Hyaluronic Acid in the News

References to hyaluronic acid have been popping up all across mainstream media outlets lately.

CNN: The best beauty products of all time
Does mainstream media get more mainstream than CNN? Okay, so we’re not talking Anderson Cooper here, but reporters from Real Simple posting an article on CNN.com’s International Edition website. To be honest, though, about the only possible way this particular mention of hyaluronic acid could be more positive would be for Anderson Cooper to do a segment on it. Get this, the article is titled “The best beauty products of all time”. More impressive, it’s on a list that includes such staples as Q-tips, Dove soap, and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. The first product on the list is Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. The reasoning behind the shocking position at the top–shocking for me, anyway–was quite specific. Its formula for improving the body’s natural processes for renewing skin uses hyaluronic acid. A sidebar to this article says that the products that made the list were ultimately chosen after consultation with 300 experts.

USA TODAY: At what price beauty? Get the best creams for the money
Arguably USA Today doesn’t quite carry the same allure as CNN, but as far as mainstream media recognition goes, they seem on about the same level. The weird thing here is how the article wound up not on the Beauty section, but the Money section. Eh, go figure. The story is all about getting consumers to dump their brand name beauty creams for cheaper no-name pharmaceutical-grade beauty creams. A New Jersey makeup artist and esthetician interviewed names hyaluronic acid as the single most important factor to consider when shopping for beauty creams. She explains that it’s a humectant which attracts and keeps moisture in the skin.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Gurus of Camera-Ready Complexions
The gurus of the title refers to those who make the faces of celebrities ready for the cameras on the red carpet. According to one of the gurus, it is the hydrating success of a combination of hyaluronic acid serum with oxygen that has made Dermal Quench the signature product of her clinic in Melrose Place. It’s worth noting that hour-long treatment will set you back $270.

NBC NEWS: What Really Solves Knee Pain? The Answer Might Surprise You
The results of a large study seem to indicate that only treatment for knee pain that provides no relief at all is the use of acetaminophen. Hyaluronic acid is criticized as well as a treatment for knee pain mainly due to the exorbitant cost of the treatment for more than the treatment itself.

THE ECONOMIST: A medical matryoshka doll
If you learn nothing else today, you will learn that Russian nesting dolls are technically called matryoshka dolls. Some scientists have been coating the outer layer of a chemical bomb so tiny it is measured in billionths of an inch with hyaluronic acid and inserting chemotherapy drugs into the inner layer (and there’s your metaphorical nesting doll, folks!) as a way to battle cancer. Why the hyaluronic acid? Because, apparently, some reaction takes place that causes the stuff to start accumulating in cancerous cells. And somehow coating the chemical bomb with hyaluronic acid causes it to become a guiding system.