Stretch marks, skin discolouration, varicose veins and sagging skin are some of the wonderful things that our parents can hand down to us. But just because our parents might have had these things doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to have them too. Skin disorders, just like any health disorder, are caused by the mutation of a gene.
While genetics play a large part in our makeup, skin disorders can also be affected by environmental and lifestyle factors. So, with this in mind, there are some things that we can do to control the severity of the genetic skin conditions that we may be destined to inherit. For example, if your grandmother, grandfather, uncle or dad have all had some form of skin cancer, then this certainly increases the risk of you getting skin cancer. However, by adapting your lifestyle and minimising environmental impacts, then you can minimise the risk.
Are you ready to defy the laws of genetics and skin?
The same goes for ageing. We all know some of our friends’ mothers who aged better than others. Perhaps they were lucky to be born with good genes. So if your mum or dad started showing visible signs of ageing at a young age (anywhere between 30 and 50) then the likelihood of you ageing at a young age is reasonably high. So, can we defy the laws of genetics? To a degree, yes, and it is all about minimising environmental and lifestyle factors. Staying out of the sun, keeping a healthy diet with regular exercise and not smoking. Using products that are rich in antioxidants to fight environmental damage, peptides to stimulate collagen and essential vitamins such as A, B and C will all assist in slowing down the ageing process.
This is why it is important to begin a good skin care routine early in life, rather than waiting until you are halfway down the hill! That being said, it is never too late. There are some things that you can fix later in life, such as tone, texture and complexion.
Is Acne genetic?
Acne can also be hereditary. While there is no ‘acne gene’ there are certain things in your genetic makeup that can put you at a higher risk of acne. A disruption in your immune system can occur. A predisposition to the development of cysts or an excess of androgens is also possible (male hormones – also in females). Any of these things can expose you to acne. However, once again, our DNA does not fully contribute to the whether or not you will suffer from acne.
There are many other things, and these are things that we can control. Genetics will determine how our skin responds to hormonal changes, stress and other internal factors. Yet the environment and lifestyle in which we live still impacts the formation of pimples. The best and most effective way to fight against our predisposition to acne, is to have a healthy gut. Maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet can help with hormonal changes and therefore, keeping acne to a minimum. An anti-inflammatory diet consists of plenty of vegetables, protein, low carbohydrates and no processed foods or drinks. Sugars in fruits are also kept to a minimum. For those who struggle getting enough leafy greens into our diet, some pre and probiotics such as the Miessence Vitality Pack, is a good way to ensure you are keeping a healthy gut.
If we look after our insides, stay sun smart and avoid unhealthy lifestyle choices, we can fight off those unwanted genes and create our own skin destiny!
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