You read that right - there may be a reason to be grateful for your acne. If you're like me and you couldn't possibly think of a good reason to have zits, this new information is going to blow you away. According to science, there are several reasons why your breakouts may be a good thing. Even if you never get truly thankful for them, you can comfort yourself with these facts next time a monster pimple threatens to ruin your day.
1. What Does Acne do for Skin?
A new research study finds that people who get acne may have built in protection against aging, helping them look younger for longer. The theory is that the system that drives acne can also slow aging, helping you look youthful and extend your lifespan. So next time you get a breakout, just think of how much longer you might live because of it.
2. Oily Skin Means Fewer Wrinkles
The research, which was recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, reports that people with oily skin seem to have fewer wrinkles than those who have drier skin. Up until recently, however, dermatologists weren't sure why this was happening. Now they have an answer.
3. The Answer is...
After extensive study, researchers were able to see that people with oily skin have longer protective caps on their chromosomes. These are called telomeres and are responsible for preserving your DNA. As those telomeres deteriorate with age, so too does your skin. When it takes longer for them to wear away, it provides you more years of youthful looking skin.
4. Gene Pathway G53 Also Plays a Role
How you age is partly determined by your genes so it makes sense that certain pathways can slow or speed aging. It appears that people with acne have a much slower progression of the gene pathway identified as g53, which hastens cell death, speeding the aging process. That means that if you get breakouts now, you may still look young when you reach your later years.
5. Taking Care of Acne
If you are prone to acne now, you can comfort yourself with the fact that all those clear faced girls will look way older than you in a few years. For now, take good care of your skin when you have a breakout. That means using targeted creams to reduce the appearance of the pimples. Never, ever pick at your zits, which can leave scars that will definitely not keep you looking young.
6. Keep Skin Clean and Clear
Even if acne indicates a slowed aging process, you still want to follow a good face cleansing routine. That means using a face wash that is designed for your skin type at least once per day. If you continue getting acne despite a good skincare routine, talk to your dermatologist about alternate treatment options.
7. Now Look Forward to the Future
Acne is more common among teens, but it can persist into adulthood. The best thing you can do is keep your skin healthy and learn to mask is at much as possible. Then, bask in the glow when you go to your 20th high school reunion and you still look like a fresh-faced senior.
Do you get a lot of acne? Does this news about aging excite you?