Beauty Counter MD

Chicken Soup for the … Skin?

Bone broth and ingestible collagen supplements are all the rage these days, with manufacturers and fans alike claiming that they can restore the building blocks of healthy skin from the inside out, but is this even possible? 

Michael T. Somenek, MD, a Washington, DC-based facial plastic surgeon weighs in: There has been a large increase in the amount of products that contain collagen within them. The idea behind them is that by drinking or eating them that they are helping restore lost collagen to the skin.

From a scientific standpoint, it is safe to say that the collagen is not getting directly to the skin. Collagen is broken down into amino acids in the gastrointestinal tract after it is ingested. This makes it very unlikely that whole collagen is making it to the skin. Additionally, these supplements are not well regulated, so the companies can claim many benefits that aren't substantiated in the scientific literature.

The only potential impact of ingesting collagen is that the essential amino acids that are the building blocks for collagen may indirectly provide some benefit to the skin. However, we know that when amino acids are distributed throughout the body, the skin is lower on the priority list when compared to major muscles, like the heart and brain.

I would much rather recommend medical cosmeceuticals when looking to boost and protect collagen. Using daily sunscreens and antioxidants will protect collagen from getting damaged, while retinols can up-regulate the formation of collagen. These are the types of products where scientific research exists, and we can make claims that are substantiated.


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