Can hyaluronic acid be actually drying your skin? Can hyaluronic acid be actually drying your skin?

Can hyaluronic acid be actually drying your skin?

Hyaluronic acid is really popular, and it can be really beneficial for your dry skin, but if used wrong, it can actually harm it!

We hear a lot about hyaluronic acid, but we barely see anyone explaining what it is and how it works.
 

As Dr. Sam Bunting, Harley Street dermatologist and founder of Dr. Sam Skincare Club, explains: “It’s a water-holding gel with the ability to hold 1000 times its own weight in moisture. When it’s applied topically, skin acts as a highly-effective barrier, and those hyaluronic acid molecules are too big to squeeze through the dermis (the layer of skin beneath the epidermis), which is where it needs to be to help plump lines and wrinkles.”
 

 

So, if it is a moisturizer, how can it dry your skin out?
 

If your face is very dry, hyaluronic acid can end up drawing moisture from the deeper layers of your skin, which will cause more harm than good. 
 

To avoid this, Sonia Deasy, founder of skincare brand Pestle & Mortar, always recommends layering hyaluronic acid serum with a moisturizer.
“It helps seal it into your skin and provides a barrier against moisture loss,” she explains.
 

With this in mind, try to find products that are a good fit for your skin so you don't have any risk of making dryness worse. This is especially important y dry weather!
 

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