Ingredient profile: Hyaluronic Acid

Jul 4, 2023

What is Hyaluronic acid? 

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the human body, specifically in the skin, connective tissues, and eyes. It is a type of glycosaminoglycan, which is a long chain of sugar molecules. Hyaluronic acid has a unique ability to retain water, making it an important component for maintaining hydration and moisture in tissues.

At Hugo Apothecary, we adhere to our vegan and botanical principles by exclusively utilising Biofermented Hyaluronic Acid. Our Revival Night cream and Hyaluronic Acid serum are crafted with this ethically sourced ingredient. 

For optimal results, the serum can be applied twice daily, complemented by the potent benefits of essential oils. Make Hugo Apothecary your preferred choice for a skincare routine that aligns with your values.

Hugo Apothecary Hyaluronic Acid in human skin

Which properties is it used for in skincare products?

In skincare and cosmetic products, hyaluronic acid is often used for its hydrating and plumping effects. When applied topically, it can help improve the skin’s moisture content, resulting in a smoother and more supple appearance. It is commonly used in moisturizers, serums, and facial fillers.

Other uses of Hyaluronic acid? 

Hyaluronic acid is also used in certain medical procedures, such as joint injections to treat osteoarthritis and as a component in eye surgeries. Due to its biocompatibility and ability to lubricate and cushion joints, it has become a popular treatment option for various conditions.

So, where does the Hyaluronic acid come from that is used in cosmetics and skincare products? 

Hyaluronic acid used in cosmetics and skincare products can be derived from two primary sources: animal-based and biofermentation.

Animal based: 

Historically, hyaluronic acid was obtained from animal tissues, typically rooster combs. Rooster combs are rich in hyaluronic acid, and the substance was extracted from them. However, due to concerns regarding animal welfare and potential transmission of diseases, this method has become less common.


The majority of hyaluronic acid used in cosmetics today, as well as our Hugo Apothecary skincare range, is produced through biofermentation, which is a microbial fermentation process. In this method, specific strains of bacteria, typically Streptococcus or Bacillus, are genetically modified to produce hyaluronic acid. These bacteria are grown in a controlled laboratory environment, and the hyaluronic acid is then extracted and purified.

Biofermentation offers several advantages over animal-based sources. It provides a more sustainable and reliable supply of hyaluronic acid, eliminates potential animal welfare concerns, and reduces the risk of contaminants or allergic reactions associated with animal-derived sources.

Hugo Apothecary Hyaluronic Acid through biofermentation


It’s worth noting that the hyaluronic acid used in cosmetics and skincare products undergoes rigorous purification processes to ensure its safety and effectiveness. Manufacturers are responsible for maintaining quality control standards to meet regulatory requirements and ensure consumer safety.

It’s important to note that while hyaluronic acid is generally safe and well-tolerated, individual reactions and sensitivities can occur. It’s always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist before using any new skincare or medical products.