The Role of Collagen in Your Skin

The Role of Collagen in Your Skin

Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? Your skin is essential to your overall well-being, so keeping it healthy and glowing is of utmost importance for your overall wellness and a vibrant appearance.

One of the key ingredients that keeps your skin looking fantastic and functioning well is collagen. As you age, collagen stops working as effectively as it should, and starting a skincare routine that replaces it is of high importance.

Understand more from Joseph Fodero, MD, PA, of Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, New Jersey, about the role collagen plays in your skin and what you can do to maintain high levels of it.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that comprises one third of your body’s proteins and is especially present in your skin. It forms thin, long fibrils in the demis, which is the middle layer in the three layers that make up your skin.

Collagen forms up to 80% of your skin, making it the most abundant protein in your skin.

How does collagen help my skin?

Your body’s production of collagen is critical to the healthy appearance and operation of your skin. It’s flexible, strong, and gives your skin the elasticity and strength it needs to protect your organs.

When your production of collagen is at healthy levels, your skin tends to look better and healthier. It’s less prone to fine lines and wrinkles than when your collagen production drops.

When does collagen production start to need help?

The collagen levels your body produces start to drop as you age, beginning at around 30 years old. Your natural levels decrease especially after age 60, and in women, after going through menopause.

Signs your natural collagen production has dropped, and your body might need help bringing levels back up to when you were younger, include:

Gastrointestinal problems can also indicate low levels of collagen, as collagen lines your digestive tract. Reduced collagen production can thin that lining.

Skincare treatments that support collagen

Luckily, it’s possible to replace lower collagen levels or stimulate collagen production caused by aging or medication issues. At Northeastern Plastic Surgery, our skilled aesthetician Jessica Harrison develops a skincare plan that brings your collagen levels back to what they were when you were in your 20s.

Our skincare products available at Northeastern Plastic Surgery are scientifically proven treatments with superior ingredient levels that aren’t available over the counter. Your personally recommended products reduce a number of skin issues caused by lower collagen by improving skin elasticity and texture, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, and fading sun spots and skin discoloration.

Our team also offers microneedling, a skincare service that simulates your body’s ability to produce collagen. Microneedling is a safe, effective nonsurgical procedure that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scarring, fine lines, and stretch marks.

It’s time to take control of your skin health and make your face look more beautiful than ever. To increase your collagen levels and for other skincare services, contact Northeastern Plastic Surgery over the phone or online to book your appointment.

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