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What are the most common genetic skin conditions?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A number of rare skin disorders have been linked to certain genes. However, some very common skin conditions are believed to be influenced by genes you inherit, including:
  • Psoriasis, which produces patches of red, bumpy skin and other symptoms. Approximately 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, which appears to run in families. 
  • Melanoma, which is responsible for three-quarters of all skin cancer deaths. Spending time in the sun increases the risk for melanoma, but genes seem to play a role, too; having a close family member who has or had melanoma appears to increase your risk. 
  • Androgenetic alopecia, which is the most common cause of baldness. About half of all men show signs of androgenetic alopecia by age 50. Women can develop hereditary hair loss, too. 

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