There's more to perfect skin than you would think, so we've put together some things for you to consider when it comes to getting beautiful and healthy skin.


The Race-Skin connection

What do your genetics say about your skin and race?

Genes and Skin: According to Dr. Susan C. Taylor, MD, a Dermatologist in Philadelphia, PA., when it comes to our race, there are genetic considerations in terms of our skin’s structure and function. her research, which compared the genes of  people who identified themselves as African-American, Asian or Caucasian, found a biological argument for race in skin genes. 

These indicators can help us establish general skin-care guidelines and provide clues on how to maintain overall skin health.

Ceramides:  Ceramides have implications for dry skin: Ceramides were lowest among African-Americans but highest among Caucasians and Asians.

Barrier Function:  The baseline for transepidermal water loss was lowest among African-Americans, providing insight into the maintenance of skin-barrier strength.

Stratum Corneum:  In African-American subjects, cell layers were greater, more cohesive and compact, meaning the skin has more layers.

Proteins:  Proteins were highest among African-Americans, and lowest among Asians, which has implications for the resistance to irritants. The proteins were lowest in Asians.