Smoke, over-weight, sun add extra years to one’s skin


Smoking and being over-weight can have its toll on one’s skin that is sun damaged according to a study of twins.

The findings were revealed by researcher from Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland. Says Dr. Jonette Keri, an assistant professor of dermatology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine,” people with same genetic composition are more likely to have the same sort of sun damage.” She further says,” if your mom aged poorly, you will age poorly.”

Although one cannot run away from ones genes, yet one can keep the skin younger looking longer by making necessary changes in ones’ lifestyles and controlling one’s environment

The report appears in the December issue of Archives of Dermatology.

The authors of the study claim that long-term exposure to the sun can bring about physical as well as structural changes to our skin, thus causing much damage to it. The normal ageing of the skin involves fine wrinkles as well as skin growths. But skin damaged by the sun has coarse wrinkles as well spots of more pigment. It also caused dilated blood vessels on our face.

At the same the researchers also say that 40% of “age-related changes” are due to environmental as well as lifestyle factors, and not a person’s genetic disposition.

This is evident by the observations made on the twins in the new study who are of the same genetic material.

According to Dr. Jaffrey Salomon, an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery, Yale University School of Medicine,” I would think that twins would each have the same response to sun exposure as their sibling.” He was not involved of course involved in the new research.

Salomon was, no doubt, surprised to find that skin cancer among the twins rated higher than the general population.

“This study, with an 8% skin cancer rate in twins, seems high when the general population has an incidence of less than 0.5%.This in of it self would merit further examination to look at other (potential risk) factors, such as prenatal sonograms and low birth weights”.


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