Collagen Aging and Treatments

About Collagen

Collagen is one of the most numerous proteins in the body.  There are at least 16types but type I, II, and III are the most common.   When in it’s final form it is made up of 3 strands that are twisted together in what is called a triple helix. Collagen is found in skin, bones, and connective tissue and is an essential protein that lends support to the skin and gives it strength and structure.  In the skin It is found in the extracellular matrix and the dermis.  In the dermis it makes up a fibrous network that also helps new cells grow.

Aging

As we age collagen production naturally declines.  This can start around the age of 40 and increases after menopause.  Sun exposure, smoking, and a high sugar diet can also cause damage. This breakdown combined with decreased production leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Treatments

There are many medical uses of Collagen.  It can be used as a filler to get rid of wrinkles or scars, especially scars caused by acne.  It can also be used in wound dressing to help attract new skin cells to promote healing. Another use is in skin care products.  Many skin care products contain collagen, but it is very large and it is unlikely to penetrate into the skin.  However there are several ingredients that can be put into skin care products that can penetrate into the skin and increase its production.  These include Vitamin A and C, various peptides including Alpha Palmitoyl Peptide-21 (found in Vital 3 Derm) and several other ingredients.  There are also many natural ingredients that can help increase production including the extract from the sap of the Commiphora Mukul tree.  Increasing the production is a great first step to more youthful looking skin, but there is also a need to protect the healthy collagen from breakdown.  This is where Rejuvicol comes in.  Rejuvicol protects collagen from breaking down and allows it to remain healthy longer.