Collagen is often represented as a skincare ingredient in its hydrolyzed form, known as Hydrolyzed Collagen. The difference between the hydrolyzed and non-hydrolyzed form is that the first form is that the hydrolyzed form is broken down into smaller particles for more effective absorption. Collagen, as an ingredient naturally produced within our own bodies and consumed as a part of our meals, it has generally been regarded as safe.
EWG: 1 (Low Hazard)
As of August 27, 2019, over 200 products have been listed as containing Hydrolyzed Collagen as one of its ingredients. It is important to note that most products that do contain Collagen are unlikely to be present strictly in the plain ‘collagen’ form, but hydrolyzed collagen as noted above.
You can view EWG’s Hydrolyzed Collagen entry here.
US FDA: Collagen is considered a dietary supplement thus falls outside of the regulation of the FDA, which is also held true for cosmetic items as well. However, in the form of dermal injectables, the FDA has reviewed and approved a number of products to be used in a medical setting. While there has been some research conducted with the efficacy of collagen consumption in respect to improvements in the skin and body at large, this is an area that still warrants and is continuing to undergo further research. There is one unanimous agreement, however, is that collagen is highly important to skin health (particularly strength and elasticity).
Read more about the Efficacy of Collagen Peptides at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Website
Read more about the Efficacy and Safety of Collagen at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Website