Ozempic, a breakthrough medication for managing type 2 diabetes, has shown remarkable efficacy in controlling blood sugar levels. However, some users have reported a phenomenon known as “Ozempic face”—a term coined to describe changes in facial appearance such as fat loss and a hollowed look. Understanding the causes of Ozempic face and exploring strategies to mitigate its impact is essential for individuals on this medication.
Ozempic face is believed to result from the drug’s ability to promote weight loss by reducing appetite. As the body sheds excess fat, particularly in the face, individuals may notice changes in facial fullness and contour. These changes can give the appearance of accelerated aging with increased lines and wrinkles.
One effective way to limit the impact of Ozempic face is by promoting the body’s own collagen production. Collagen, a protein that provides structure to the skin, can help maintain skin elasticity and fullness.† Incorporating collagen-boosting practices into your routine can enhance the skin’s resilience.
Nutrition plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis. Foods rich in vitamin C, amino acids, and antioxidants, such as berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and even some supplements, such as Collagen Elixir™ by Isagenix (1), have been shown to support collagen production.†
A key feature in ensuring your body has all the necessary building blocks for producing its own collagen to help limit the appearance of Ozempic face is to consume a significant amount of high-quality protein. High-quality protein is defined as protein that contains a high amount of essential amino acids. These amino acids cannot be synthesized by your body and can only be found through our diet. These amino acids are the structural components that your body will use to assemble its own collagen. These amino acids are abundant in whey protein, but it is important to choose a whey protein supplement company that verifies the concentration of the essential amino acids in their products, such as Isalean® Shakes by Isagenix.
Beyond diet, lifestyle factors such as regular exercise and proper skin care can contribute to collagen production. Exercise improves blood circulation, delivering vital nutrients to the skin.
In conclusion, while Ozempic face is a potential side effect of the medication, individuals can take proactive steps to support their skin health. Prioritizing a collagen-friendly lifestyle through a balanced diet, regular exercise, and skin supplements can help individuals on Ozempic maintain healthy-looking skin.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- Lin YK, et al., J Food Sci Nutr 2022, 8: 128 DOI: 10.24966/FSN-1076/100128
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