We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are the Pros and Cons of Oral Hyaluronic Acid?

By Rebekah Worsham
Updated May 21, 2024
Our promise to you
BeautyAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At BeautyAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Aging is a fact of life that people cannot avoid. With thousands of products on the market that claim to turn back the clock on a person's appearance, it can be difficult to know which products actually work and which products' claims are too good to be true. One popular product is oral hyaluronic acid supplements. Described as a Fountain of Youth by devoted users, these supplements are typically taken in pill form and claim to support healthy joints and vision, and improve the appearance of the skin and hair. Like any other product, there are pros and cons associated with use of the product, and those factors could help a person decide whether oral hyaluronic acid supplements are right for him or her.

According to research and independent investigations, a diet rich in oral hyaluronic acid appears to improve the look of skin, help increase longevity and improve general health. Hyaluronic acid also has been shown to reduce pain, with injections of hyaluronic acid proving more effective than oral pain medications in the relief of discomforts such as knee pain. Supplements containing this substance have been shown to add moisture to the skin and to leave the skin looking smoother and feeling softer to the touch.

At the same time, oral hyaluronic acid supplements are not a cure-all and cannot work alone. Some scientists back the benefits of hyaluronic acid in injection form but say absorption issues make the oral supplement form relatively ineffective. Even when taking a supplement, a traditional skin care regime including frequent toning and moisturizing will still need to be followed to improve the look of the skin. Another drawback is that the ingestion of hyaluronic acid in excessive amounts has been linked to stomach discomfort. No testing has been done to show the effects of hyaluronic acid on pregnant or breastfeeding women, so they should discuss the risks of use with their doctor before beginning to take the supplements.

The bottom line is that, while oral hyaluronic acid has been shown to be a safe and effective supplement that can be used to improve the appearance of one's skin, the risks should be greatly weighed before use. Everyone's body is different and reacts to even the best of products differently. As with any medication or supplement, it is best to discuss its benefits and risks with a doctor before beginning use to avoid potential drug interactions or concerns.

BeautyAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By anon1002866 — On Mar 06, 2020

Ive been into nutrition since I was 19, yep, a health freak. I'm a guy and I still want to mostly feel great and look good, I'm now 68, seriously look 45-50. I've been taking MSM for years, which is the building block for skin, tendons, ligaments, bones and probably more than that. Zero arthritis, and I move like a young man.

I'm watching my mates age, and they ask what's with me. I tell them, but they just live their lifestyle of drinking, fried food, meat every day etc. Making my mind up at an early age paid off. My wife tells me I gave her 10-plus years after our marriage 25 years ago. because she saw my results.

By anon1001950 — On Aug 02, 2019

Be careful about taking anything with estrogen. Cancer needs two things to thrive: sugar and estrogen.

By anon992742 — On Sep 28, 2015

Who the heck gets age spots at 30? That's very young to be getting that. I'm 32 and look about 22. I have clear skin and no wrinkles, no sagging, and I'm all natural and don't believe in Botox. I take HA and I get stomach pain and acidity in stomach. I don't care, though. I'm going to keep taking it. I hate getting older, but if I look young, it doesn't bother me so much.

By anon346026 — On Aug 24, 2013

I started taking Schiff Move Free instead of my usual Glucosamine/Chondrotin supplement. Bad decision! My hands and feet are swollen, tingly and aching. Plus I have red splotches on my arms and ankles. It happened about two weeks after getting the hyaluronic in my system. Wonder how long it takes to get rid of these side effects?

By anon336933 — On Jun 01, 2013

Studies prove that Hyaluronic Acid absorbs well. Just make sure you buy the small molecule HA since it absorbs even better and take it on empty stomach because of stomach acid. I use the biocell kind.

As far as bloated stomach, you may have intestinal problems unrelated to HA. I'd take some AMP (Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide) for that.

By Perdido — On Jan 01, 2012

@StarJo – I wish it had done all that for me. I'm forty-eight, and I feel like it. The hyaluronic acid supplements did do some good things for me, but they didn't revive my whole aging body.

One thing I did notice was that my hair got healthier after I started taking the supplements. Before, it had been somewhat frizzy and brittle. After I had the acid in my system, it began to feel smoother and silkier, and it developed a luster it lacked before.

Also, I didn't have to use my facial moisturizer as often. I used to have dry, flaky skin, but it feels much better now.

However, my joints still ache, and I still have to wear glasses and use moisturizing eye drops from time to time. The improvements I have seen in my skin and hair are enough to make me keep taking it, but I think that I have seen the limit to its benefits.

By StarJo — On Dec 31, 2011

I have been taking oral hyaluronic acid for two years now, and I am very happy with the results. I'm forty-two, but I feel like I'm twenty-eight.

The main thing it does is moisturize your entire body. It lubricates your joints, moisturizes your skin from the inside out, and keeps your eyes from feeling dry.

It takes care of all your body parts at once. Rather than having to buy a moisturizer for my face, a lotion for my body, arthritis medicine for my joints, and eye drops for my eyes, I can just take this one little pill daily.

By Oceana — On Dec 30, 2011

@orangey03 – You may not be without hope. I recently heard a nutritionist talking about how you can get hyaluronic acid from foods.

She said that one of the best ways to get hyaluronic acid is by making chicken soup by using the feet, legs, and tendons of the bird. This sounds kind of disgusting, but the soup will just taste like chicken.

Also, you can eat soy products and drink red wine to increase your estrogen levels. She said that estrogen helps your body make more hyaluronic acid. Soy milk and tofu are good choices.

By orangey03 — On Dec 29, 2011

Once I turned thirty, I started taking oral hyaluronic acid. I couldn't deal with the wrinkles and age spots that had begun to emerge, and I was hoping that the hype around this supplement was true.

After my first dose, my stomach started to hurt. I felt really bloated, as though I had trapped gas. I tried taking gas relief medicine, but it didn't help.

I didn't want to believe that the supplements were causing my pain, though I knew they probably were. When the pain lingered for another day, I had to stop taking the oral hyaluronic acid.

So, I will never know if it could have worked for me or not. I guess I am just meant to grow old gracefully.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.