acneFinally, some good news for acne sufferers.

It seems people who have had acne, either in youth or as adults, live longer and stay looking younger for longer, too.

Strange as it seems, this is the finding of a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Scientists from King’s College, London, studied 1205 female twins. They found that those who¬†said they had acne when they were younger had greater protection against ageing built into their cells.

Basically, those who had suffered acne had longer telomeres than those who had always had clear skin. Telomeres are the caps on chromosomes that protect the chromosome from deterioration. The longer the telomere the longer you are likely to live and the later you will experience wrinkles and skin thinning.

The slower ageing is not a direct result of the acne, it happens because a gene linked to acne is also linked to longer telomeres.

While this may make acne sufferers feel better, it doesn’t, of course, help with the condition itself.

If you are suffering from acne or acne scarring book a free appointment so we can review your condition and explain treatment options.

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