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A 45-year-old female asked:

is there any anti aging benefits from taking either collagen and or hylauronic acid pills?

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Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Nope: The body can make those things with adequate protien and vitamin C. Injections at the site of wrinkles can improve your skins appearance, but this is temporary. The est way to keep you skin looking healthy is to stay protected from the sun with a hat and sunscreen, with both UVA and UVB protection and to maintain a healthy diet rich in whole foods, low in satuated, fats, and exercise regularly.
Dr. Michael Yap
Nephrology and Dialysis 14 years experience
Probably not: For the vast majority of homeopathic and naturopathic medications, there is little to no reliable evidence to support claims of their use. Some of the better non-pharmacological ways to potentially deter premature skin aging (I assume you're referring to skin in your question) are avoidance of smoking and limiting sun exposure. Use of sunblock when exposed is also good practice. Hope this helps.

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Is there any collagen in anti-aging cream?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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What the manufact. ?: Anti aging creams contain different things. The absorption through the skin limits the use of some. Creams with hyaluronic acid or hyaluronidase in theory could be the best ( injectables definitively are effective for several months and are available like restylane, (dermal fillers) juvederm and others. In liquid form "pro-collagen" is metabolized into collagen and help against wrinkling. Vit. E needs p.O.
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If you want to use any topical collagen cream, you have to apply it along with micro needling to penetrate into the skin, otherwise it doesn't work, and of course injectable collagen as a tissue filler is very effective as well.
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A 19-year-old male asked:

What the benefit of collagen?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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See below: Collagen is used as a filler in creases of the skin. It can also be used as an artificial padding under boney areas.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

What are the most frequent symptoms of colegen disease?Is it true that it's heriditary?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
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Many symptoms: There are many different types of collagen diseases. In general these are autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, systemic sclerosis. There really is in one specific symptom that fits all diseases except possibly generalized pain and tiredness. If you have specific questions, you should see your family practice physician.
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What kind of laboratories or the name of the test to know if there any collagen disease?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Many: There are many, many tests for different collagen vascular diseases. It all depends on your symptoms, the suspicion, and your other laboratory values. The specific tests ordered for collagen vascular diseases can then be tailored to that.
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What is the definition or description of: collagen?

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Dr. Dennis Dass
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Get your Vitamin C: Collagen is a component of extracellular tissue, which is found throughout the body. Collagen is a proten important for tissue strength and tissue healing. There are several differnt subtypes of collagen, depending on where it is found. Collagen has a high content of hydroxyproline, which is dependent on vitamin c.

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