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Here's why your dreaded acne could be good in the long run

Say, what?

By Grace Back

If you're no stranger to the occasional pimple or even a full blown pizza face, don't sweat because ~science~ has proven that things will get better for people who have acne.

Researcher's from King's College London conducted a study where they discovered that people who have acne in their teens and twenties will have better, more youthful skin in their forties and fifties, and may also live longer. #Hallelujah.

Here's the breakdown: everyone has long protective caps called telomeres on the ends of their chromosomes in their white blood cells, which helps prevent the chromosomes from "deteriorating and fusing with their neighbours during cell division."

A helpful analogy that's been used is to think of telomeres as the biological equivalent of the plastic tips used at the end of shoelaces to stop them from fraying. As telomeres shrink over time, we age.

The research said people who suffered from acne had longer telomeres which slowed down the ageing process.

Lead researcher Dr. Simone Ribero said, “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… Our 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 ageing.”

Just be patient, kids!