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What is hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic acid’s benefits in skin care

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Hyaluronic acid is found in so many skin care products these days, and many dermatologists swear by it — but what exactly is it?

We asked dermatologists to explain what hyaluronic acid is, how it can benefit the skin and whether there are any side effects to worry about.

WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?

Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally by the skin. It’s a humectant, which means it can absorb and retain water — kind of like a molecular sponge.

In fact, hyaluronic acid can absorb and retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a powerful hydrator, according to Dr. Charisse Dolitsky, a dermatologist with the Schweiger Dermatology Group in Long Island, New York.

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Source: Today – What is hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic acid’s benefits in skin care By, Lindsay Lowe

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