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Can a Collagen Supplement Help Aging Skin?

A new study suggests that use of a collagen supplement may help to treat aging, dry skin. Here’s what you need to know.

When it comes to the treatment of aging skin, many women turn to creams and lotions to help stop the ravages of time. Although certain creams, particularly those containing retinoic acids, are effective for aging skin treatment; more emphasis is being place on what goes into the body in terms of wrinkle prevention and treatment. According to a new study, taking a collagen supplement may one day be a viable treatment for aging, dry skin.

The result of two studies presented at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland showed that giving a daily supplement of hydrolyzed collagen improved both skin texture and appearance in forty-seven European women. The women were given a collagen supplement for a period of three months at which time the condition of their skin was re-assessed. It was found that the women given the hydrolyzed collagen treatment for aging, dry skin experienced a 28 percent improvement in skin hydration levels as well as a 30 percent improvement in fine lines and wrinkling. A Japanese study using a collagen supplement showed similar results.

While use of collagen supplements for aging, dry skin has been promoted by various cosmetic companies in the past, most of the products have been in the form of a cream which is unlikely to be effective due to the inability of the collagen molecule to penetrate through the outer layer of the skin. Collagen is one of the most important elements needed for maintaining the skin’s support structure and loss of collagen from excess sun exposure and the natural aging process is thought to account for dry, aging skin seen in older people.

While many online sites have responded to this potential treatment for aging, dry skin by selling oral collagen supplements, in the form of liquids and powders, the results of these studies are only preliminary and its unclear whether using a collagen supplement on a longer term basis is safe. Larger studies will be needed to determine the role oral collagen may play for aging skin treatment.

Although it may be too early to take a collagen supplement for aging, dry skin treatment, this study illustrates the importance that diet could play in the treatment of skin aging. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, could help to reduce inflammation as well as the breakdown of collagen and elastin which plays such an important role in skin aging. It may turn out that what you put into your body is more important than expensive creams and lotions when it comes to aging skin treatment.

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  1. good info

  2. great, healthy and helpful medical advice to follow.

  3. i couldnt agree more-i try to eat well and take vitamins but its what you put in your body that counts

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