Hyaluronic Acid

What is it? Can it help me look younger?
Many of my patients in their 30’s and up, ask me about hyaluronic acid (HA) products. HA is being marketed as an anti-aging product, in topical or oral form, to make skin look younger . HA is a gel-like molecule that “holds water.” Its evolutionary purpose was, and is, a “space filler” and cushioning agent in all mammals.  You can find it in high concentration in your eye fluid, in connective tissue in the skin as well as cartilage and joints.

Hyaluronic acid’s primary function in the body is to lubricate joints. It’s found, with cartilage, at the part of your joints where bone meets bone. Like elbows, knees and shoulders. Doctors actually use injections of an artificial form of HA to aid in the healing process after eye surgery and joint repair. But can HA help reduce wrinkles and increase skin elasticity?

Harold Lancer, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles says. “If you take Hyaluronic Acid as a supplement, your stomach acid would simply destroy it.” That’s probably why no clinical trials demonstrate the effectiveness of oral hyaluronic acid. And for me, the result of a clinical trial is the big divide between “hope it works” and “it works.”

The one compound that that’s has clinically proven results for skin, hair and nails, is ch-OSA®. I’ve written about it before. ch-OSA has the ability to turn on your body’s collagen-generating cells called fibroblasts. The truth is, it is the loss of collagen that creates wrinkles and sagging skin. In double blind, placebo controlled clinical trials (the only one’s I believe in), ch-OSA reduced wrinkles by 30%, increased skin elasticity by 89%, strengthened hair by 13.1% and increased the diameter of hair shafts by 12.8%. You can find ch-OSA in a product called BioSil® Skin Hair Nails. I believe both GNC and Vitamin Shoppe carry it. As always, searching for the… Truth in Beauty.

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