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Collagen 101: Misconceptions and Myths


Author: Mary Lee Amerian M.D.Dermatologist

“Collagen 101: Misconceptions and Myths: Mary Lee Amerian M.D., Dermatologist

Collagen is found throughout the body, and it is one of the secrets to beautiful skin

What you may not be aware of is that you may have been misled about collagen and collagen supplements.

Collagen is one of those buzzwords that is often heard but not fully understood. Today we’ll help you discover the common misconceptions about collagen.

MYTH #1: You cannot restore your body’s own collagen

THE TRUTH – You can boost collagen with active ingredients found in creams and lotions and by having laser and other similar types of skin treatments
Your body does not stop producing collagen as we age. Rather, it is the rate of collagen production that is reduced as we age. This reduced level of collagen production cannot be increased by the topical application of typical collagen creams. Instead, collagen production needs to be stimulated either with active ingredients applied to the skin or by you with lasers or other radio frequency devices.

MYTH #2: Taking collagen supplements gives you radiant skin

THE TRUTH – Taking collagen supplements will have virtually no effect on your skin
When collagen-enriched or fortified products are taken by mouth, your body will digest the collagen molecule in the stomach and use it like food instead of firming up the skin and restoring skin elasticity. Taking collagen supplements will not boost collagen levels in your skin.

MYTH #3: Marine collagen is more effective than animal collagen

THE TRUTH – There is no difference in the effectiveness of marine and animal collagen. When taken by mouth, both have virtually no effect on the skin
Marine collagen refers to collagen obtained from cold water fish. There is really no difference in the effectiveness of marine collagen and animal collagen – both are essentially completely ineffective in boosting collagen in the skin when taken by mouth.

MYTH #4: Collagen creams can penetrate the dermis layers

THE TRUTH – When applied to the skin surface, virtually none of the applied collagen will penetrate deeply into the skin
Because the collagen molecule is so large, it’s highly unlikely that collagen creams when applied topically on the surface of the skin will penetrate deeply into the dermal layers of the skin. The only ways to boost collagen in the skin are either by applying active ingredients to the skin that stimulate new collagen production or by undergoing treatment with lasers, radio frequency devices, and other medical devices.
In your quest to obtain smooth, radiant and youthful looking skin, you may have heard many people speak about the many benefits of collagen, in part due to the onslaught of ‘collagen-infused’ beauty products or ‘collagen-enriched’ drinks and food, which are readily available now. However, before you jump on the bandwagon and load up on the collagen products that claim to restore elasticity in your skin and maintain youthfulness, let’s just say there is very limited, if any, effectiveness with any of them.”

What is effective? 

THE STATE OF THE ART,  EFFECTIVE TREATMENT TO BOOST COLLAGEN IS Vivace Radio Frequency Fractional MicroNeedling For An Overall Instant Tightening And Lift

Vivace fractional RF microneedling treatment rebuilds your collagen, lifts, tightens, reduces pore size, scarring and stretch marks and also minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. No wonder it is a clear winner of the Aesthetics Everything Treatment of the Year Award for 2018 .  Right here in Michigan, Revive Medical Spa offers this cutting edge medical technology treatment. One of the first in the metro Detroit area.


Ardis Schmitt, RN RN, BSN, and CEO Of Revive Medical Spas

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