Here’s some great (and well-deserved) news for anyone who has ever suffered from acne. According to a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, you will age more slowly than people with clear skin (ah, revenge is sweet).
Scientists at King’s College London found that “people who have previously suffered from acne are likely to have longer telomeres (the protective repeated nucleotides found at the end of chromosomes) in their white blood cells, meaning their cells could be better protected against ageing.”
The study looked at 1,205 female twins, with a quarter of them having had acne at some point in their lives. After looking at their white blood cells and skin samples, it was found that those who had experience with acne had longer protective caps (aka, those telomeres) on the ends of their chromosomes. So what does that mean? Well, previous studies have shown that people with longer telomeres age slower, and this study found that people with acne have “significantly longer” telomeres. YAS, telomeres!!! Still don’t fully get what they are, but bring ’em on!
OK, so maybe all those mornings spent crying over red spots and expensive topical treatments were worth it??