • Long chain hyaluronic acid is what’s most effective at plumping the skin, retaining water and healing connective tissue. The long chain versions of HA, however, can’t penetrate the skin.  It can’t get under the skin and cause the plumping or healing that it’s marketed to do.
  • Short chain hyaluronic acid can penetrate the skin but it actually causes inflammatory responses rather than healing and hydrating.

We get that there are tons of good points about HA but when it comes to topical skin care, hyaluronic acid is a marketing scheme and not actually beneficial to your skin.  That’s why OHA uses Tamarind Seed Extract in the Lip Line Treatment – it plumps and smoothes the skin without causing an unsightly reaction. You can heave a sigh of relief, knowing that OHA doesn’t fall prey to hype, but uses what’s best for your skin.


  1. If you want to read a more in depth evaluation of hyaluronic acid, read here: http://www.smartskincare.com/skinbiology/skinbiology_hyaluronic-acid.html

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