For the majority of us, acne is a troublesome problem that can impact confidence, comfort, and ruin a perfectly good special event. Acne can be visually unappealing or, worse, physically painful. In most cases, people do anything that they can to prevent it before it happens and handle it once it arrives. The confusing part is that everyone has incredibly different skin. You might not share the same type of acne as the people around you, which can be annoying when you end up facing struggles that no one around you can relate to. At the end of the day, some people just have skin that is more prone to acne because of their genetic background.

The genetics behind acne are still being determined and likely will be for a long time before we can decode the truth behind skin profiles, but there are a few things that we already know. Your genetics can determine how your body handles acne and the things that cause it. This can range from how well your skin regenerates to inflammation patterns. It can even determine several key traits around how your pores act and develop. These factors all come together to not only determine if you are going to get acne, but what it might actually look like. The reality is that acne comes in a lot of different forms and has a tendency to show up differently on different people. You and your closest friend could get a pimple in the exact same spot, but it would likely look drastically different on both of you because your bodies will not only handle it differently, but will also show it differently based off of pore size and health.

The interesting thing about the genetic attributes of acne is that we don’t understand it enough to accurately predict it. We know that certain predispositions towards acne can be genetic, but we don’t know enough to fully understand how it will be passed on or manifest. People can inherit bad acne from a parent, but there are also large enough differences between relatives for us to know that it isn’t automatically passed down.

There is still plenty of research to do on acne and the factors that impact it, but it is important to recognize that acne isn’t purely a genetic problem. While it is possible for our genetics to play a role, however big or small, environmental factors and nutritional factors also have a significant impact. Many different things come together to determine how your acne will form and appear, which is why we as individuals sometimes end up with unusually bad or mild acne for reasons that we can’t explain. Our skin is often impacted by so many different things that we don’t realize why or how it is acting the way that it is. Fortunately, the more research that we do, the better we will be able to understand how to manage our skin in a way that allows us to keep it clean, fresh, and healthy.