Cumin, Caraway, Black Cumin, And Nigella – What’s The Difference?

You may have noticed that Complete Biotin Plus contains something called black cumin seed oil. And you may have even caught my previous article on the benefits of this seed’s oil.

If you missed it – you can click here to read it now!

This may have also caused some confusion. You see, there are other different types of seeds that are similar to black cumin seeds in name and/or appearance. These include cumin seeds, caraway seeds, black cumin seeds, and nigella seeds. 

Below, I’ll go over each so you can learn a bit more about all of them, including their similarities and differences!

Let’s get started…

Cumin seeds

A first cousin to carrot and parsley, cumin seeds most resemble caraway seeds, though their name is close to black cumin seeds. Already, you can see why people get mixed up!

Cumin has been well known since ancient times, having first been cultivated in the Mediterranean and in Iran. The Romans used it as a spice and medicinal plant, while the Indians have been using it for culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. So, it’s certainly a popular seed!

Whether ground into a powder or consumed whole, the seed provides a warm and earthly taste, which is why it’s commonly added to cuisines like masalas. In addition to its taste, it has natural preservative properties, so can often be found in sausages and preserved meats. In Europe, it can be found in savory pastries and pickle jars. 

Medicinally, cumin seeds have plenty of uses. In Sanskrit, cumin means “that which helps digestion”. This is because cumin seeds stimulate appetite, the stomach, along with biliary and pancreatic secretion. Plus, it soothes spasms and removes gasses from the intestine. 

Traditional Indian medicine boils cumin seeds in water to create a drink which is believed to prevent heart disease, swelling, vomiting, poor digestion, and chronic fever.    

Many of the benefits of cumin seeds, along with its unique taste, can be attributed to the seed’s main compound called cuminaldehyde. This is an important phytochemical with many known health benefits. 

Caraway seeds

Caraway seeds look quite similar to cumin seeds, though they’re a bit darker and more curved. They also have their own distinct taste, completely separate from cumin seeds. Caraway seeds have licorice and citrus notes which makes them great for teas and dishes.

Like cumin seeds, caraway has also been used since ancient times. But today, it’s commonly used in both sweet and savory dishes such as breads, pastries, curries, and stews. It’s also sometimes infused into spirits and liqueurs too! 

But that’s not all. Caraway is also used as a supplement, both orally and topically. 

Benefits of caraway include reducing inflammation, encouraging healthy digestion, promoting weight loss, and more!

Black cumin seeds

Black cumin is known scientifically as Bunium bulbocastanum. It’s native to Northern Africa, Southeastern Europe, and Southern Asia where its plant stands about two feet tall and is topped with white flowers. 

These seeds taste like coconuts or chestnuts and are known to have many health benefits. These include being an antibacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-diabetes. 

Nigella seeds

This is where a lot of the confusion sets in most. From the Nigella sativa plant, these seeds are commonly referred to as black cumin seeds. However, as you read above, black cumin seeds are technically Bunium bulbocastanum. 

Because Nigella seeds have become so commonly known as black cumin seeds, it may actually become confusing to NOT call them black cumin seeds. 

For thousands of years, black cumin seed oil has been used medicinally to treat a wide range of conditions. In fact, black cumin seed oil is so ancient that black cumin seeds were found in King Tut’s tomb, and they even got a mention in the Old Testament as being able to cure anything but death!

With a slightly bitter taste, these seeds offer a wide range of health benefits, including digestive health, managing weight, soothing joints, and supporting healthy skin and hair.

That last point is actually why I added Nigella to Complete Biotin Plus – just another ingredient fighting for your health and beauty!

(If you want to read more details about the benefits of Nigella seeds, click here!)

And if you want to learn what else is in Complete Biotin Plus and how they can benefit YOU, click here!

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8 Skin Changes Caused By Menopause (And What You Can Do About Them)

Menopause is a normal biological process that happens to women following their last period. For most, this phase begins between ages 45 and 55. It usually lasts about seven years, but can last as long as 14 years. The duration can depend on lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, or at which age it begins.

Among other things, menopause can bring some noticeable changes to your skin that are, unfortunately, negative. This is largely due to a plummet in collagen during this stage.

However, you can lessen the effects of these changes with the right care. Below, I’ll go over eight changes you may see in your skin through menopause, along with what you can do to help! 

Whether you’re experiencing menopause, will soon, have in the past, or never will, these tips can still help you take the best care of your skin!

1. Age spots and sun damage

Years of sun exposure with little protection will start to show once menopause sets in. Age spots and larger areas of darker skin can appear anywhere on your body, including your face. At this time, skin cancer and pre-cancerous skin growths can also become more common. 

What you can do:

  • Apply sunscreen before going outdoors. This will help protect your skin from harmful UV rays when it’s at its most vulnerable. Cover anywhere that clothing won’t cover with a quality sunscreen. This can help fade age spots, prevent new spots from forming, and reduce your risk of skin cancer. 
  • Try home remedies. There are plenty of natural ingredients you can rub on age spots to help reduce their prevalence. These include lemon juice, potatoes, cucumbers, honey, and more.
  • Get screened for skin cancer. Skin cancer is typically treatable and non life threatening if caught early. Your risk increases both with age and menopause. So be sure to get checked for skin cancer regularly if possible, and check yourself for any signs. 
  • See a dermatologist. If you feel your case is worse than others or you have a separate health issue that makes your age spots and UV damage more challenging, book an appointment to see a dermatologist. They’ll be able to recommend both at-home treatments and clinical procedures that can help your skin look and be at its best. 

2. Bruising easily

Leading up to and during menopause, the body makes less hormones, including estrogen. This hormone is crucial in maintaining dermal health and offers many anti-aging characteristics. 

As such, when menopause begins and estrogen levels drop, the skin becomes thinner and more prone to bruising. 

What you can do:

  • Be careful. Avoid bumping into things by arranging furniture so it’s not in the way, reducing clutter, and removing rugs or any other items that could cause tripping.
  • Take stock of which medications you’re taking. Exposure to certain medications, such as long-term steroids or blood thinners, can make people more susceptible to bruising, so avoiding these might help. However, always consult with a physician prior to stopping any.
  • Cover up. Wear long pants and sleeves and protective clothing to help minimize bruising, especially when you think there could be a higher chance of brusing.
  • Moisturize. Moisturizing the skin can help prevent it from getting dry, which makes it more prone to breaking open.
  • Apply sunscreen when necessary. Use sunscreen with an SPF greater than 30. UV damage will only make your skin thinner. 
  • Increase collagen. Studies show that about 30% of your collagen will be lost within just the first five years of menopause. Collagen is the protein which makes your skin strong, thick, and elastic. A quality, highly absorbable collagen such as EverBella’s Complete Collagen Plus can make a huge difference. 

3. Dryness

During menopause, your skin loses some of its ability to retain water. As such, the skin can get quite dry, especially during times that are known to dry out skin, such as winter. Dry skin is more likely to crack, get bruised, and lead to infection. 

What you can do:

  • Wash with a mild cleanser instead of soap. For mature skin, soap can be too drying. And you definitely want to skip the deodorant bars.
  • Apply moisturizer after bathing and throughout the day when your skin feels dry. It’s important to take control of your skin’s moisture by using a quality product on your skin throughout the day, and especially after showering. A moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and/or glycerin can be especially helpful.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is crucial in keeping your skin well hydrated. Aim for at least eight glasses a day. 
  • Increase your collagen intake. Collagen is well known for its ability to improve the hydration of the skin. 

4. Facial hair

Due to a change in hormones, through menopause you may also notice somthing else you’ve never experienced before: facial hair. Hair under the chin, along the jawline, or above the lip are all common throughout menopause. 

What can you do:

  • Waxing. This may be the most simple option, however, as mentioned above, your skin may become thin during menopause and waxing can cause tearing, bleeding, and skin damage. As such, you may want to explore other options.
  • See your dermatologist. A board-certified dermatologist can tell you what you can use to remove unwanted hair, since they’ll be able to best determine the state of your skin and what approach will cause the least amount of harm. Some options include laser hair removal and a prescription hair-reduction cream.

5. Jowls, slack skin, and wrinkles

As mentioned previously, your skin quickly loses its collagen throughout menopause. As collagen diminishes, our skin loses its firmness and begins to sag. Jowls appear, permanent lines run from the tip of the nose to the corners of the mouth, and wrinkles that used to appear only with a smile or frown become visible all the time. 

Later, the tip of the nose dips, you may see pouches under your eyes, along with large pores. This is due to the loss of collagen which used to offer skin firmness.

What you can do:

Protect your skin from the sun. This can reduce visible wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles.

Take a collagen supplement. Your skin’s best friend is collagen. It’s literally what makes most of it up and holds it together. Maintaining healthy collagen levels is key in reducing wrinkles and sagging. 

6. Pimples and acne

Not just for teenagers anymore – with menopause you may notice an increase in pimples. This is also due to a change in hormones. 

What you can do:

Unfortunately, most acne creams on the market are designed for teenagers, and these will be too harsh. Because of this, you’ll have to look for other ways to reduce and treat any pimples that may arise.

  • Avoid acne products that dry your skin. Drying your skin can worsen acne.
  • Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which means that it might kill P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne.
  • Other home remedies. There are plenty of home remedies you can test out to see how they work for you. These include aloe vera, honey, green tea (internal or external), coconut oil, and more.
  • Stay hydrated. When the skin is dry, it can become irritated or damaged, which can make acne worse. Staying hydrated also ensures new skin cells develop correctly as sores heal.

7. Rashes and easily irritated skin

Around 50, the pH level of our skin changes. With this change, skin becomes more sensitive, and women are more likely to develop rashes and easily irritated skin. If you have an existing skin condition, such as eczema or rosacea, this could worsen.

What you can do:

  • Use a fragrance-free moisturizer. This can reduce irritation.

Taking care of your skin

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Menopause or no menopause, our collagen levels naturally deplete as we age. As you can see, this can have serious effects on the health of our skin. 

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What Is Black Cumin Seed Oil (And What Are Its Benefits?)

You may have just recently heard of black cumin oil. But this isn’t because it’s new – far from it. It’s because black cumin seed oil is making headlines for its many impressive health benefits. 

If you want to learn exactly what black cumin seed oil is and how it can benefit your health, just keep on reading! 

What is black cumin seed oil?

Black cumin seed oil – also known as black seed oil, kalonji oil, or nigella sativa oil – is an amber-colored oil extracted from tiny black seeds of the flowering Nigella sativa plant that originated in Southwest Asia and has been used throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. 

For thousands of years, black cumin seed oil has been used medicinally to treat a wide range of conditions. 

In fact, black cumin seed oil is so ancient that black cumin seeds were found in King Tut’s tomb, and they even got a mention in the Old Testament as being able to cure anything but death!

But what makes the oil of these seeds so great in the first place?

Well, for starters, it contains omega-3, -6, and -9 essential fatty acids, along with cholesterol-lowering plant compounds called phytosterols. Though, the source of its impressive benefits is often attributed to a particularly potent active compound called thymoquinone (TQ), which is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, and immune supporting properties. 

So, what kind of benefits can you expect from black cumin seed oil? Just keep reading to find out!

6 benefits of black cumin seed oil

In recent years, there have been quite a few studies done on this oil with some interesting findings. Below are the top 6 benefits to look forward to when taking black cumin seed oil.

1. Supports digestive health

Black cumin seed oil has been used for quite some time to promote overall digestive health. In fact, it’s one of its oldest traditional uses, with tinctures of the seeds being used for indigestion, bloating, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. [1

In addition, studies have found that black cumin seed oil helped prevent the formation of gastric ulcers in rats. Researchers believe that this is due to the gastroprotective effects of thymoquinone, which has been shown to inhibit acid secretion and help maintain the layer of mucus that lines and protects the gut. [2]

2. Supports the endocannabinoid system

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the body’s “master regulatory system”. The ECS comprises a vast network of chemical signals and cellular receptors that are densely packed throughout our brains and bodies. It modulates several of our most critical bodily functions such as learning and memory, emotional processing, sleep, temperature control, pain control, inflammatory and immune responses, and eating. 

Due to its phytocannabinoid content, the ECS can benefit from black cumin seed oil. Phytocannabinoids are beneficial plant compounds found in black cumin seed oil, hemp, hops, rosemary, and more. [3]

Specifically, black cumin seed oil contains a key phytocannabinoid called beta-caryophyllene (BCP). BCP binds exclusively to the CB2 cannabinoid receptor. This receptor dominates the peripheral nervous system, immune system, gut, liver, skin, and bones – so supporting it is important to maintaining optimal health in these systems. [4]

3. Promotes healthy skin and hair

Cleopatra, queen of Egypt known not just for her power, but her beauty, is said to have had a secret to her appeal – black cumin seed oil.

While it would be difficult – if not impossible – to fully prove this anecdote, thanks to modern research, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that it’s true. 

A 2015 review of studies found that black seed oil intake can significantly and positively affect acne after just two months, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. [5]

Other research has found that topical application of black seed oil speeds wound healing, which may help reduce blemishes and scarring. [6]

4. Aids in weight maintenance 

If you’re looking to lose weight, black cumin seed oil can help. It’s not a magic bullet, but it can certainly provide some assistance.

For example, one eight-week study looked at women who were following a calorie-restricted diet. They were sectioned off into two groups, with one taking a daily dose of black cumin seed oil and the other taking a placebo. By the end, the black seed oil group experienced greater reductions in weight and waist circumference. [7]

If you’re on a routine to lose weight, adding black cumin seed oil into the mix can help you see faster results.

5. Fights seasonal allergies

Allergies can sneak up on you and be incredibly annoying. Right now, the season is changing, and maybe some things either inside or outside are giving you a tough time. Well, the good news is that black cumin seed oil can help!

In one randomized, controlled study, patients with hay fever were given black cumin seed oil on a daily basis. They experienced a positive impact on nasal congestion, nasal itching, runny nose, and sneezing attacks just within the first two weeks. [8]

These results are likely due to the fact that thymoquinone acts as an antihistamine. 

6. Soothes aching joints

More and more studies keep being carried out to fully grasp the potential of black cumin seed oil. Another area that has been looked at is joint health.

In one study from 2011, women who were given a dose of black cumin seed oil twice per day experienced a positive impact on swollen joints and morning joint stiffness. [9]

A more recent study found that women who took black cumin seed oil had lower inflammatory markers – ones that typically inflamed the joints. [10]

How to get black cumin seed oil?

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As always, it’s infused with EverBella’s patented micelle liposomal formula. This means that you can be confident that you’re getting the most black cumin seed oil out of every dose! 

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The Benefits Of Collagen For Gut Health

When you think of collagen, you’re probably picturing smooth, firm, plump, and youthful skin. Or maybe it evokes the feeling of long, thick, strong hair. If you’ve been taking it for a while, it could also make you think of healthy, capable joints. 

None of these are wrong.

This is because these are all common, well-known benefits of collagen. But there is something else that collagen can help with. One you probably didn’t think of right away, or wouldn’t have thought of at all!

As the most abundant protein in the human body, the health benefits of collagen extend to our bones, joints, connective tissues, ligaments, muscles, nails, and hair. It’s the glue that holds our body together and keeps it strong, healthy, and vital. But what else is this collagen doing for us that we may not even be aware of?

Collagen and the gut

Our gut is integral in determining the state of our immune health, metabolism, skin, brain health, and overall well-being. Maintaining a healthy gut is of the utmost importance. When we neglect our gut, we leave it – and ourselves – vulnerable to pathogens, infection, inflammation, and a range of digestive issues, like leaky gut syndrome

Also known as intestinal permeability, leaky gut is a condition where the integrity of the intestinal wall has been compromised and, as a result, the immune system has been triggered. When the tight tissue of the gut wall becomes loose or “leaky”, endotoxins that are typically processed and eliminated are able to escape and be reabsorbed into the bloodstream. This triggers the immune system and causes a large influx in inflammation. 

While many things can help support a leaky gut, collagen is a great way to ensure that our digestive system functions at an optimal level and avoids this issue.

How collagen soothes, repairs, and strengthens the gut lining

Collagen doesn’t just keep the cells of your skin strong and healthy. It supports the tissue of every organ in your body, including your gut. Collagen plays an integral role in rebuilding and strengthening the lining of our digestive tract as it contains the amino acids that are essential for its repair.

Research shows that collagen peptides can actually ameliorate gut barrier dysfunction and improve its tight junctions. [1]

A 2020 animal study also found an interesting correlation between a diet rich in collagen peptides and an altered microbiota with increased short-chain fatty acid production. Given that short-chain fatty acids carry powerful anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory benefits, this is a promising new area of research. [2]

Additionally, since gut inflammation is linked to inflammation elsewhere in the body, it’s undoubtedly beneficial to include an abundance of amino acid-rich compounds – like collagen – in our diet to help keep gut inflammation and overall inflammation at bay.

Collagen aids in digestion and nutrient absorption

When we experience digestive issues such as leaky gut, we are also at risk of impaired nutrient absorption as nutrients that would otherwise be properly absorbed in a healthy gut are instead able to escape through the intestinal lining. Since collagen can help support the integrity of the gut wall, it can mitigate the loss of nutrients from impaired gut function. 

Collagen synthesis 

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As we age, our body’s ability to naturally produce collagen declines, so we must ensure we consume enough of the amino acids required to build, store, and synthesize collagen. But if you’re experiencing stomach issues, you may not be able to even properly bring in the amino acids that have the power to rebuild your gut’s health.

The good news is that EverBella’s Micelle Liposomal Complete Collagen Plus is designed to bypass these troubles, getting delivered directly to the bloodstream so that it can get to where it’s needed most in your body. Whether that’s the gut, your skin, or your joints, you can feel confident that you’re getting a full and pure dose of collagen with Complete Collagen Plus.

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References:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28174772/
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464620305028 

Can You Get Too Much Biotin?

If you’re like me, you’ve been taking Complete Biotin Plus every day and reaping the benefits. Thick, split-end free hair, unbreakable nails, increased energy, and more. But you may have noticed that my formula has 1750 mcg of biotin in it. While this may seem high, if you check most other store-bought biotin supplements, you’ll notice they have FAR more – some of them up to 10,000 mcg!

For those store brand supplements, they jack up the dose so high because they know that hardly any of it will get absorbed. So, they heavily increase the amount, hoping that your body will take in at least some of it.  

For EverBella, we’ve increased ours from the recommended daily intake (RDI) so that you can have biotin in your system at ALL times. That’s the best way to get its full benefits. And, the RDI is really only the amount to avoid a deficiency. If you get 100% of your RDI every day, you’re really just toeing the line. 

But still, even with all of this being said, you still may wonder if you can take too much biotin. Is there such a thing as a biotin overdose or biotin toxicity? 

Keep reading to find out! We’re going to cover these questions, as well as a few basics of biotin just as a refresher. 

What is biotin?

Biotin (or vitamin B7) is one of the many water-soluble B-vitamins that are necessary for your body to function. One of its main roles in the body is to metabolize macronutrients in order to regulate your metabolism. Another key role of biotin is in the nervous system, by helping the brain transmit nerve signals. B vitamins protect your brain and improve your memory and concentration, and biotin is no exception.

Another major function of biotin is creating the protein that makes up your hair, nails, and parts of your skin – keratin.

What are the benefits of biotin?

Biotin plays an important role in metabolizing glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids. Its role as an enzyme in the metabolism of amino acids is crucial for protein creation – like keratin – which results in building strong, healthy hair and nails.

Clinical trials have shown that it can help reduce brittle nails that easily split or crack. [1]

And participants in a Switzerland study saw a 25% increase in nail plate thickness following biotin supplementation. [2]

The same goes for healthy hair. Studies show that individuals with a biotin deficiency can benefit from supplementing biotin to help with hair growth. [3]

And when researchers have looked at people who have hair that’s brittle, unhealthy, or just refusing to grow, they’ve found that most of them are low in biotin! [4]

Hair is easily damaged by sun-exposure, overwashing, and constant heat from the hairdryer or other styling tools. As mentioned above, biotin plays a role in building the protein that helps regrow healthy hair, which is why it has become such a popular hair and nail supplement.

What are the signs of a biotin deficiency?

Symptoms of biotin deficiency typically come on gradually. [5]

These symptoms include:

  • Thinning hair and hair loss on all areas of the body
  • Brittle nails
  • A scaly red rash around the eyes, nose, and mouth

In the most severe cases, a biotin deficiency can lead to:

  • Neurological conditions such as depression
  • Lethargy
  • Hallucinations
  • Tingling of the extremities

Those with a genetic disorder for deficiency in biotinidase – an enzyme that helps recycle biotin to be reused by the body – are at a higher risk of deficiency. Pregnant and lactating women should also be mindful of their intake. At least a third of pregnant women develop a slight deficiency regardless of normal intake, because the process of lactation lowers biotin levels.

So, can you get too much biotin?

Biotin is water-soluble. This means that there’s no official upper limit for biotin because your body only stores what it needs. The rest is simply excreted in your urine. 

The normal recommended biotin dosage for adults is 30 to 100 micrograms (mcg) per day. But as I mentioned earlier, this is quite low, especially if you’re looking to experience ALL of the benefits biotin has to offer. If your levels are just barely high enough, your body may use the little biotin it has to help with regulating the metabolism instead of growing your hair. While regulating your metabolism is good, you want it to do both, of course!

But while you could be getting too little biotin, there’s no evidence of high levels of biotin being harmful or causing toxicity. Research has suggested that even mega-doses of 300 mg (that’s 300,000 mcg) to help with treating multiple sclerosis have no adverse side effects. [6]

One caveat is that taking a lot of biotin can interfere with lab test results. The technology used to measure levels of thyroid hormones and vitamin D, for example, can show high or low test results. For this reason, it’s important to inform your doctor if you’re taking a biotin supplement. [7]

The other side effects of too much biotin are pretty nonexistent, but if you take too much of the biotin supplements beyond 10,000 mcg, you could potentially encounter digestive issues, as your body is working to flush out the excess biotin.

All of this being said…

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What Is “Collagen Induction Therapy” (Or “Microneedling”)?

Have you ever been talking to someone about collagen and they bring up something called “collagen induction therapy” or “microneedling”? 

Whether you have or not, let me explain what this process is, who it’s for, and how it works. That way, next time it’s brought up, you can say you already know all about it!

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure often carried out by dermatologists in an attempt to naturally stimulate collagen production in the skin, helping to reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, stretch marks, or other blemishes. 

This is done by pricking the skin with small, sterilized needles. The idea is that by using these needles to damage the skin, your body will repair the area with new, collagen-rich skin. 

To help you better understand this procedure, let’s go over a few things.

Fast facts about microneedling

Safety

  • Microneedling isn’t very invasive and doesn’t usually require much recovery time.
  • It’s considered safe for most people.
  • However, those who have active acne, are on acne medication, or are suffering from a condition like psoriasis or eczema should avoid the procedure. [1]
  • Minor redness and irritation may occur for a few days following the procedure. 

Convenience 

  • Generally speaking, from start to finish, each session lasts about two hours.
  • It’s best to see a board certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon, cosmetic surgeon, or a supervised aesthetician for this procedure for best results.
  • For best results, you will also need multiple treatments. 

Cost

  • Microneedling can cost anywhere from $200 to $800 per session. 
  • Considering you may need several sessions to start seeing results, this could run into the thousands.
  • It’s typically not covered by insurance.

Efficacy

  • Microneedling has been found to be somewhat effective in treating scarring related to acne, scars, stretch marks, and maturing skin. [2, 3, 4, 5]
  • Skin may become brighter and firmer as well.
  • Ideal results can be noticed after multiple sessions, however it may require long-term maintenance for consistent results.

Should you do it?

Microneedling has been found to be effective in facial treatments when consistently done, and there has been research showing that they can be effective in other areas of the body, such as stretch marks on the thighs and stomach. [6

Whether or not you should try microneedling is up to you. A numbing agent is typically applied, so you don’t feel the pricking of the needles on your face or body. 

However, side effects like bleeding, bruising, infection, or peeling are not unheard of and should be taken into consideration. 

You also need to factor in the hefty cost and the regular visits to the clinic. This could bring you into the tens of thousands over a single year.

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Personally, I prefer another way…

I don’t love the idea of having a bunch of needles poked into my face. I understand the idea of it – to promote the creation of collagen – however, I’d prefer to just send more collagen into my body. 

You can do this with Complete Collagen Plus. The collagen peptides are protected by lipid molecules – micelles and liposomes – so you can trust that they’re actually making it into your system fully intact.

Not only can you pump up your collagen levels from the comfort of your own home, you can do it at a fraction of the cost you’d pay for microneedling, and it tastes amazing!

And when you ingest collagen, you get to send it to other parts of your body that may need it, like your bones, joints, and hair.

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