Is Acne Genetic?

January 24, 2019 6 min read 0 Comments

Is Acne Genetic?


By Kali Kushner


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All right guys, what is up? It is My Face Story here and today I'm here to talk to you about the debating question ... well I don't know that it's a debating question, but I don't know. Is acne genetic? Is acne in your genes? Is acne in your jeans? Is it? Okay not those jeans, but you know what I mean, genetic. Long story short, yes it is. Longer version, think about people that you know that have clear skin, yet they don't do anything to maintain that skin, they don't have a skincare routine, they don't eat properly, they don't work out. I bet you can think of at least one person, but yet their skin is flawless. While you're over here drinking celery juice, running the 5k, and not consuming any sugar.

I put two and two together, I guess I put that acne was genetic together when I started dating my husband because he can eat literally anything he wants, and his skin is really clear. He has probably had one zit the whole time we've been together. And then I started thinking about his family, and his family is that same way they all eat whatever they want, do whatever they want, and their skin is completely clear. None of them really have ever dealt with acne.

Now thinking about my family when my sister was younger she dealt with acne, one of my sisters older than both of us kind of still deals with some body acne, and my mom who is obviously much older still gets pimples around that time of the month. Just from these separate instances I can tell you acne is genetic, but there are also tons of studies online that we can also discuss.

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Another thing, I recently went on a road trip and my mother-in-law was in the bathroom, and I was in the bathroom too, but I had just walked out of the stall and she was standing in front of the sink, and she was washing her face with the hand soap and she was like, "It's an exfoliant."

And I was like, "Oh my days. I could never do that. I'm breaking out literally just looking at you." So, genetics man I swear.

What do I mean by genetics? What I mean is we inherit certain traits from different parents, so blue eyes, red hair, brown eyes, whatever, you inherit these traits from your parents. One trait that we also inherit from our parents that has been studied is acne, and acne is actually more closely relied to the x chromosome then the y chromosome, so your dad has an x and a y, and your mom has two x chromosomes, and they have figured out that people like me if my dad had acne I actually don't have ... and not my mom. So if my dad had acne and not my mom, I have less of a chance of getting it then just if my mom had had acne. Do you know what I mean? So, acne is more prevalent in the x chromosome. That's especially true in my case because I think maybe one time my dad had a pimple and my mom still breaks out, and all three of us girls still break out. Great. It's great, it's good, everything's good.

There was a recent study done in pathogenesis and the treatment of acne, and what it reported was that you have about a 50/50 chance of developing the disease yourself if your parents have it, so it's not absolute, it's not guaranteed, you have about a 50/50 chance. And I feel like that's true too because I know tons of older people who have kids, their skins completely clear, or vice versa. Parents have clear skin and then kids have acne. So, it's really just one of those things that you might pick up the trait or your might not.

And another thing about acne and genetics is that acne sufferers tend to have a higher level of IGF1 in their body. And what IGF1 is, is a hormone that triggers inflammation. You can also find that in things like, dairy products, milk, cheese, things like that so that is why a lot of people might break out from eating dairy, maybe eating one of them. IGF1 is no bueno. That kind of explains why ... so I have a higher level of inflammation, so my inflammation levels here and let's say a normal person's is here, so if they eat dairy their inflammation level goes to there. If I eat dairy my inflammation level skyrockets, so that's why certain people can eat whatever they want and their body reacts fine while others like me and probably you're watching cannot eat whatever we want because our inflammation levels skyrocket and then it causes acne. So, higher levels of IGF1 in acne sufferers is also genetic.

A big thing again is, will you get acne if your parents had it? Don't fret just because your parents had acne does not not necessarily mean that you yourself are going to get it. Again, it's about 50/50 chance, and just because it's genetic doesn't mean that there's nothing you can do about it, so you shouldn't feel like hopeless or out of options. I kind of feel like to a certain extent that is sometimes used as an excuse. I think a lot of other things go into it, like I said, it could be widespread bodily inflammation, it could be food sensitivities, it could be the cleanser you're using, it could be hair products, anything. But I think saying, "Oh it is genetics so I can't control it," is kind of ... to a certain extent yes, but I think that you can still manage it in everyday choices that you make.

What I mean by that is instead of choosing something super high in sugar or refined carbs that you know is going to spike your blood sugar, instead chose salmon salad instead of staying up all night, which you know is going to throw off your body and your hormone levels, and your stress. Make sure you get eight hours of sleep. It's just little things that you can do to help combat it, and I really do believe that. I believe that healing acne is more of a holistic approach. I don't think it is just one thing, I think most of the time it is a couple of different things that manifest itself into acne. So I would not say, "Oh I have it so it's genetic, I can't do anything about it." I think that there are always things you can do about it, and you shouldn't just blame your disease on your genes, because you can always find a way. Even if like now I'm breaking out because I changed my diet, find what works for you, find what doesn't work for you. Like I said, it could be so many different things.

And that doesn't also mean there could be behind the scenes stuff such as hormonal imbalances and gut issues as well, because those things are kind of harder to identify so I know that it is super frustrating to pinpoint what exactly is causing your breakout. Just don't be a cop out and say, "Oh it's genetics so I can't do anything about it." Because to a certain extent again, yes, but there are small little things that you can do to try to figure it out, and I think that's the most important is to just be as proactive as you can about it.

Long story short, yes acne is genetic but you can kind of try to control it or put out that inflammation by the little everyday choices that you make, from food, to sleep, to exercise, etc. Acne is in your genes, girl. It's in the genes.

All right guys, thank you so much for watching. Make sure to like this video, comment below to enter the giveaway, and subscribe to the acne channel because they're awesome, why not? Duh. All right, bye guys.


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