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Is Your Skin Concern Genetic?

The skincare industry is saturated with products that make perfect, flawless skin seem not just attainable, but what the world sees to be ‘normal’. From redness relief to acne treatments and expensive facials, no matter the skin concern, there will be a product that claims to fix it. But what if the answer to understanding your skin concern isn’t a store-bought product? What if it’s in our genetics? Let’s talk about how your skin problems may be hereditary and what you can do to help it…

Acne 

While there isn’t a gene mutation linked directly to acne, there is a tendency for it to run in families. Take note that many factors can cause this skin concern, from how your immune system responds to your hormone levels. Some families may have a hereditary tendency to overproduce dead skin cells which can lead to congested pores, therefore causing acne. A family line may also have a tendency to overproduce sebum, which can lead to oily skin that traps bacteria in the pores which can result in more frequent breakouts. If you’re looking for something to tackle uncomfortable breakouts, we recommend iS Clinical’s Active Serum which contains Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, a natural source of Salicylic Acid, that effectively combats breakouts and blocked pores. 

Dryness

With this one, you can blame your parents. Mutations in the genes that control the product of the protein Filaggrin, which plays a role in hydrating the skin barrier, can cause several skin conditions. People with these mutations suffer from drier skin and have a greater chance of developing eczema. If you’ve always had dry skin or if it runs in your family, it’s important that you keep on top of your daily moisturisation. Look for a product that’s packed with Ceramides such as the SKINCITY skincare 24H Rich Emulsion which not only replenishes the skin but also strengthens it to help prevent moisture loss.

Pigmentation

Hyperpigmentation isn’t necessarily a condition but a term that describes skin that appears darker in certain areas. There are a few types of hyperpigmentation but none of them are caused by genetics – melasma is usually caused by hormonal changes, sun spots are from UV damage and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is the result of an injury or inflammation to the skin such as acne. At the end of the day, it all comes down to melanin and when the skin is producing too much of it, that’s when we see signs of pigmentation. The Enlighten Pigment Controller from NeoStrata offers a quick fix for this as it reduces the production of melanin with the skin to not only improve the appearance of existing discolouration but to prevent future dark spots from forming. 

Redness 

When we say redness, we’re mainly talking about rosacea here. This isn’t just when you get a bit of facial flushing due to stress or embarrassment, we mean noticeable redness on the nose, forehead and cheeks that never seems to budge. Because rosacea is a complex condition with both genetic and environmental influences, it doesn’t have a straightforward pattern of inheritance. If others in your family do suffer from rosacea, then you can most likely put it down to inheritance and shared genetic factors but it can also be related to the environment and nongenetic factors that are shared by members of a family. To reduce the severity of flushing and flare ups, try Medik8’s Calmwise Serum which combines seven active ingredients to noticeably calm inflammation and soothe irritated skin, while helping to improve the efficiency of a weak lipid barrier in order to increase the skin’s natural environmental protection. 

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