What is Hyalulronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a molecule present in our body, especially in the joints, cartilage and skin, playing an important
role in these parts of the body. It is also found in many animals.
What is hyaluronic acid used for?
Hyaluronic acid has different functions, to summarize we could say that these are the main ones:
– Wound Healing: Topically applied hyaluronic acid has proven to be very effective in curing wounds, especially
ulcers that occur when the patient is bedridden.
– Use in traumatology: In traumatology the infiltrations of this acid are used a lot to lubricate the joints when the
cartilages have worn or a lack of synovial fluid. It acts in the medium and long term relieving the pain and allowing a
better functioning of the joint. It is also used for the treatment of sports injuries.
We can find it in pharmacies in the form of dietary supplements to prevent joint and cartilage wearing. It is a
fantastic collagen developer.
-Use in ophthalmology: The first use of this molecule was precisely in ophthalmology as a lubricant for the eye that
allows it to stay moist and at the same time protects the cornea.
– Use in aesthetic medicine: This is the use that most interests us in this blog and therefore on which we are going
to focus from now on. In aesthetics, this acid is used in many ways, both to enrich skin treatment creams and to
make fillings to rejuvenate someone ́s appearance.
Where does hyaluronic acid come from?
Hyaluronic acid has an animal origin, although its preparations are different according to its final use. Originally, it
was obtained from the crest of roosters, which is very rich in this acid. Currently, algae and marine microorganisms,
as well as the fish eye, are also some of the most important sources of this product.
In the early stages of its use it was obtained from the umbilical cords of newborns. Currently, this is prohibited and
the entire product is obtained from non-human sources.
The chemical processes are different according to the use to be given to the hyaluronic acid, so not the same one
that is used for a cream than for an infiltration of wrinkle filling.