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The Importance Of Collagen To Human

Qufu Focuschem Trading Co.,Ltd | Updated: Oct 14, 2016

    Human skin contains 14 types of collagen, but 80 percent of that is type I collagen and 15 percent is type III. Collagen type I supports skin strength, while type III involves maintaining elasticity. After a scrape or cut of the skin, the body produces collagen to reconnect skin tissues and help heal the injury. When collagen breaks down due to aging or disease, the skin can thin, dry out, wrinkle and become fragile. This leaves the skin more susceptible to injury. Some diseases can also interfere with or attack collagen in the skin and other tissues, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma.

    Skin aging is characterized by fine lines, laxity and pigment issues. These age marks are in part due to deficiencies and breakdown of collagen related to skin damage, age or disease. Excessive exposure to the sun or indoor tanning can accelerate or exacerbate these signs of aging. Various treatments to attempt to produce collagen include creams, injections and laser skin treatments. After skin treatments, collagen levels can mildly increase, helping the body repair skin damage. The treatments do not add collagen to the body; most simply prompt the body to begin creating or increasing collagen levels in the skin. These treatments have not been shown to help in other areas of the body deficient in collagen.