Cellulite affects approximately 85% of women and its appearance is often notably skin dimpling. Some refer to it as having an orange peel texture. Regardless of what it is referred to, generally, women want to get rid of it. Now, there is hope.
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food March 2016, found that specific collagen peptides improved the appearance of cellulite by helping restore the normal structure of the dermal and subcutaneous tissue (these are the two layers below the epidermis – the skin’s surface).
Research in this study suggests that hydrolysed collagen’s bioavailability is improved when ingested, giving it an advantage over topical creams. So it seems collagen capsules may be the answer to lessening the appearance of cellulite.
In this double-blind, placebo-controlled study lead by Schunck, 105 women between 24–50 years of age received a daily dose of 2.5 g of Verisol collagen peptides or a placebo.
Not only were improvements seen after 3 months, but after 6 months of treatment, significant improvement was observed by participants taking collagen capsules (11.1%).
Schunck noted “With regard to the mode of action, it could be speculated that the efficacy of Bioactive Collagen Peptides (BCP) on cellulite treatment is based on its positive impact on dermal connective tissue synthesis.”
Therefore, collagen peptides help connective tissue below the skins surface form correctly.
Previous research lead by Proksch and published in Skin Pharmacology & Physiology has also suggested that the creation of fibrillin (the main component of elastic skin fibres) is affected by ingesting collagen.
Researchers found the increased production of the fibre matrix molecules resulted in the reduction of eye wrinkle deepness by 20% compared to the placebo group.
Schunck et al speculated that this could also explain the improvement in skin waviness in cellulite-prone skin observed in this study.