I've read the molecules are to large to penetrate the epidermis.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Absorbable by the Skin (Topical)?
Doctor Answers (5)
There are topical hyaluronic acid formulations
Regarding your question about hyaluronic acid being absorbable through the skin. Products such as Restylane and Juvederm, two commonly used wrinkle fillers or plumping agents, will not cross the skin barrier. However, there are topical formulations such as Hydrating B5 gel, a Skinceuticals product, that will penetrate through the skin to hydrate the dermis.
Topical hyaluronic acid
The topical hyaluronic acid creams function in a different way then the injectable hyaluronic acid. The topical form is applied to the skin and act as a super moisturizer that hydrate the skin and plump it. Another thicker form of hyaluronic acid masks is used to attract more water from the air. Hope that helps.
Not sure I understand the question
Since Restylane is injected as a volume enhancer and wrinkle filler, I am not sure why you might be asking about transcutaneous absorption of the molecule. My guess however would be that it could not migrate through the skin barrier.
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Hyalruonic acid and the skin
I have heard skin care companies try to compare the efficacy of topical preparations to the effects of injectible products such as Juvederm and Restylane. There are also topical products that can claim to provide the same result as Botox. This may or may not be where the question comes from.
In my Raleigh, NC plastic surgery practice and medical spa we do offer facial treatments and home care products that contain hyaluronic acid. These products can be very effective for skin hydration, but they do not take the place of hyaluronic acid fillers.