Video: Do Collagen Supplements Work for Wrinkles and Younger Skin?

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How to cite: Wong M. Video: Do Collagen Supplements Work for Wrinkles and Younger Skin?. Lab Muffin Beauty Science. December 20, 2017. Accessed June 2, 2023.

Supplements are one of the big new “it” categories in beauty, and collagen supplements are one of the most popular. Oral collagen supplements are supposed to be anti-aging, get rid of wrinkles and plump up skin so it looks younger. What’s the science behind them and do they really work?

I made a video on the topic! In it I talk about the way collagen supplements could theoretically work, and then break down the clinical studies on eating and drinking collagen.

The key studies I discuss are:

In vitro prolyl-hydroxyproline and measuring prolyl-hydroxyproline fragments in blood after oral consumption

Clinical trials

The best studied collagen type that I mentioned in the video (independently studied) is called Verisol – it’s in a whole bunch of supplements on Amazon.

Here’s the video! Let me know what you think, and if you’ve tried collagen supplements before?

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12 thoughts on “Video: Do Collagen Supplements Work for Wrinkles and Younger Skin?”

  1. I’ve been taking a marine collagen supplement for close to 6 months. I also take fish omega 3’s with it. I think my skin texture has improved. It’s smoother. But the real difference is my hair and nails. My hair was falling out due to menopause. And my nails were extremely brittle.

    Hormone therapy didn’t help with hair or nails. Since I started the collagen and omega 3’s, the shedding pretty much stopped. When I skipped the supplements for a couple of weeks I started shedding. It’s also growing very fast. It’s growing nearly an inch a month. Prior to the collagen it barely grew 1/4” a month.

    My nails are noticeably less brittle. They used to split and break easily. And I’d develop a lot of hang nails. Now I can grow them out beyond the tips of my fingers. And I rarely develop a hangnail.

    I really appreciate your work. The information you provide is extremely useful in understanding the truth about skincare.

  2. Michelle, I just found your blog and I am loving it! Thank you for what you do and please never stop! As a person who somewhat remembers some things from high school chemistry, I am constantly reading the labels of my beauty products and evaluating them, ingredient by ingredient. I wish more beauty bloggers/gurus/influencers/whatever we’re calling them now would focus more on reading labels and explaining the “how” and “why” behind products!

    • I’m so happy to hear this! Thanks so much for letting me know, I hope I’ll be able to continue to put out content you enjoy 😀

  3. How would eating food with lots of collagen affect your skin? I love tendon, especially in pho, and any excuse to eat more I’m all for!

  4. Hi Michelle

    The beauty clinic where I go often recommend that I should be taking EFA supplements to help my oily skin appear less oily. Have you ever seen any evidence to support this claim?

    Thanks for putting evidence based advice for skin care out there, I’ve found it really helpful 🙂

  5. The consumption of some dietary supplements may also help prevent cancer. A number of essential vitamins, including vitamins A, C and E, act as antioxidants in the body. They work to neutralize chemicals called free radicals that cause oxidative damage within your cells.


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