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Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid Supplements for Wrinkles?

Question:
Do collagen or hyaluronic acid supplements really help for aging or wrinkled skin?

Answer:
Adults lose about 1% of the collagen in their skin each year, which contributes to thinning and wrinkling in aging skin. This loss of collagen may be more evident at an earlier age in women, who have less collagen than men. Hyaluronic acid (also called hyaluronan) is another component of skin that decreases with age. Many supplements containing collagen and/or hyaluronic acid, such as, NeoCell Derma Matrix Collagen Skin Complex, Life Extension Hair, Skin and Nails Rejuvenation Formula, Lindberg Skin Rejuvenator, and Natural Factor's Hyabest® Hyaluronic Acid, are promoted to improve the skin and some contain branded collagen ingredients such as VERISOL and BioCell Collagen or Hyabest Hyaluronic Acid, which have been tested in studies.

But can taking collagen and/or hyaluronic acid supplements, in the form of capsules, tablets, or powders, actually increase the collagen in skin, or improve the skin's appearance? The evidence suggests that some products may have modest effects, but the evidence for other products is weak, as explained in the full answer >>

See the Encyclopedia article about Aging Skin for information about other proposed treatments.

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Lisa17228   October 9, 2018
I am 57 years old.I started using Youtherapy Collagen a few years ago for my stomach problems. I had read that collagen helps with leaky gut and gastritis. After a couple of weeks I found that not only did it help with my stomach, I also realized that I no longer had the arthritic pain in my hands anymore. I also wasnt achy or sore after doing physical work. I was so surprised as I never expected that it would help with the arthritic pain. I havent used it in a while as its hard to swallow 3 of those large pills twice a day. As expected my hands hurt all over again. Does anyone recommend collagen supplement that isnt such a hassle to take?

Trace17248   October 17, 2018
Just take powder

Nicole17226   October 9, 2018
What is the email address to send questions to? I can't find one.

My Question:

How can I find out which collagen supplements contain VERISOL? I read your article about Collagen with Verisol but couldn't find any suggestions as to what to buy.

Searching VERISOL in the Search bar showed nothing too.

ConsumerLab.com   October 9, 2018
Hi Nicole - There are a number of collagen products on the market that contain VERISOL -- several are listed in the section that discusses the clinical evidence for treating aging skin in the answer above (https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/do-collagen-or-hyaluronic-acid-supplements-really-help-for-aging-or-wrinkled-skin/collagen-aging-skin/#verisol).

Questions pertaining to a particular CL Answer can be submitted in the comments section for that Answer, and questions about other products or topics can be submitted to the email address listed at the bottom of each CL Answer (CLAnswers@ConsumerLab.com).

Jamie16136   November 1, 2017
I think good quality collagen powder, in general, is very useful and many have witnessed beneficial results, including myself. I think as with everything striving to find it sourced from grass-fed AGA certified, a non-GMO fed stock is an excellent idea yet hard to find/verify. If a person "can" they are probably better off making their own stock from said animals to take in collagen but if not I think you can get what you need more easily from powders which would yeild quite a few pills. You may be interested in researching to hear what past employees said ( on Googles "GlassDoors") about the integrity of Vital Proteins Co. which wasn't very good.

ruth16088   October 29, 2017
I am 71 and have been taking hydrolyzed collagen for about a year. It is one of the best supplements ever. I had hip replacement, have some arthritis and this is like magic In Keeping me pain free. Also great for skin hydration. No longer need to cream my body each day.

Mary17222   October 7, 2018
Hello Ruth16088, what brand are you using and what dosage are you taking? I like your comment about Hydrolyzed collagen. I would like to try it too! You must feel fantastic :)

J. M.17234   October 10, 2018
Ruth, I, too, would like to know what collagen you are taking for your good results.
Please let us know. Thx, Judith

Janice14000   May 8, 2017
I have been taking collagen powder from Vital Proteins since March and find it to be very helpful in reducing my low back pain. (I had a compression fracture 5 years ago). The pain was daily and debilitating after being on my feet for four hours. I am 76 yeas old and very active.

This CL Answer initially posted on 4/19/2017. Last updated 10/9/2018.

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