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Acne Might Help Prevent WHAT?

ou buy one cream to fight acne and another to prevent wrinkles. But what if the very presence of acne could combat signs of aging? This isn’t science fiction, folks; a new study from King’s College in London found acne could play a role in protecting your skin against aging. We talked to Dr. Bruce E. Katz, M.D., director of Juva Skin & Laser Center about what the study means for your skin.

The results published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that subjects who had acne when they were younger had longer telomeres in their 50s – and therefore less wrinkles. What exactly are telomeres and what do they have to do with anti-aging?

Telomeres are basically the ends of chromosomes that are made up of subunits of DNA and RNA called nucleotides that protect your cells from deteriorating. As people age, telomeres get shorter and shorter.

The study shows there is an association between people who have had acne and the fact that their telomeres do not shorten over time as much as people who do not have acne.

So, their skin appears to age more slowly?


Does this mean we should stop treating our acne?

It doesn’t mean we should stop treating acne by any means. If we don’t treat acne, it can result in scars.

So, what’s the best way to stop a serious breakout in its tracks?

Don’t pop them at home, as it can lead to more scarring. The best way to treat acne is to come and see your dermatologist for a treatment plan that’s best for you.

So while we can’t exactly gloat to our smooth-skinned friends the next time we get a breakout, we’ll know that in time, we may be looking younger. Just give us a few decades.

The information presented is intended to be of general informational use and is not intended to constitute medical advice, probable diagnosis or recommended treatments. Please take an individual approach and consult your physician on which medical choice is best for you.

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