Does Having Acne Mean You'll Age Slower? These Dermatologists Say Yes



I think most of agree—there are few upsides to having acne. However, those of us who deal with breakouts are often comforted by the notion that our oily skin will keep us from developing wrinkles and other signs of aging. We don't know who started this rumor, but we have always been more than happy to believe it.

As it turns out, it is actually true that acne-prone skin types are slower to exhibit signs of aging (cue happy dance). But not for the reasons we once thought.

Teen Vogue reports that new findings from a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reveal that acne skin types can thank their DNA (not their excess oil production) for ageless skin.

The study explains that the “caps” at the ends of our DNA strands, called telomeres, increasingly shorten as we age. With shorter telomeres, our skin cells age and die more quickly, causing us to look older. But dermatological researchers at King’s College London recently discovered that acne sufferers' white blood cells tend to possess naturally longer telomeres. This observation suggests that acne skin types’ “cells may be protected against aging,” says dermatologist Dr. Simone Ribero. 

Researchers say that more investigation is needed to fully understand this phenomenon, but so far we're feeling a little less down on those pesky breakouts.

In the meantime, check out some of our favorite anti-aging serums for oily skin below!