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    2017’s big breakthroughs


    Thumbs up for topical HA

    In 2017, dermatologists and their patients saw hyaluronic acid being marketed as an ingredient in moisturizers, as well as topical fillers.

    “Hyaluronic acid has been a darling in dermatology for some time. As most dermatologists know, it’s a water-absorbing molecule. It’s a hydrating agent. And we also use hyaluronic acid in injectable forms in fillers,” Dr. Batra says. “In 2017, I think there were some innovative products that merged those applications. They’re sort of misleading being marketed as ‘topical fillers.’ They’re really just much more sophisticated versions of hyaluronic acid, which people can apply to plump lines.”

    Instant gratification with topical polymers

    Use of topical polymers, which instantly give a firming effect to the skin, blossomed in 2017, according to Dr. Batra.

    “I’ve had people come in with, for example, Instantly Ageless, which is basically a temporary tightening agent, which you put on your face and get a short-lived but quite impressive effect,” she says. “I think it’s quite cool to see the technology that’s coming through that’s being translated into topical skin care.”

    Conflicts of interest: Dr. Batra is a medical advisor for Jenu, which is an at-home ultrasound device that increases absorption of product, as well as for Keranique, which is the hair regrowth system for women. She has consulted with ProActive and Neutrogena.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


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