New study says that the cells of ance sufferers are more protected against aging
Having pimples on your skin is probably the most annoying thing a person can experience in his/her teenage. People don't like acne because they feel that it is making them look unattractive and they always try to find ways to get rid of it. But a new research suggests that acne is actually good for your skin.
People who have previously suffered from acne will likely retain their youthful looks for longer, meaning acne slows down aging process and prevents skin from deterioration.
“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. Whilst this has been observed in clinical settings, the cause of this was previously unclear.” Lead author Dr Simone Ribero, a dermatologist from the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London said.
To find a link between acne and aging, researcher analyzed white blood cell telomeres in 1,205 female twins, while a quarter of them suffered acne at some point of their life.
Telomeres are an important part of human cells that affect the age of cells. They are protective caps at the end of chromosomes which prevent their strands from deterioration and aging. Telomeres gradually break down and reduce in size as we age and eventually result in cell death which is a normal part of human growth and aging. But researchers have found that people who have had acne in their lifetime have longer telomeres in their white blood cells compared to those with flawless skin. This means their skins could be better protected against aging and they will likely show fewer signs of old age such as fine lines, wrinkles and skin thinning.
“Longer telomeres are likely to be one factor explaining the protection against premature skin ageing in individuals who previously suffered from acne.” Study co-author Dr Veronique Bataille said.
Researchers suspect that the accumulation of excessive oil on the outer layer of the skin could be a reason for onger telomere length. However, the study has limitations and it does not confirm that the longer length of telomere is actually slowing down the signs of aging.
Dr. Simone Ribero says. “Our findings suggest that the cause could be linked to the length of telomeres which appears to be different in acne sufferers and means their cells may be protected against ageing. By looking at skin biopsies, we were able to begin to understand the gene expressions related to this. Further work is required to consider if certain gene pathways may provide a base for useful interventions.”