Researchers and skin experts have long noticed that people who’ve had acne actually age more slowly. Now, however, a study has medically proven this observation.

Skin Deep

When you’re young, having acne can be commonplace. But it can also be traumatic. Having pimply skin, especially on your face, can delay growth in self-confidence. But never fear, because years later you’ll be looking a lot younger than your peers who never had acne.

Here’s Why:

A new cellular study shows that people with acne have significantly longer telomeres. What are telomeres? They are protective caps on the end of chromosomes.
As we age, the caps weaken and shrink. They, unfortunately, can’t protect the cells as they once used to. This is how aging occurs—it’s the breakdown of the packages of DNA.
People with longer telomeres age less quickly. Hence, acne sufferers show fewer signs of aging, cellular skin-damage. Signs like thinning skin and wrinkles generally appear much later in life—for anyone with longer telomeres.

Other Factors to Consider

Of course, this scientific finding is only one aspect of why some people appear to age faster than others. Our skin is our largest organ. The degeneration of cellular structure occurs from more than just short or shrinking telomeres.

The Sun

One of the most harmful elements to the health of our skin is, of course, the sun. There really is no way of fully blocking the sun’s rays from our skin (unless you’re indoors, away from a window.) When outdoors, wear long sleeved cotton, sunglasses, and a hat. Suncreens are a must but try to use products made from minerals. Make sure your product of choice protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Oxybenzone and avobenzone are chemicals often found in sunscreen, which have proven to be hormone and endocrine disrupters. The toxins are absorbed into your bloodstream through the skin. A healthier option is a product with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, which sit on top of the skin and physically block the rays.

The Smoke

Cigarette and even marijuana smoking hampers blood supply to your skin tissue. It prevents rich, oxygenated blood from keeping your cells healthy. Smoking causes premature wrinkles and depletes collagen levels.

The Stress

Stress induces high levels of cortisol throughout the body. Cortisol degenerates collagen, the substance that keeps skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Practicing ways to reduce stress such as: getting proper rest, exercising, enjoying nature, meditating, reading, etc. can help keep your skin looking younger for longer.

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