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Can You Reduce Collagen Production?

author image Sarah Barnes
Sarah Barnes has been a professional writer and editor since 2004. She has been published in newspapers and regional magazines in the Wichita, Kansas area. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from a Midwestern university.
Can You Reduce Collagen Production?
Some scars can be helped by techniques to reduce collagen buildup. Photo Credit Valentin Casarsa/Photodisc/Getty Images

Collagen is a protein in the connective tissues of your body that helps hold your skin together and keep it elastic. Normally, the presence of collagen in your skin is a good thing; it helps prevent the signs of aging, and many anti-aging products contain collagen as a main ingredient. But excess amounts of collagen in certain areas can create unsightly stretch marks or scars after the skin is stretched or injured. Although there isn't a way to reduce the amount of collagen your body produces naturally, you can take steps to decrease collagen buildup.

Step 1

Limit your use of skin care products that contain collagen. Many facial creams, body lotions and anti-aging products list collagen as a skin-firming ingredient.

Step 2

Perform massage on the areas in which collagen buildup has occurred. Apply collagen-free lotion to your hands and rub fingers over the length of the affected area in small circles. Massage is most effective on new scars that have finished scabbing; it is less effective on older scars and stretch marks.

Step 3

See your doctor or dermatologist if you have severe burns or scars that don't respond to self-massage. An ointment containing collagenase, which breaks down collagen, is available by prescription for severe burns or dermal ulcers.

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