How Do You Want Your Collagen?

It’s a popular protein: Youthful bodies make it every day, you can get injections or doses of focused energy to stimulate new production of it in the skin (as with laser skin resurfacing at the Los Angeles area’s Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills), and now you can even drink it as a supplement.

It’s collagen. Bottom’s up!

While you could be saying cheers over clinking glasses filled to the brim with collagen-packed fluid, you may also be asking whether a swig of the stuff will do your skin any good.

The short answer?

Possibly.

Collagen is valuable to the human body because it is both flexible and strong, making it an ideal component in any part that needs to allow range of motion while holding its shape. In the skin, it serves as a framework for facial contours and more, as well as a support system for moisture-loving hyaluronic acid molecules. In other words, you want it around.

The down side to collagen is that it breaks down, and aging bodies begin to flag when it comes to replacing it. Eventually, collagen loss leads to shifting facial contours and contributes to the formation of wrinkles.

Anyone hoping to smooth out their skin by cracking open a cold one of collagen should know that there’s very little peer-reviewed evidence supporting the protein’s ability to create a younger look within weeks of drinking it down. That said, hydrolyzed collagen—a powdered form of bone and cartilage that’s been run through a rigorous refining process—is known to positively impact blood pressure and lipid levels, have antioxidant properties, and serve to aid in repairing damaged skin when taken orally.

It’s up to you to decide whether those benefits are worth the cost of buying—and sipping—collagen drinks.

Learn more about collagen’s role in the skin—and how to encourage its growth—by calling Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills at 310.246.0495 or sending a message online.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.