At age 15, acne is embarrassing. At age 20, it’s mortifying. By the time you reach 25 or older, acne is the bane of your existence, the root of deep-seated insecurities, and the fear at the back of your mind:
Maybe you’ll never get rid of it. Maybe it’s just genetic.
It’s the worst-case scenario — acne that’s literally impossible to beat. How are you supposed to clear your breakouts if they’re written into your DNA? What’s the point of even trying?
Don’t fall into this black hole of hopelessness! Persistent acne can prey on your confidence, but it’s not the end.
Even if you think that your skin woes are genetic, Averr Aglow can help you improve your complexion and prevent new breakouts. Take advantage of our expertise, from incorporating the skin-positive botanicals in our Clear Skin Kit to tweaking a few lifestyle habits for a new, fresh-faced you!
Suspect that genetics are contributing to your breakouts? You’re probably right. Genetics are significant in the development of acne, from standard whiteheads to painful, adult-onset cysts.
If your family tree includes a history of acne, you’re far more likely to have acne yourself. You’re also more likely to develop blemishes earlier in life, get more breakouts overall, and have greater difficulty getting your acne under control.
One study went so far as to suggest that inherited factors may be 80% responsible for acne flare-ups. So the next time you’re glumly evaluating a new spot in the mirror, give a little mental shout-out to all your ancestors who helped make it possible.
Let’s make one thing clear, though: there’s no secret acne gene resigning you to a pimple-filled fate. Genetics contribute less to the actual breakouts themselves than to your overall risk of breakouts.
For example, you may inherit one or more of these tendencies:
On their own, these tendencies aren’t too bad. But in the right circumstances, they can feed into your acne breakouts.
These predispositions also explain why you can have dramatic acne despite clear-skinned parents and siblings. Family members may carry only one or two acne-contributing factors, while you end up with four or five. With so many things working against you, of course your skin will struggle more than theirs!
Hormonal conditions like PCOS can also cluster in families. If your breakouts are tied to a deeper hormonal issue, genetics may still be playing a hand.
As the final cherry on top, genetics can stunt your acne resistance, allowing stubborn breakouts to persist into adulthood. So even after puberty, you fall victim to acne again and again.
Of course, it’s not all genetics. Certain environmental or lifestyle factors can give your skin that final push from acne-prone to acne-covered.
Think about it: if you’re already living on the constant brink of breakouts, adding more acne triggers will only make your skin worse. Particularly factors such as:
Ultimately, breakouts are caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.
It sounds terrible, but it’s actually good news. Why? Because it’s a lot easier to adjust your environment than your genetics. Avoiding environmental triggers can decrease the frequency and severity of breakouts, especially if paired with quality skincare.
Banishing genetic acne can seem like an uphill struggle, especially if you aren’t seeing any results. But it’s not as simple as grabbing the first “anti-acne” cleanser at Walgreens.
Because most genetic-fueled breakouts are actually a multi-pronged problem, you’ll need a multi-pronged solution that targets both hereditary and environmental factors.
First, try to identify and counteract any genetic predispositions that may be setting you up for acne.
Whether you’re trying to manage your hormones or become your best self, a few easy day-to-day tips can help your skin, happiness, and general health.
Hereditary factors can definitely put your complexion at a disadvantage, but genetic acne doesn’t have to be a life sentence. With some good habits and the right skincare, you can even the odds and finally achieve the clear skin you deserve!