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Acne Is The Key to Long-Term Youth

If you’ve ever suffered from acne, you probably known the pain of trying every facial cleanser in the Target aisle, changing moisturizers and exfoliators and makeup at the expense of your skin, maybe even trips to the dermatologist every few months. Finally, my pimple-prone friends, science is on our side. 

According to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, signs of aging that appear on your face, such as the thinning of skin and the appearance of wrinkles, appear much later in life for those who have fought acne. 

As Cosmopolitan reports, the study looked at more than 1,200 sets of female twins, with a quarter of them having experienced acne. Those who’d had acne? Their white blood cells and skin samples showed longer “protective caps,” or “telomeres,” at the ends of their chromosomes.

The telomeres prevent chromosomes from weakening. As they get smaller over time, the skin ages, which means that people with longer telomeres age more slowly. 

We know how much of a pain acne is now, but just think how great it will be have the greatest skin later in life.

Sarah Nelson is senior at the University of Iowa pursuing a Journalism major, English minor, and Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication Certificate. When she's not binge-watching One Tree Hill or Jane the Virgin on Netflix (again), she's is probably rereading the Harry Potter series or writing for her blog, SarahNdipity. With an addiction to books and coffee, Sarah hopes to take the world by storm as a book editor. Or social media marketer. Or blogger. (She hasn't quite made up her mind yet, but that's okay because who says you have to be just one thing?)