Acne Might Be Good for Our Skin


If you have acne (I have acne), then I have the coolest science news since that one report told us our laziness is a sign of intelligence. Acne could prevent wrinkles.

Kind of. Leave your pimples alone and pay attention: According to a study out this week by King’s College London, “[Scientists] have found that people who have previously suffered from acne are likely to have longer telomeres…in their white blood cells.” Which sounds really boring until I tell you what the hell telomeres are: nucleotide sequences found on chromosomes that basically protect your cells from breaking down and deteriorating. Never mind about nucleotide sequences because what happens in 10th grade stays in 10th grade, what they’re saying is acne-prone skin is likely to age at a glacial pace.

“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,” reports Dr. Simone Ribero, whom I just decided I genuinely love. “Whilst this has been observed in clinical settings, the cause of this was previously unclear.”

The term “consolation prize” has never rang so true. My chin is going to age so slowly. Now I’m mad that I don’t have acne under my eyes and all over my entire body. Not that there’s anything wrong with aging skin, but let me have this for, like, 24 hours. Ideas on how we can all celebrate this weekend:

1. Rub pizza all over our faces and then eat it.*

2. ‘Gram our acne and be like “#4EverYoung.”

3. Congratulate friends on newly acquired breakouts.

4. See older women with great skin and be like, “Omg you must have been a long-term sufferer of acne, your skin is amazing.”

5. Wildcard idea which you will supply in the comments. Love you.

*even typing that made me anxious

p.s. In the crawling meantime, a guide to adult acne.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.


Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman is the Features Director at Man Repeller.

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