Sunday, March 21, 2010

Acne and More

I've always wondered why I didn't inherit the good skin of the ladies in my family. My mother never seemed to have a problem with pimples. Neither did any of my grandmas. They had beautiful skin without having to resort to a rigid regimen, while I was still searching for the best acne pills or regimen even when I was already in my twenties.

Could it be because of stress? Well, I was a medical student when my acne problem was at its height. But they had problems too. Not less problems, just different.

Genes? Maybe from the males in my family? I don't know, they (my dad, granddad and uncles) don't have that problem too. But my brothers did, although they were teens at the time.

I don't know if I can blame location and the amount of pollution. Or maybe the food. One thing I'm sure about, growing up in China in the early 1920s -1960s is probably different from being a teenager in the 1980s and 1990s. We're exposed to different things. And it's not about pimples. We have different views. We see different people. We see more TV, read more papers.

We become the people we are because of the environment we are in.


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