If you’ve ever had a scar, chances are you’ve tried everything under the sun to get rid of it. From fancy creams to essential oils and even resorting to praying for a miracle, dealing with scars can be frustrating. One option many people explore is using collagen in hopes that it will reduce the appearance of their scars. So let’s dive into whether or not collagen is worth adding to your scar-fighting arsenal.
What is collagen?
To understand how collagen can help with scars, we first need to know what exactly it is. Put simply, collagen is a protein that serves as one of the building blocks for our skin’s structure [^1]. It’s responsible for keeping our skin elastic and firm while also playing an important role in wound healing.
Did you know? Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but as we age, that production slows down which contributes to wrinkles and sagging skin [^2].
How do scars form?
Before we dive into how collagen affects scarring, let’s have a quick rundown on how scars form in the first place. When your skin experiences trauma (say from cutting yourself while cooking or falling off your bike), it creates inflammation which leads to an increase in blood flow [^3].
Your body then sends special cells called fibroblasts (not like blast from Mario Brothers). These little guys release proteins like elastin (different than stringy cheese) and -you guessed it- COLLAGEN – into the injured area as part of your body’s natural healing process.
Over time those fibers then strengthen creating ta-da, scar tissue!
While this all may sound great (hello intercessory fibroblast!), Too much of anything isn’t always positive; having too much fibrant tissue in the injured area can lead to raised or bumpy scars. Now let’s see how collagen plays into this beautifully orchestrated healing symphony.
Does using collagen actually help with scarring?
You’ll be happy to know that the answer is likely, yes! A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) conducted on patients who underwent a cardiac surgical procedure found that applying collagen dressing to incision sites significantly minimized skin scarring and improved overall appearance [^4].
Did you know? There are several types of collagen, each playing a different role in our body [^2]. The most common type being types I – IV.
The key here is not just any ole’ substance containing collagen will get rid of scars. Rather, it must have bioactive properties like peptides- short-chain amino acids shown to stimulate collagen production- which promotes healthy skin growth while breaking down fibrous tissue build-up at an injury site (whatever peptiation means) [^5][^6].
Another option people explore is ingesting supplements as they contain hydrolyzed proteins which helps absorb better when digested than normal protein bars due to its smaller molecular structure (think baby food-like texture). While there’s less research done via oral supplementation almost more highly regarded over topical solutions.
What about topical application?
Using products containing peptide-infused collagen topically, such as creams or ointments might also do wonders for scarred skin;however,studies suggest it may take at least three months before noticeable changes occur[^7].
It’s important though always research your ingredients since many skincare products claim calming benefits without any supporting data what so ever!
Other ways collagen improves skin health
While primarily known for helping with aging-related concerns like wrinkles and fine lines, think retinol cream or injectable fillers, collagen has benefits beyond limiting signs of age. These can include [^8]:
- Improved Hydration– Skin cells rely heavily on water to function effectively, the more readily available cells have access to moisture from deep within themselves.
- Reducing dark circles – A bit like a magic serum for under-eye bags…kinda.Fatigue or lack of sleep especially combine Glycine and Proline – which both components present in collagen peptides
- Non-surgical Firmness: Injections with collagen are less intrusive than going under the knife. Lucky for us not needles needed as products help smooth skin on and off.
Any special post-care instructions?
Application methods may vary depending on whether applying topically versus oral use; however keeping skin moisturized is key across the board!
It’s important also when adding any new product to your skincare routine just because it seems perfect doesn’t stop at face value; test out in small patches first before slathering all over broad areas a la bad wedding spray tans..
If ingesting supplements ensure using an established well-known company reputable ingredients!.
While specific claims regarding fixed scarring periods or reducing appearance 100% still up for perusal depending on several factors like severity location etc., daily decreasing fibrous tissue build-up corresponding healing will take its course…just quicker!
Out focus should be treating our body inside-out because happy proteins (even if synthetic) make happy scars! Take care of yourself after injury 🙂
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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