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What Environmental Factors Affect Skin Ageing?

A US study has sought to identify the environmental factors that affect skin ageing.

Objective  To identify environmental factors that correlate with skin photoaging, controlling for genetic susceptibility by using a questionnaire administered to twins.

Design  The survey collected information about each participant’s Fitzpatrick type, history of skin cancer, smoking and drinking habits, and weight from a cohort of twins. Clinicians then assigned a clinical photodamage score to each participant.

Setting  The annual Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Participants  A voluntary cohort of twins from the general community, mostly from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the northeastern United States. The survey was completed on a voluntary basis by sets of monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins. A total of 130 surveys taken by 65 complete twin pairs were analysed.

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 The Jama Network
Authors: Kathryn J. Martires, Pingfu Fu, Amy M. Polster, Kevin D. Cooper and Elma D. Baron.

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