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Four Natural Treatments for Boosting Your Skin's Collagen Production

By: Rachel Day, M.D.


Do you know why so many over-the-counter creams and serums contain collagen as an anti-aging ingredient? This essential protein provides strength and elasticity to our skin while reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles.

Our bodies make collagen naturally, but production slows down as we approach our 30s. This is where OneSkin Dermatology comes in – our team can help you achieve youthful, glowing skin designed to ramp up collagen.

Below, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Day describes four natural treatment options at our clinic, including microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Laser Genesis, red light therapy, and low-energy laser resurfacing in Chambersburg, PA.

1. Microneedling with PRP

Microneedling involves creating tiny superficial punctures in the outermost layer of skin. This process jumpstarts natural healing and eventually leads to collagen and elastin production.

Microneedling (collagen induction therapy) can be done with or without platelet-rich plasma. PRP is derived from our blood and contains a high concentration of growth factors that can result in younger-looking skin. Patients can expect an improvement in skin tone and texture after just one treatment with PRP, and additional sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results.

2. Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis is a popular, non-ablative laser that gently heats the dermis and epidermis layers of skin. This prompts collagen production and leads to an improved appearance of fine lines as well as hyperpigmentation and dark spots.

Laser Genesis is sometimes referred to as a "lunchtime treatment" because little downtime is required afterward. Patients may experience some redness that resolves within a few hours. Dr. Day recommends a series of three laser sessions spaced out 4 – 6 weeks apart for the best outcomes possible. We create custom plans based on your anti-aging concerns.

3. Red light therapy

Red light therapy (RLT) is an emerging treatment that shows promise in reducing signs of aging and damaged skin. It involves using a low wavelength red light to stimulate collagen production, increase blood circulation, and promote tissue repair. Studies also show that red light therapy may reduce inflammation.

OneSkin Dermatology is proud to offer such a gentle and effective treatment in Chambersburg, PA. RLT can be used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with other procedures as needed. Best of all, people with all skin types can benefit from red light therapy.

4. Low-energy laser resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing uses pulsating beams of energy to remove dead or damaged skin cells while boosting collagen production. OneSkin Dermatology offers low-energy laser resurfacing for patients with wrinkles, pigmentation issues, rough skin texture, and acne scars that haven't responded to other therapies.

Dr. Day can adjust the laser settings to accommodate your unique needs. Lighter treatments are best for those with mild signs of aging, while deeper treatments may be necessary for more severe damage. Recovery varies based on the depth of the treatment, but we recommend avoiding direct sunlight and using gentle skin care products.

Achieve younger skin naturally

A decline in collagen production is just one piece of the puzzle – genetics, sun damage, and inflammation all play a role in skin health. Now, empowered aging is possible with the help of a board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Rachel Day can explain each of the above treatments in more detail during a consultation at OneSkin Dermatology. Call now for an appointment in Chambersburg, PA, and learn about the latest anti-aging tools and technologies in the industry.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.