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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Can You Blame Your Parents for Your Skin Problems?

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Many skin problems develop as a result of environmental exposure (sun damage, climate, etc) or the way we’ve taken care of our skin (poor hygiene, lack of moisturizer, etc). However, there are several skin conditions that may be beyond your control. In fact, genetics play a strong role in many dermatological issues. Inherited skin problems are collectively referred to as genodermatoses, or genetic dermatological disorders. The following are common skin problems that take place from the inside out and are often passed down from our parents:


Psoriasis is one of the most well-known systemic skin conditions. This type of scaly and itchy skin rash is a chronic skin disease. It is not only difficult to manage, but often hereditary as well.


Issues with dry skin or extra oily skin is also something that can be shared by a parent. Unfortunately, this can mean that your risk for battling acne is also an inherited problem. Genetic predispositions can affect the amount of sebum produced in the skin’s oil glands, and we know that oily skin is more prone to acne.


Contact dermatitis refers to a skin reaction from coming in contact with an allergen. While most people are sensitive to poison ivy, there are other types of skin allergies that are simply in your genes, such as a nickel allergy or certain soap or chemical. You may even be more prone to sunburns because of the skin type you were born with. Eczema is also a type of dermatitis (atopic), but this skin reaction is commonly associated with hay fever and asthma. This immunologic disease of skin hyper-reactivity can also be an inherited disorder.

While you may not like what your parents passed down to you in terms of your skin condition or skin type, there may be skin traits that you are happy to claim. For example, some people may find that their skin doesn’t show signs of aging as quickly as their friends. This may be a benefit that your mom or dad also experienced. While you certainly can’t change what genes you were given, there are ways to treat and manage inherited skin conditions. And some of these treatments may not have been around when your parents needed them.  Turn to Olansky Dermatology Associates for full service dermatology and advanced skin therapies for psoriasis, acne, eczema and much more.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!