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RobinBoro

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I do not think I will ever understand acne. I have never my whole life had an acne problem even as a teenager. My ex-husband never had an acne problem either - ever his whole life. Both of my children have had acne problems. Where genetics are concerned that doesn't make any sense. I have 2 siblings and only my sister had acne problems. My ex-husband has 6 siblings and I do not believe any of them had acne problems either.

Any insight to this would be great.

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true aboout the 'skipping a generation' thing mentioned above being a possibility.

My mum tells me that her dad suffered with acne, God bless him.

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It could be the over abundance of processed foods in our society today. I mean really, a McDonald's, a Burger King, and a Taco Bell, all within view while sitting in the drive through of Wendy's? Is that really necessary? :doh:

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I think it's dangerous to oversimplify the cause of acne. I think there are multiple and varied causes depending on the person. By oversimplifying, we expect to change one thing and not have acne anymore. It's usually not that easy.

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Hi RobinBoro,

Sorry to hear that your children are struggling with acne. In regards to genetics, one avenue to explore is a condition called "Non classic 21 hydroxylase deficiency" (I say "non-classic" because you would have noticed "classic" symptoms fairly early.) In order for this condition to develop, each parent carries a trigger gene and their offspring then have a 1/4 chance of developing it. Look it up online and see if the non-classic symptoms match any of your children's symptoms. It's one possible explanation from a genetic perspective. I've made several posts about this condition as I was just recently diagnosed with it after 12+ years of suffering through acne and it would have been helpful to have information like this quite a while ago.

All this being said, it could just be that your children's skin reacts to such things as food allergies/diet (gluten), soap allergy, etc. Body chemistry is such a vast topic and there are many complicated factors involved.

Best of luck,

Spiro

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Like the people above me said I think it has more to do with the overall diet today than genetics.

Everyone in my family has perfect skin, so acne doesn't run in my blood either.

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