Questing the Quench: Exploring Hyaluronic Acid & Humectant Agents

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German biochemists Karl Meyer and John Palmer isolated a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) for the first time from a bovine eye and claimed it as “hyaluronic acid” in 1934. The term hyaluronan, frequently used to describe hyaluronic acid, was introduced in 1986 to align with polysaccharide nomenclature identifying the various presentations of HA.1 Other names used to describe HA products include: glycosaminoglycan, hyaluronique, glycoaminoglycane, hyaluran, sodium hyaluronate and hylan.

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