The Ultimate Guide to Restoring and Rebuilding Collagen

Hi My beauties! 

I'm thrilled to dive into the world of collagen restoration today. Understanding collagen and its rejuvenating powers is crucial for maintaining youthful, radiant skin. Today, we’re going to be focussing on all things collagen BOOSTING! 


Last week, we discussed everything that could be damaging your collagen – make sure to check out that post and video if you haven’t.

Watch the corresponding YouTube video for a deeper dive on collagen production and collagen boosting. 

Understanding Collagen: The Building Block of Youth

Let's start with the basics: What exactly is collagen? Think of it as the scaffolding that supports our skin, keeping it firm, supple, and youthful. Collagen isn't just found in our skin; it's also present in various tissues throughout our bodies, including cartilage, ligaments, and muscles.

As a dermatologist, my focus primarily lies in collagen's role in skin health, so that's where our focus will be today. 

Collagen is a complex protein made up of triple helix structures, primarily consisting of proline, hydroxyproline, and glycine. It's synthesized by fibroblast cells within the skin, starting with the formation of procollagen. 

Once procollagen is formed, it's transported outside the cell and undergoes further processing to become tropocollagen, which eventually forms collagen fibrils and then fibers—the building blocks of our skin's structural support.

Collagen Myths 

Now, let's tackle some common myths surrounding collagen:

Myth #1: "I'm too old to stimulate collagen." 

False! It's never too late to kickstart collagen production and rejuvenate your skin, no matter your age. Our skin is remarkably responsive and can undergo significant transformations with the right care and treatments.

Myth #2: "Collagen supplements don't work." 

This couldn't be further from the truth. While there's controversy surrounding collagen supplements, anecdotal evidence and clinical observations suggest otherwise. When used alongside collagen-boosting treatments like laser resurfacing or medical-grade skincare products, collagen supplements can yield impressive results.

Myth #3: "You have to take collagen with vitamin C." 

While vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis, you don't necessarily need to consume it simultaneously with collagen supplements.  However, ensuring an adequate intake of vitamin C through diet or skincare products can support overall skin health.

Myth #4: "Liquid collagen peptides are superior to powders." 

Contrary to popular belief, powdered collagen supplements offer better bioavailability and efficacy compared to liquid forms. Studies have shown that hydrolyzed collagen peptides in powder form are more efficiently absorbed by the body, leading to better results.

Myth #5: "Marine collagen is the best option." 

While there's a plethora of collagen sources available, bovine collagen peptides have demonstrated superior effectiveness in stimulating collagen production. Opting for high-quality, hydrolyzed bovine collagen peptides can maximize your skin's rejuvenation potential.

Rebuilding Collagen

Now that we've debunked some myths, let's explore practical ways to restore and rebuild collagen:

  1. Embrace a comprehensive skincare routine: Incorporate products containing collagen-boosting ingredients like tretinoin (prescription), retinol, peptides, and antioxidants into your daily regimen.

  1. Invest in collagen-boosting treatments: Explore professional treatments such as laser therapy, microneedling, and chemical peels to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate your skin from within.

  1. Prioritize sun protection: Shield your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen daily and seeking shade during peak hours. Sun exposure accelerates collagen breakdown, leading to premature aging and skin damage.

  1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Nourish your body with a balanced diet rich in collagen-friendly nutrients like vitamin C, protein, and antioxidants. Stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and minimize stress to promote overall skin health.

  1. Consider collagen supplementation: Choose high-quality collagen peptides in powdered form and incorporate them into your daily routine. Pairing supplementation with collagen-boosting treatments can amplify results and enhance skin rejuvenation.


Prioritizing science-based skincare is a wonderful way to stimulate collagen pathways on a day to day basis. A comprehensive skincare routine would incorporate products containing collagen-boosting ingredients like retinol and antioxidants into your daily regimen to support collagen synthesis while protecting against damage.

I formulated MDAiRE with collagen production top of mind. 

Our gentle formulations specifically target the collagen production pathways in the skin. Introducing a science-based skincare routine into your collagen boosting regime can have amazing impacts on the skin. 

With MDAiRE products utilizing advanced delivery mechanism and a expertly crafted list of ingredients that work synergistically, you should see a difference within weeks of use. 


Understanding Collagen Peptides: Debunking Myths and Choosing Wisely 

Collagen peptides have sparked controversy in the skincare community, but let's separate fact from fiction. Studies suggest that hydrolyzed collagen peptides, particularly from bovine sources, are more effective in stimulating collagen synthesis due to their rich amino acid profile. 

When selecting collagen peptides, opt for hydrolyzed, metal-free, and bovine-derived options for optimal results.

Understanding how collagen peptides are absorbed and utilized by the body is crucial. After ingestion, peptides must be broken down and transported to the skin, where fibroblast cells synthesize new collagen. 

Research suggests that collagen synthesis is upregulated in response to treatments like laser therapy, leading to enhanced absorption and utilization of peptides in the skin.

My Collagen Peptide Routine

As a dermatologist committed to evidence-based practices, I swear by Vital Proteins collagen peptides. Without any sponsorship or endorsement deals, I prioritize recommending products based on their efficacy and safety. 

My daily routine includes one scoop of collagen peptides mixed with beverages like green tea, ensuring a consistent supply of key amino acids for collagen synthesis.

Navigating At-Home Skincare & Devices for Collagen Boosting 

Incorporating collagen-boosting skincare products into your routine can complement peptide supplementation. 

Retinol, peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid are key ingredients known for promoting collagen synthesis and skin rejuvenation. 

However, be cautious with at-home devices, as they may not always deliver promised results and could potentially cause adverse effects like hyperpigmentation.


In-Office Treatments for Collagen Rejuvenation 

Professional treatments offer advanced solutions for collagen synthesis and skin tightening. Thermage, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and PDO threads are among the options available. 

These treatments stimulate fibroblast cells to produce collagen, resulting in firmer, more youthful-looking skin.

You may have heard that microneedling is good for collagen stimulation. While this may be true, due to many other factors, microneedling is not my treatment of choice. 

Collagen Banking: Proactive Strategies for Youthful Skin 

Collagen banking, achieved through treatments like Thermage, is a proactive approach to maintaining youthful skin. By increasing collagen stores early on, individuals can slow down the aging process and prevent sagging skin. 

Professional treatments, when combined with a consistent skincare routine can provide long-lasting results.

Self-Care and Dietary Tips for Collagen Maintenance 

  • A balanced diet rich in antioxidants, green leafy vegetables, and low-glycemic index foods supports collagen synthesis and protects against oxidative stress. 

  • Prioritize sun protection and avoid dairy products containing hormones, which can affect collagen function.

I hope you loved today’s deep dive on collagen boosting options! If you haven’t already, check out the corresponding YouTube video. 

As always, remember that skincare is a personal journey. By understanding the science behind collagen, embracing effective skincare practices, and exploring professional treatments, you can unlock the secret to beautiful healthy skin. 

Let's continue to prioritize individualized approaches to self-care, education, and evidence-based solutions as we work to be as healthy and beautiful as we can. 


If you’re looking for an MDAiRE product to help support collagen production that can help anti aging, youthful glow, and hydration, check out our products HERE. Remember in my Youtube video I explain how several of our products are collagen boosting and supporting. 


Stay tuned for more skincare insights, tips, and personal advice in my upcoming blog posts. Until then, keep nourishing your skin and embracing the journey to healthy beauty!

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