The Role of Collagen in Your Skin

The Role of Collagen in Your Skin

As you get older, your skin naturally develops more wrinkles and lines. Most of us, of course, don’t like this, so we look for ways to reduce these signs of aging. 

One of the best ways to fight wrinkles and lines is with collagen, which your body produces naturally. Collagen helps keep your skin looking young and vibrant, so it stands to reason that an increase in collagen production might just result in better skin.

But why’s that the case, and how can you make the best use of collagen for your skin? At Melanie Adams Dermatology in Columbia, Maryland, we use collagen in many of the treatments we offer. Here’s what we know about the role collagen plays in your skin.

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It forms a structure to provide strength and stability in your muscles, bones, skin, and tendons. 

Collagen operates in the connective tissue of your dermis (the middle layer of skin below the epidermis) that gives strength and elasticity to your skin. This is why your skin looks healthy and vibrant and supple — because of collagen.

The problem comes in, however, when you realize that your collagen production decreases as you age. This drop in collagen production leads to the fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin that often make you look older than you feel.

How do we use collagen to help you?

So, the solution seems clear: find a way to increase the production of collagen in your trouble spots, and then watch your skin become young again. 

But simply applying collagen using a topical product won’t help you look younger. You must stimulate the production of collagen from within your body.

Chemical peels, for instance, stimulate the production of collagen by exfoliating the face with acids that produce a controlled injury. The epidermis heals in a few days as new collagen is produced and fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out.

Laser treatments are another method of driving new collagen production with a controlled injury, and treatments such as Pelleve use radiofrequency energy to heat your skin enough to stimulate new collagen production. 

With Pelleve, the new collagen causes your skin to tighten, thus reducing the appearance of your wrinkles and fine lines.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how collagen can help your skin look as youthful as possible, call our office or request an appointment online

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