Collagen is an important protein that makes the skin healthy and shiny. The inner layer of the skin, the dermis, contains many fibers supporting the skin’s characteristics such as texture, strength, and resilience. Collagen provides the basic foundation of the skin, protecting and supporting the epidermis (the surface of the skin) and also prevents the epidermis from collapsing in or on the muscles and bones underneath. 

As people age, the body naturally produces less collagen, resulting in aging, sagging skin. Collagen production naturally diminishes approximately one percent per year. Without additional intake of collagen, this inevitably contributes to the development of wrinkles and a reduction of the skin’s elasticity. 

Other factors that may reduce collagen are the sun, stress, poor hydration, and a poor diet.  

Acne scars can also arise from the decline of collagen. According to Tina Alyster, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center, Acne scars are typically indented because of collagen loss from intense inflammation. Also, Acne.org states that Latinos experience a higher occurrence of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

It's never too late to add supplements to boost collagen! Natura-Genics® Collagen+™ is a blend of hydrolyzed chicken collagen, vitamin C, and citrus bioflavonoids, and l-proline. It supports the skin and is important for the body’s natural range of movements. 

Work cited: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881.php http://www.rxforbrownskin.com/top-hispanic-skin-concerns.php
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