Can collagen help acne scarring?

Amy Nicholson | June 03, 2021 | 2 min read

So you’ve battled acne and come out on top, it may feel like the battle has been won. But whilst the blemishes have subsided, you find that you’re left with pitted scars, pigmentation and an all round uneven skin tone - leaving you begging the question “when will this skincare nightmare be over?” 

Then there’s collagen. The celebrity favourite beauty ingredient known for its glow-inducing properties. Aside from its reputation as the elixir of youth, it turns out it also has magical abilities when it comes to helping those suffering from the visible long-term effects of acne... like scarring. 

Here, we delve into what acne scarring actually is and uncover the science behind how collagen can help your complexion rediscover its outer smoothness. 

What is acne scarring? 

Speaking generally, acne scarring is the term used to refer to a whole host of different marks that acne can leave behind. 

“Acne scars come in different forms, including rolling, boxcar and ice-pick scars,” Pamela Marshal, clinical aesthetician explains to Harper’s Bazaar. 

Rolling scars 

These vary in depth and have sloping edges that make the skin appear wavy and uneven. 

Boxcar scars 

These usually appear on the lower cheeks and jaw, where the skin is relatively thick. They’re broad in appearance and have sharply defined edges. 

Ice pick scars 

These are smaller, narrow indentations, usually found on the cheeks. 

Can acne scarring fade on its own?

Acne scars will not go away entirely on their own. Some hyperpigmentation may lighten in appearance on its own over several months, but it would take years to go away without treatment for some.  

In fact, some types of scars, also known as ‘depressed scars’ can get worse in appearance as the skin starts to use lose collagen, which naturally happens at the rate of 1.7% every year over the age of 25

So, if you suffer from acne scarring, unless you increase your collagen levels through supplementation or professional treatments such as microneedling, radio frequency or resurfacing procedures,  it’s possible they could get worse. 

But it’s not all bad news… 

How can collagen help with acne scarring? 

Well, acne scars are permanent indentations caused by a damage to the collagen within your skin. The bacteria that causes the acne in the first place can damage your skin tissue, weakening the structure of the cells in the lower layers of the skin. 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and it plays an important role in any wound healing process. Acne scars are permanent indentations caused by the damage of the collagen in the lower layers of the skin. Cystic acne, considered the most severe form, is caused by an infection that occurs in the deepest layer of your skin, it destroys your skin and fat cells around the infected area, which results in the deepest form of acne scars. 

Once your acne heals, it takes a few weeks for a scar to form. New blood vessels move into the area and provide the skin with the much needed nourishment it needs to heal.  

Now here’s where collagen comes in...  

A few months later collagen starts to form in the injured areas of the skin (where the scarring is) and fills it with fresh, new skin, replacing its lost volume and making your skin appear smoother. 

Adding a supplement into your daily routine helps to speed up this process, encouraging your skin to heal quicker and rebooting your skin’s healing process. The results? Smoother, more hydrated-looking skin with significantly fewer scars. 

How do I go about choosing the right collagen supplement? 

When choosing a collagen supplement, you want to make sure that has clinically proven results. 

Here’s why you should give our Dewty Daily Collagen Drink a try: 

🍑 We use VERISOL®  collagen. A well-established bovine collagen that has been clinically proven to work 

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🍑 We have over 200 reviews (and counting) of real customers who have seen incredible results. Read them here 

🍑 We offer a subscription service which means you can get your collagen delivered straight to your door every month (meaning you never have to worry about running out) 

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