The use of collagen powder as a way of improving skin health certainly has gained popularity, and it’s for good reason. Collagen has the evidence and proven results that indicate skin conditions including acne scarring, impaired wound healing, eczema, and hyperpigmentation all can benefit from a collagen supplement. This makes collagen an exciting supplement to explore when looking for relief from your condition. Let’s look at exactly how it can help you.
Collagen is a structural protein made up of amino acids. Collagen is important as it keeps your connective tissue and skin strong and healthy. Collagen is available from different sources; two of the most popular sources being bone broth or as collagen powder in a supplement.
Preclinical trials show the benefits collagen supplements can have on skin barrier function after only 8 weeks! This includes improved skin hydration through an increase in your body’s ability to produce collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin. Common skin conditions that have a link to impaired barrier function include eczema, which indicates the potential of collagen peptides in improving symptoms of this condition.
Another study completed by the Journal of Dermatological Science provided evidence that collagen peptides may be beneficial in reducing inflammation in the skin that is a result of an allergic response. This is promising for eczema that has a link to allergies.
Acne scarring can be difficult to treat, the earlier you address the problem the more effective treatments are at reducing scars. Acne scarring is a combination of melanin deposits in the skin, alongside depleted collagen levels. A loss of collagen from acne scars can make the skin appear uneven and lacklustre. It makes sense when you add more collagen to skin that has low levels of collagen, it gives the skin the ability to regenerate, and thicken, thereby improving the appearance and reducing the development of acne scars.
For a wound to properly heal, collagen is an important component of the restructuring of the damaged tissue. When there is insufficient collagen your body may experience delayed wound healing, and increased risk of scarring. Collagen provides your body with the structural proteins it needs to strengthen and heal the site of a wound.
Hyperpigmentation in the skin is renowned for being difficult to budge. Hyperpigmentation is characterised by irregular deposits of pigment in the skin, that appear as dark spots. They can appear from trauma to the skin, such as sun exposure, or acne, or they can develop from hormonal imbalances. Due to the role inflammation plays in the development of pigmentation it makes sense collagen can play a role in reducing it.
A literature review has shown that the amino acid glycine, found in collagen, can have a positive impact on reducing inflammation in the skin. Glycine in this study was shown to reduce inflammation and regulate the immune response. This indicates that collagen has the potential to reduce inflammation and regulate immune responses that can lead to pigmentation in the skin.
The benefits of collagen supplements to your skin appear endless, and because of how versatile collagen powder is there are endless ways you can consume it. I recommend consuming in a skin nourishing smoothie alongside some berries and avocado for an extra dose of skin loving antioxidants and fatty acids.
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