The collagen peptides saved my skin (literally).
I never thought that I had dirty skin. I struggled with some imperfections here and there, but nothing major. When I came to college, I switched from pill to non-hormonal contraception and found that my skin was actually a horrible joke for all those years. I started noticing a few extra eruptions here and there, but then it started to cause redness on the cheeks, an uneven skin tone and even the horrible return of acne on the back.
Fortunately, my older sister suggested a suggestion: collagen peptides.
Let me start by saying that my sister and I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which disrupts your hormones. We both fight skin problems, weight gain and body pain.
My sister was on the road to repairing her health before me and always pushed me to follow the same path. I finally got on board when I came back from school for the summer, and collagen peptide quickly became my favorite and easiest part of my new skin care routine.
So, what is it and how do you use it?
Collagen peptides have higher amino acid levels than other skin care products and soluble powders, which means that they are especially capable of strengthening our joints and our bones. – as well as improve your hair, skin and nails.
Two spoons of powder are enough. I pour the powder into my iced tea in the morning and then finish. Unlike other powders and products, this one was actually tasteless, but it looks really disgusting if you do not mix it all up. Finding it was not difficult at all because any supplement shop would have it in stock, but it's a bit pricey and does not last very long.
Nevertheless, it's worth it. I immediately noticed improvements in my complexion (and throughout my body).
After a week:
I noticed that my nails were stronger and less yellow, which has always been my problem.
After two weeks:
When I went to do my weekly mask, I noticed that my skin was lightening. I was less stained and had fewer flare-ups. The only place where I was bursting was where my arms were wearing glasses on my face, but that will probably still be a problem for me.
After three weeks:
My back has started to lighten! I had just tattooed my back and had very bad eruptions, but even those thinned. I was more than happy to be able to show my tattoo and not have a flashback in college where my back looked like a pizza.
The picture on the left shows me a week before I start the new skin care regimen. The photo on the right was taken after two and a half weeks of taking collagen.
A month later:
After a month and a jar full of collagen peptides, my skin is clearer than ever. I feel comfortable in public naked and I am not aware of my tattoo. As a bonus, my nails became so long that my father was shocked when I told him that they were real, not acrylic.
Collagen peptides are really the best natural product against acne that I've used with the best results, and I will definitely stick with that.
Josie Fuller is a writer who studies journalism and feminist studies at the University of Florida. She writes about pop culture, news and current affairs.