How Long Does it Take for Collagen to Work?


Reviewed by Jaimee Gooley, R.D.

Written by Hannah Marchese
Updated on June 24, 2021

Collagen is all the rage these days. From pills and powders, to liquid shots and gummies, there are countless supplements available on the market. Some people are skeptical of collagen’s effect on our bodies, and many people simply don’t know what collagen can do.

Collagen supplements can do wonders for us, given that our collagen production rapidly decreases after age 20. Supplements can help slow down that deterioration and repair the damage that has already been done (such as wrinkles, lack of glow, and strengthening the skin’s barrier).

There is a lot of growing evidence that supports the claims of collagen’s countless health and wellness benefits. It is important to do your research and determine which supplement is right for you, based on your specific issues and needs.

Once you start taking the recommended daily dose, you may be wondering how long it will take for collagen to start working and to see results. Unfortunately there is no concrete answer, because everyone’s body will react differently to the supplement and each supplement varies. However, there is research that explains when you may start to see results based on the type of supplement you are taking.

Read on to learn more about collagen and its benefits, and how and when it could give you the results you are looking for when it comes to your health and wellness concerns. 


Collagen and its Benefits

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and it works to preserve skin elasticity and connective tissues. It is formed from amino acid chains that act as building blocks in our body. 

Taking it as a supplement can help with a multitude of health issues and beauty woes. Benefits of collagen include glowing skin, stronger hair and nails, less joint pain, and stronger bones. It is absolutely necessary if you want to support glowing skin and your overall health.

Our bodies produce collagen naturally, but as we age the production rate starts to slow down. In fact, most people produce 1% less collagen in their skin each year after the age of 20.  This is why it is important to start taking a collagen supplement sooner rather than later. Just one daily dose may significantly improve your skin and help prevent wrinkles and dullness down the road.

Not only is natural collagen production essential for healthy skin, joints, and bones, it also supports hair and nail growth. This is why it’s so well known in the beauty world as a supplement that should be taken for almost any skin issue you may have.

As previously mentioned, it is hard to say just how long it will take before you will see results from your collagen supplement. Typically, you might start to see some results after about 4 weeks of daily supplementation. After a couple months you should be able to see noticeably different skin with great improvement.3

There are no known side effects of taking collagen, making it one of the safest and best choices for a health supplement.

After daily collagen supplementation for a few weeks, you will typically start to notice a few things: hair growth, skin hydration and skin moisture, improvement in joint health and skin health, lessening of fine lines, and other possible anti-aging improvements. Benefits of collagen supplements vary from person to person, so be patient if you don't notice all of these things right away. As with all dietary supplements, you may have to try a few before you find one you like and that works for you. 


Types of Collagen Supplements

Oral collagen supplements are what you will find at your health store. Supplements are not vegan, as they are derived from animals (cows, pigs, chicken, or fish). Collagen powder, liquid collagen, and collagen pills are the standard types of supplements available. Collagen powder or collagen protein powder are the most popular forms. This is because they can be added to smoothies, or mixed in with juice and water.

There are a few things to consider when choosing the supplement. One thing is what ingredients are in it. Since collagen is derived from animals, it is imperative that you get the cleanest and purest supplement available. This means checking that the animal was grass-fed, wild-caught, or raised organically.

One of the biggest reasons people use collagen supplements is to support their skin health. They want to achieve glowing skin with a strong barrier. If this is the reason you want to take collagen as a supplement, you might consider our Kalumi BEAUTYfood bars.

While collagen is essential for glowing skin, it's not the only thing that helps. Antioxidants and beauty superfoods (like sweet potato and cocoa butter) pack a powerful punch when it comes to your skin. Our bars are made with 8 grams of wild-caught marine collagen, which is the only pescatarian-friendly source of collagen.

The best way to see results as quickly as possible is to provide your skin with everything it needs to be healthy and strong. And, not only are you helping your skin, you're helping your whole body. Each Kalumi bar has 11-13 grams of protein, and clean ingredients that will keep you feeling full and energized throughout the day.



In a consumer study, 96% of women saw an improvement in the texture of their skin.