Is acne in your DNA?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions globally, affecting more than 90 % of people worldwide. Acne has previously been thought to be caused by skin inflammation, however new research by leading scientists based in the UK has proven that our DNA plays a part too.

The largest ever study into the genetics of acne has proved that while there is not one single gene associated with acne, it is a hereditary condition. This means that if acne runs in your family, you or your kids are more likely to suffer from it too.

The study, which involved nearly 27,000 people, showed that acne is considered to be hereditary in up to 80 per cent of cases.

Current treatment options for those suffering from acne are described in the study as, “ineffective and poorly tolerated” however the results of this new research could change that.

As a result of the new study, 12 new DNA variations, which have never been connected to acne before, have been discovered – bringing hope for new treatments to be developed for sufferers of severe acne.

The genetic variations identified in the study are related to the hair follicles on the face and body, revealing that different structures, functions and shapes of the follicles make some people more prone to “bacterial colonisation and inflammation.”

“The current study provides a substantial advance in our insight into the genetic susceptibility and pathogenic mechanisms that contribute to the development of severe acne,” the study’s authors concluded.

The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD), Australia’s leading authority on dermatology, urge anyone with moderate-to-severe acne to visit a dermatologist (a medical skin specialist) without delay.