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    girlyjess posted:
    I had a facial at the local spa yesterday, and the esthetician gave me a collagen mask treatment. Now, I thought that you cannot absorb collagen through the skin - that it only works as an injection. She insisted that it can be absorbed, and I should come back every 7-10 days for 6 more masks to get the full benefit. Am I wrong? Did I completely waste the $50 she charged for it? Any advice would be appreciated. I admit I am now leery of ever trusting an esthetician again.
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    Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
    You are correct, the molecular size of collagen is much too large to be absorbed through the skin.

    The benefit of the facial is merely through the exfoliation, hydration and relaxation that it gives you.

    Most skin creams that say "you will see a benefit in 7 days" work through the same premise -- any hydration always makes lines look better.

    I hope that helps


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