Genetics and acne
Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:39 AM
So, my dad, who I happen to take after looks-wise, just told me he had acne well into his thirties and still gets the occasional spot...this news is devastating to me..
However, my mom tells me my dad did not have acne when she met him at exactly 30 years old. I don't know who's memory is failing here - I hope it is my dad's but anyways, I am 27 and still have acne (for about 13 or 14 years now) and I guess I want someone to say "Don't worry, you won't necessarily follow your dad's pattern."
Here's the thing though, can someone post scientific research showing the correlation between parents' and children's acne, percentage-wise. How strong or weak is the correlation? I know there are people who come from families where acne is practically non-existent but they have a pretty bad case, but how about the opposite scenario, where one or both parents had bad or chronic acne, yet the kids lucked out? Many thanks!!!
Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:47 AM
My mum however hardly had any acne at all. I think only a few throughout her whole life. Her parents and siblings were the same.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:55 AM
do you known when your dad outgrew acne? How about your brother? are you older than they were when they outgrew it? thanks.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:57 AM
kinda on and off. Genes don't make any sense but good luck.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:58 AM
I still suffer from acne unfortunately. I am 20.
Genes don't affect some people so it depends I suppose. Acne genes had to start somewhere. In my case it is partly genetics and partly hormonal.
Posted 07 April 2008 - 02:28 PM
My mum and all of her 7 sisters and 3 brothers (yes that many) have all had crystal clear nice tanned skin. Even the ones that are in their 60's dont even have much wrinkles and no sign of even liver spots! My dads side however apparently had MILD acne. My 2 step bros always had clear skin and my sister had very very little spots from time to time (usually period spots, she tells me) So i dont get why i am the only one with severe acne. I guess genetics dont have that much to do with it.
Posted 11 April 2008 - 07:37 PM
Posted 12 April 2008 - 10:46 PM
However, I have very oily skin and moderate acne, and both my brother and sister have fairly bad skin, though not as bad as mine.
Maybe we just lucked-out and are the result of hundreds of years of bad skin being a recessive gene in our parents.
Posted 13 April 2008 - 10:39 PM
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 04:00 PM
Actually the "good" news if you will, is - acne is not a recessive genetic disease, but follows a dominant pattern (does not skip generations). There is research I can reference (just not right now), and there is also my own (unsystematic) fact gathering over the last 15 years.
Posted 02 June 2008 - 07:30 AM
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Posted 02 June 2008 - 12:16 PM
From the Archives of Dermatology, December 2002 (Volume 138, Number 12) researchers found that:
"Acne vulgaris is virtually nonexistent in 2 nonwesternized populations: the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay. Of 1200 Kitavan subjects (including 300 aged 15-25 years) and 115 Ache subjects (including 15 aged 15-25 years), no active cases of acne were observed over an 843-day period. Both Kitavans and Ache hunter-gatherers have in common a relative lack of Western influence, subsisting on low-fat and low-glycemic-load diets (eg, fruit, vegetables, fish, wild game)."
You see in this group of people, even these young teenagers from age 15 didn't have a single case of acne. Now isn't this the time period where most people in the Western world are supposed to get acne?
Okay this describes how their diet is healthy, but it doesn't explain genetic's influence on acne.
So let's observe other ethnicities from around the world who incorporated Western foods into their diet.
Here's a comment from the same study:
"Inuit Eskimo population was devoid of acne when following traditional living and eating habits, but developed acne prevalence comparable to Western societies when adapting to a Western lifestyle. Others have observed a similar transition in nonwesternized societies such as the Peruvian Indians and Bantu of South Africa."
You see, we could've explained that the Inuit Eskimos did not have acne because of their "clear skin genetics" and they were completely devoid of acne at one point in time. But after incorporating Western foods, acne appeared. Same goes for the Peruvian Indians, Bantu of South Africa, and even the Japanese (not included in this particular study)
That's why I think genetics and acne is way over-rated and greatly exaggerated. My dad has serious acne when he was a teenager and even sprouts a few pimples no and then in his late 50's. I had moderate acne also...but when I kept a strict diet, following supplementation my acne almost completely disappeared.
I don't even use any more of those useless benzoyl peroxide/salicylic acid washes anymore and never take antibiotics or drugs because acne always reappears no matter what when I use these treatments. BUT now that I eat a low GI, healthy diet along with supplementation, I almost always have clear skin.
Oh and if you want to look at that study, here's the link (you gotta sign up though):
The study in detail...
Posted 07 June 2008 - 03:32 PM
My father and my mother used to get an occasional pimple in their teens, and so do I. I've had 2 minor breakouts in the past three years, not that bad.
Posted 22 June 2008 - 01:23 PM
But acne has to be partly also genetic. Since we see people all around us eating all the junk food they want but still having clear, spotless skin. Maybe it manifests itself in other ways in their body instead of acne. There has been rise in cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc. only in the last century when we have swithced from natural way to life to all mechanized, sedentary way of life. Girls and boys are attaining puberty earlier. All this is an effect of modern lifestyle I believe.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 01:21 PM
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 08:59 AM
and stop smoking if you do
and check out the net about what type of food can cause u allergy to acne ...some people stop eggs and milk their acne dissappear off
Posted 04 July 2008 - 03:04 PM
Nobody except him in my family has ever had acne, looks like me and my brother are the only ones with mild acne, or acne at all