Could Acne Offer a Silver Lining?


Woman taking care of her skinMany people experience acne at some point in their lives. While this condition can be bothersome and frustrating, there may be a silver lining.

Research suggests that people with acne-prone skin could have a built-in defense against skin aging, and here’s why.

It’s All About Telomeres

A study involving 1,205 female twins measured the length of white blood cell telomeres in all participants. Longer telomeres were more likely to be found in those participants who reported suffering from acne. Telomeres are sequences of repeated nucleotides at the end of chromosomes, and protect genetic material from deteriorating. As skin ages, telomeres eventually break down, leading to the common signs of aging.

Longer telomeres, which were found in study participants with acne, have been linked with fewer signs of aging.

Acne sufferers may enjoy more youthful-looking skin as they age.

Caring for Acne-Prone Skin

Enjoying wrinkle-resistant skin might be a perk for acne sufferers, but for clearer skin, the following skin care tips may be helpful:

  • Wash your face daily
  • Moisturize dry skin with an oil-free product that won’t clog pores. These products should be labeled “non-comedogenic.”
  • Use an over-the-counter salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide spot treatment
  • Avoid picking or popping blemishes
  • Talk with your dermatologist about prescription acne treatments or other skin care products that may be appropriate for your skin type.