February 10
To believe or not to believe

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I’ve come across some websites that sell hyaluronic acid supplements that are taken orally. Will they improve my skin like injectable hyaluronic acid can?

Not likely. When taken internally, hyaluronic acid purportedly penetrates down to the deep inner layers of the skin where topical applications can’t reach. One problem with taking hyaluronic acid orally is that the molecules are too large for the body to properly absorb unless they’ve been re-engineered to make them smaller and more available to the body. In addition, taking a supplement internally doesn’t assure that it will get to the ‘right’ spots; the only way to do that is to inject or apply them directly to the areas in question.

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Dr. Alan M. Engler, M.D.
Restylane
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