Well, what is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is an organically occurring glycosaminoglycan which are simply carbohydrates or sugars which go by the name polysaccharides – found throughout the body’s connective tissue, cells, cartilage & also fluid that lubricates the joints. Being a soluble very high in substance – Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in H20 molecules. Due to the astonishing absorption properties of the molecules, this makes it a perfect candidate for plumping the skin significantly decreasing the depth of wrinkles and enhancing the skins firmness and elasticity. And that is hyaluronic acid, non-crossed linked!
In its natural state, HA is enzymatic and breaks down at swift speeds. So, in order to endure the turnover of the molecules, they can be chemically engineered to create a thicker gel in comparison to the usual liquid form in order to be considered as a modified cosmetic treatment to prevent decomposition & that is cross-linking!
So, by transforming the liquid into a gel essentially the polymer chains are crosslinked together. The more links that are generated through the crosslinking reaction, the longer it takes for the skin to break down the cross-linked Hyaluronic acid. The more links that are created, the thicker the product.
And that is the difference between cross linked and non-cross linked hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is primarily used for facial rejuvenation and is classified as non-cross linked. Hyaluronic acid products are one of the most common treatment options for this aesthetic concern. The difference between cross linked and non-cross linked is simply that the non-cross linked has more of an affect on fine lines and wrinkles which is more appropriate for the neck, wrinkles and fine lines.
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