At age 80, your skin will have four times more “broken” collagen than you had in your twenties.
This is due to a vicious circle: as you age, natural enzymes break down collagen, which causes collapsing support fibroblasts, which then results in the release of enzymes additional. This results in sagging and wrinkles that many treatments and products try to prevent and reverse.
According to a research team from the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan, these signs of aging are not necessarily inevitable.
They say it depends on using the right treatment, and by reviewing dozens of studies, they’ve identified three that can successfully treat this unfortunate collagen regimen.
Laser resurfacing with carbon dioxide is included in the list because it damages the dermis so as to promote the production of new collagen.
Crosslinked hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, also obtain the seal of certification from experts, because they allow fibroblasts to stretch as they would naturally in younger years, which encourages the formation of new collagen and prevents its collapse.
Finally, vitamin A in the form of retinol and retinoid-based treatments has been found to smooth wrinkles and roughness by stimulating the production of collagen.
The cost and downtime of each of these treatments varies. Therefore, depending on your personal limits, one of these options may be suitable for you. Discuss the pros and cons with your dermatologist.