Skin Health
Mythfoliation: Great Skin Is All Genetics…You Have To Be Born With It, RIght?
mythfoliation-great skin is all genetic
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Perfect, flawless skin: is it even a possibility or is it purely genetic luck-of-the-draw? Objectively “perfect” skin might be impossible, in part because what “perfect” would be may cause some debate. But objectively healthy skin which is most often described as firm, soft, blemish-free, hyperpigmentation-free, well hydrated, and glowing? This isn’t such a lost cause.Can your skin be objectively perfect in all eyes?We don’t believe this is a realistic goal. But making your skin as healthy, clear, firm, and even-toned as possible for your particular skin…this is very much a reality within your reach. How? Prevention, protection, a safe, effective active therapy regimen to target your particular concerns, and the regular facial.Think of it this way: while achieving an objectively perfect body may not be a possibility, the right diet and exercise can probably get you to as perfect a body as is possible for YOU. That is, eating right, exercising daily, taking the right nutritional supplements, getting enough sleep, and seeing your doctors regularly will probably help you develop the healthiest, best-looking body that is possible for your genetic make-up.
Does this mean you will never develop serious illnesses? There is no guarantee of that. But all this prevention and targeted care does mean that you’ve taken every step you can to help prevent them. Does this mean everyone looking at you will think of your body as perfect? Unlikely, but chances are they’ll see how toned and healthy you look.

Is flawless, absolutely, objectively perfect skin a possibility?

Probably not, but skin that is as firm, clear, glowing, and healthy-looking as your skin can be…this is definitely a possibility.

Is perfect, flawless skin a matter of genetic luck-of-the-draw?

In part yes. But genes don’t determine everything.

Let’s go back to the example of your body. Many people are born with genetic predispositions towards diabetes or obesity. But many such genetically-predisposed people who watch what they eat very closely, see a physician regularly, and exercise daily, also never develop these conditions. Luck may play a part, but certainly this kind of attentive care given to one’s health helps reduce the risk of developing these genetic diseases.

If your parents and siblings have skin that is enviably fine, smooth, glowing, firm, and blemish-free, there is a good chance that you are predisposed to having skin that behaves similarly. A good chance, not a guarantee; your genetic architecture isn’t limited to your parents and siblings after all. And every person is unique—you may be the only person in your family to develop acne or a sensitivity to a particular ingredient that is common in most cosmetics.

As well, our environments are changing all the time. You may be exposed to light rays or chemicals that were less of a problem for the rest of your family. Skin cancer may not run in your family, but if you never use protection and expose yourself to the sun regularly, you are definitely putting yourself at risk. In other words, just because your family may have great skin does not automatically mean that you will, too, especially if you abuse your skin or do not take care of it.

The opposite is true, too. If your family has a history of acne, the right prophylactic care can help you prevent the problem or lessen its severity. Many of our customers have children who were told by their dermatologists to start them on VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® SuperSkin Care therapy in conjunction with internally-taken medication and prevention as early as the age of nine. In many cases, with the proper dermatological supervision, these patients had significantly less severe breakouts than their parents and, correspondingly, less deep scars such as pockmarks.

The Bottom Line

Take a look at your family to get an idea of your skin’s possible tendencies. This can give you an idea of the steps you can take to enhance those tendencies or prevent them: if many of your family members have acne, you may want to start early with anti-acne therapy such as SuperSkin Care (boys and girls ages 9 and up) or Id Clarifying System (men and women, ages 18 and up).
If they seem to show signs of aging early (such as wrinkles, dark spots, etc.) you may wish to start an anti-aging system such as our Re-Everything anti-aging regimen at about 18 years of age.

Regardless of your family’s genetic tendencies, adequate and regular sun and light protection is crucial. Try Armada Sun + Light Screens every day, both indoors and outdoors, to help you prevent a whole host of problems that are more and more being proven to be caused by cumulative sun and light exposure, including photo-aging, hyperpigmentations, skin cancer, and even immuno-suppression disorders.

To prevent a whole host of skin problems, from acne to pigmentations, signs of aging and inflammation (linked to all these problems plus atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and other diseases of the skin and body), we suggest following as hypoallergenic a lifestyle as possible, from hair, body and bath care to mom and baby care and even makeup and your laundry detergent.

For more on what you should know about protection, we invite you to read Sun and Light Protection: What Should I Know?.

For more on prevention, we invite you to read Prevention Is Key.