Collagen is responsible for skin strength and elasticity. (Photo by Silvio Tanaka)
This is the conclusion of my hyaluronic acid experiment.
For the past month, I've been taking 100 mg of hyaluronic acid daily (along with 200 mg chondroitin sulfate and 600 mg hydrolyzed collagen type II). The idea was to see whether it improved skin quality and affected hair growth, as suggested by some anecdotal evidence.
As with most of the stuff I've tested and written about on this blog, the results were disappointing. Or perhaps disappointing is the wrong word, since I was not really expecting much. In any case, I saw no effect from taking hyaluronic acid, neither positive nor negative. Skin looks as usual, hair grows as usual. All quiet on the western front.
One reason for lack of effects may be that the experiment was shorter than usual this time. Perhaps longer periods of use are needed to see results. And even though the label on the package says to only take 100 mg per day, some of the anecdotal evidence seems to be based on much higher daily intake and even non-oral methods of delivery.
However, taking even 100 mg of hyaluronic acid daily is not exactly cheap, so doubling or tripling the amount would make quite a dent in your budget. Even then it's anyone's guess whether you'll see results. Personally, I would look elsewhere for skin care products.
In case you are interested in trying it for yourself, the brand I used was Doctor's Best Hyaluronic Acid with Chondroitin Sulfate, which I purchased from iHerb.com. If you want to order from there and it's your first time, use coupon code "NEN423" for a $5 discount on any product. This 60 capsule bottle still seems to be the cheapest one I can find at the moment.
Maybe if the prices on hyaluronic acid go down (it's fairly new and not that well known at the moment, which may explain the cost) I'll try it again. For now, however, it's time to move on to new and improved experiments.
For more information on skin care and hair growth, see these posts:
Emu Oil and Hair Growth: A Critical Look at the Evidence
Topical Vitamin C, Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid – Experiment Conclusion
How to Get Natural Sun Protection by Eating the Right Foods
2% Nizoral Shampoo Increases Hair Growth More than 2% Minoxidil