Personalized prevention medicine is the customization of healthcare according to individual needs of the patient with regard to medical decisions, products, and treatment. It’s a process that uses diagnostic, blood, and genetic testing to figure out what treatment the patient would most likely respond to with regard to various conditions like obesity, diabetes, cancer, or other chronic illnesses. But what about skin care, cosmetics and anti-aging medicines? Is there a such thing as personalized prevention (or personalized medicine) that would help with the aging process? Research has determined that the answer to this question is a resounding yes. Our marketplace has proven this, as well.
Everything about us is based on our genetic makeup. Our genes determine everything from our gender to the color of our skin, hair, and eyes. Some research has even found links of our genes determining certain types of behavior and personality traits. Everything, all the way down to the way hair grows on the top of our toes, is determined by our genetic makeup. So, how can physicians and researchers use this to their advantage? They use personalized genomics, which is a form of gene analysis that looks at how our internal organs function, including our skin.
Recent research shows that personal genomics determine response to specific drugs or chemicals. With regard to our skin, it can determine if we’re are at risk for developing skin cancers like melanoma, or if we have a tendency toward acne, eczema, or excessive dryness. Studying these genomes also determines the level of pigmentation in our skin and whether we are more prone to premature aging and wrinkles. It was this information that has determined what chemicals work best for specific skin conditions.
Anti-aging medicine and anti-wrinkle creams have come a long way over the last several years. The chemicals are now targeted at the specific genes that affect the way we age. This is why creams and prescribed medications have been so successful at reducing wrinkles and tightening skin to make us look more youthful.
If you’re looking for an anti-aging medicine or cream that is more individualized, talk to your healthcare provider or dermatologist about taking a closer look at what makes up your skin type and aging process through personalized genomic testing. This will help your dermatologist prescribe or recommend the best product to reduce wrinkles, and/or treat any of the various skin conditions that affect not just our physical body, but our self-confidence too.