If you’ve been plagued by acne, good news: Turns out that you have a way better chance of aging more slowly than your clear-skinned counterparts, according to a new study. Scientists at King’s College London found that “people who have previously suffered from acne are likely to have longer telomeres in their white blood cells, meaning their cells could be better protected against aging.
Apparently telomeres are caps that are found at the tip of chromosomes, and longer ones help keep chromosomes from breaking down as cells age, which leads to wrinkles and cell death. So—while you may be driven crazy by acne earlier in life, the trade-off might lie in looking youthful for longer than your peers.
For many years dermatologists have identified that the skin of acne sufferers appears to age more slowly than in those who have not experienced any acne in their lifetime. …findings suggest that the cause could be linked to the length of telomeres which appears to be different in acne sufferers and means their cells may be protected against aging.