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How Does Collagen Affect the Skin?



Collagen, a protein that occurs naturally throughout the body's bones, skin, blood, organs, and tissues, has been touted as a beauty product for years. But does this substance actually create healthier, younger-looking skin? Here's the scoop on the benefits of collagen.


Reducing Signs of Aging


Over time, exposure to the sun's rays and other elements in the environment increase signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. The body's ability to produce collagen, which makes up about 80 percent of the skin's structure, decreases during the aging process. Increasing collagen can help plump and smooth the skin to make signs of aging less noticeable. Clinical studies published in the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology show that collagen can reduce wrinkles and improve the skin's elasticity.


Decreasing Cellulite


Many women find the bumpy appearance of cellulite to be unflattering. Collagen might be able to help. In a clinical study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, women who took collagen supplements saw an improvement in their skin's texture and a noticeable decrease in cellulite bumps.


Reducing Inflammation


Irritating skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne often cause bumps, blemishes, and redness. Collagen may help reduce the frequency and severity of these symptoms. The amino acids in collagen may help reduce the inflammation that exacerbates these conditions.


Diminishing Stretch Marks


Many women develop stretch marks after puberty or pregnancy. This permanent damage is caused when the skin is stretched beyond its natural elasticity. Promoting the production of collagen may help repair the skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.


Assisting With Wound Healing


The amino acids in collagen, particularly arginine, have powerful wound-healing properties. Collagen can help facilitate the healing process while reducing the inflammation associated with skin injuries.


Age-Less Weigh-Less offers collagen induction therapy, also called microneedling, to help clients achieve a smooth, supple complexion that may give them a vibrant, youthful look. This minimally invasive procedure uses an automated needle to create tiny, invisible punctures in the skin. This safe and generally painless process stimulates collagen production to help create plump, firm skin. Though some redness may be noticeable directly after the procedure, bleeding is typically minimal and stops immediately after the treatment. Clients may notice a difference in their skin's texture and tone as soon as they leave our office. To schedule a free consultation at our Woburn, MA office or our new location in Dover, NH, call us at 781.569.5100 or contact us online. Make sure to ask about our specials.

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