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Journal: DNA

Your DNA: Skin & Photo-Aging

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Photoaging refers to premature skin aging caused by repetitive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, primarily from the sun. This type of skin damage is unlike chronological aging in that it speeds up the natural aging process due to external factors. UV radiation leads to DNA damage, oxidative stress and changes in the skin's connective tissue architecture, all of which result in reduced skin function and health.


Visible symptoms of photoaging include uneven pigmentation, fine lines, sagging skin, freckles, age spots, spider veins on the face, and an overall rough skin texture. These signs are primarily due to the breakdown of collagen and the accumulation of abnormal elastin. To address these issues, it is important to use sunscreen to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, which are the primary causes of photoaging.


Research suggests that genetics also play a role in an individual's predisposition to photoaging. Specific gene mutations, such as those in LOC105374069, STXBP5L, and FBXO40, have been linked to disparities in how severely individuals experience photoaging signs, such as pigmentation unevenness, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Understanding these genetic connections can be helpful in providing individualized skin care strategies that target an individual's unique susceptibilities to sun exposure, potentially reducing some of the damaging effects associated with photoaging.

Skincare test

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This test provides information on your skin type and the care it requires based on your genetic profile.

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