What are the causes of collagen reduction?

What are the causes of collagen reduction?


Collagen provides our skin with the support it needs to stay firm, smooth and strong. When collagen is depleted our skin can loses volume and structure, leaving us with lines and wrinkles. There are a range of causes, but the good news is there are also options to stimulate collagen production!

Sun exposure:

UV exposure causes pigmentation, and it only takes 5-7 minutes of exposure to stimulate Collagenase, an enzyme that destroys collagen, which results in sun damaged skin. A little sun exposure and a dose of Vitamin D can be good for us, but always remember to wear sunscreen. This will help protect your skin against environmental damage and ensure your skin looks its best in the future.

Tanning booths and sunbeds:

That’s right, that perfect tan you’re looking for is also seriously harming your skin. Intense exposure to UV light penetrates the skin much deeper than the sun so you’re doing far more damage and in fact speeding up the damage and ageing process. Step away from the sunbed!


Not only is smoking seriously bad for your health – it also speeds up the ageing process by negatively impacting your collagen production, causing premature signs of lines and wrinkles. So, kick that habit for the sake of your health and your skin.


Well, it’s not the birthdays fault – but as we age our collagen product starts to slow down and usually tapers off from around 35.

As we age our oestrogen declines, which decreases our collagen production. Continued collagen loss leads to lines, wrinkles and sagging.

But not too worry, we have a range of advanced treatments to increase collagen production; Microneedling and Fractional CO2 Laser are great options for treating damaged skin by correcting tone, firmness and texture while also reducing fine lines and wrinkles.