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

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

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.

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 9/9/2017.

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