My Hyaluronic Acid Serum Experience

Hello, my dears!

So back in May, I decided to add a few new ingredients to my skincare regimen. These were ingredients many people in the beauty community recommend. Check out Clean Beauty Must Haves to read more.

Hyaluronic Acid was one of the ingredients I decided to incorporate into my skin care this year. It’s great for all skin types especially oily skin so I was excited. Obviously, one of my challenges was finding an organic or all natural brand with a product quality that actually works. I looked everywhere online and finally decided to start out with the Oz Natural Hyaluronic acid.

What I love About this Particular Brand’s: 

  1. It is 98 % natural
  2. It is affordable
  3. They are cruelty-freeee brand.
  4. Oz Naturals has a pretty good selection of natural skincare products and seem to have a good customer service team.

I ordered this product and a Vitamin C serum because I wanted to try both products. My skin had been super thirsty and dull looking for a while so I needed that moisture and brightening boost asap!

Just a quick reminder on some of the key benefits of hyaluronic acid for the skin:

  1. It can brighten skin
  2. Works as a humectant so it draws in and keeps moisture in your skin
  3. It helps keep skin plump and youthful looking.

Few days after my first application of both products, I had rashes all over my forehead. I was still recovering at the time, not necessarily eating healthy and didn’t drink enough water. All of these together got me thinking the breakouts rashes were from malnutrition or dehydration. I started drinking water and doing better with my eating habits. I also started reading about these two products and learned that there is such a thing as “overdosing” on vitamin C serum.  Read more in my Before Adding Vitamin C to Your Skincare Regimen

This hyaluronic acid contains Vitamin C so I assumed my problem was due to higher concentrations of Vitamin C from my regimen at the time. With that in mind, I quit using both the vitamin C serum and the hyaluronic acid and thankfully, the rashes went away. About a month later. I decided not to use both products concurrently but one at a time instead. I chose to use the hyaluronic acid first. And boy, did my skin suffer!

To be honest, I love what hyaluronic acid does. This particular one is slightly thick in consistency, clear liquid and odorless. My skin was definitely brighter as I used this product. Or maybe the brightness was due to the combination of product I was using at the time. Nevertheless, the rash was unbearable. I don’t have sensitive skin or react to products easily and I rarely have breakouts. That made me worried because it was so much- all over my forehead, lower chin and neck. As soon as I realized the Oz Naturals hyaluronic acid was the only addition to the products I was using,

I stopped using this product about 10 days ago and the rashes are just now clearing. It’s leaving dark spots on my forehead and lower chin/neck area which is unfortunate. Now I have to figure out a spot clearing regimen -_-. Like I mentioned, I have never really battled dark spots so I’m hoping I can easily clear these out :(. (pray for me)

Few days after discontinuing… this photo doesn’t do it any justice actually 🌚🌚

After discontinuing this serum from my routine, I went into investigation mode. What were the ingredients? Oz Naturals lists their Key ingredients as follows:

  • hyaluronic acid
  • vitamin c
  • vitamin e
  • rosehips
  • green tea

But there’s more. The Full ingredients list on their website says : Aqua (water), 1,3 Propanediol (hydration), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Sodium hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing, intense hydration), Sodium ascobyl phosphate (antioxidant), Retinyl palmitate (vitamin a, antioxidant), Rosa canina fruit extract (skin conditioning), Camellia sinensis leaf extract (antioxidant), Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract (skin conditioning), Aloe barbadensis leaf extract (skin soothing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (emollient, texture enhancer), Sodium magnesium silicate (thickener), Montmorillonite (ionic minerals), Illite (ionic mineral), Kaolin (ionic minerals), Phenylpropanol (preservative), Caprylyl glycol (preservative), Alpha tocopherol (antioxidant), p Anisic acid (preservative) ,Sodium citrate (antioxidant, preservative), Xanthan gum (texture enhancer, thickener), Magnesium chloride (viscosity adjuster), Citric acid (ph adjuster), Sodium citrate (antioxidant, ph adjuster), Sodium hydroxide (ph adjuster) . 

Two ingredients stood out to me.

  1. 1-3 Propanediol: This is an organic compound that works as a skin conditioning agent. It has a low overall hazard but it is considered a skin irritant.
  2. Retinyl Palmitate: Although also a skin conditioner, this ingredient is rated as a high overall hazard. EWG scores it a 9 out of 10, rating it high in in developmental/reproductive toxicity and moderate in carcinogenicity.

This rating did not correspond with what I saw on Think Dirty. I realized that Think Dirty did not have the full ingredients listing in their rating. Perhaps because the formula for this product was recently changed (as I read online).

Hyaluronic acid itself is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Any reaction is most likely due to the other ingredients listed. In my case, I am suspecting the skin irritant 1-3 propanediol. This is my first known encounter with this ingredient since I started paying attention to ingredients.

Currently (it’s gradually clearing out)

For me, I will have to find another brand’s hyaluronic acid to try. I will be looking for one without the ingredients that I think I reacted to. This could mean paying more but an extra $20-40 bucks to get quality ingredients without any of the irritants is definitely worth it to me. On that note, I will be removing this product from my skincare stash. I thought I’d share my experience/review since I had previously mentioned this product with so much excitement on the blog.

Lastly, please always remember that just because a product doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. This is my own personal experience. Our skins are different and react differently so if you want to try out this product, you’re free to. There are actually some pretty good reviews on Amazon and Oz’s website for you to check out. 🙂

Have you tried Oz natural’s hyaluronic acid serum? what was your experience? If not which brand’s have you tried and what was your experience?.

Xo, Asaake!

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13 Comments

  1. July 22, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ve never heard of hyaluronic acid before, and this was such an informative post. I always love to hear people’s experiences with products, whether they’re good or bad. Hope your skin keeps clearing up! x

    • Asaake
      July 26, 2017 / 2:31 am

      Thank you so much! This was definitely hard for me. I was nervous about sharing my experience without bashing the brand. My skin is clearing up nicely. 🙂

  2. July 19, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I can definitely see the improvement. 🙂

    • Asaake
      July 26, 2017 / 2:31 am

      I do too! Thanks for stopping by

  3. thebeautyhex
    July 19, 2017 / 7:30 am

    Ooooh, I really need to try this! P.S. The first photo is GORGEOUS!

    • Asaake
      July 26, 2017 / 2:34 am

      Let me know of your experience if you do try it. And thank you sooo much! I take all my photos with my iphone 🙁

  4. July 18, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I use The Ordinary hyaluronic acid and haven’t had any issues but I’m not sure if it would meet your green criteria. Vitamin A can be quite harsh on skin, especially at high quantities I believe. I use a vitamin a cream and only use it once a week because I end up shedding skin, but its good for acne prone skin and anti ageing. Hope you’ll be able to find something that works for you, always a bummer when products react badly… Great blog! Leanne, (beyournaturalself.com)

    • Asaake
      July 26, 2017 / 2:37 am

      I have heard sooo much about the ordinary brand. I am hesitant because I never looked to see if they’re an organic brand or use only natural ingredient which is very important to me. I will definitely look into it! Thanks so much for the suggestion.

    • Asaake
      July 19, 2017 / 6:44 am

      If you find a good brand with quality ingredients, they are very good! It’s a beauty must have if you want healthy glowing skin.

  5. July 18, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I have to start taking good care of my skin too. LOL. I’ve actually dealt with dark spots before left from acne and I can advise you to keep that area away from direct sun because the sun tends to get it darker. But luckily a simple cap will block direct sunlight from your forehead.

    • Asaake
      July 26, 2017 / 2:33 am

      Yes! Most serums make you so much more sensitive to UV rays. I try to only use serums with spf during the day and use those without spf at night.
      And Yes to taking better care of our skin! It needs all the TLC

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