If you’ve struggled with acne as a teen or adult, new research shows that there may be a silver lining to your skincare woes. Study findings suggest that those with acne-prone skin may enjoy a more youthful appearance for longer than their acne-free counterparts. Here’s why.
The Link between Acne and Youthful Skin
Researchers at King’s College London performed a study involving 1,205 twins and found that those individuals with acne had longer telomeres than those without acne. Telomeres are protective nucleotides that are found at the end of chromosomes. In essence, they act as a “cap” to protect chromosomes from breaking down during the replication process. As we age, telomeres themselves begin to deteriorate, which eventually leads to the natural signs of aging.
The findings of this study, then, suggest that because people with acne or acne-prone skin tend to have longer telomeres, they may enjoy a younger-looking appearance for a longer period of time than those with no acne and shorter telomeres.
Skincare Tips for Clear, Healthy-Looking Skin
Although these findings might be good news for women and men struggling to keep acne at bay, this doesn’t mean that those with acne-prone skin should simply live with untreated acne in exchange for a younger-looking complexion. Fortunately, there may be a way to have both clear and youthful skin. Consider these skincare tips to help you achieve the look and feel of clear, healthy skin no matter your age.
- Cleanse regularly with a product that’s appropriate for your skin type. Oily skin types can use a foaming cleanser that helps to minimize the oil content on your skin, whereas dry skin types should stick to cream or oil-based cleansers.
- Moisturize. Just because your skin may be oily or prone to acne doesn’t mean that it can’t also be dry or dehydrated. When your skin becomes too dry, it responds by ramping up oil production, which can become trapped inside pores and lead to more acne.
- Eat right. While it’s not true that eating greasy foods will translate to greasy skin, there are some foods that can have negative effects on your skin. Sugar and dairy are two of the most common culprits, so limiting these ingredients in your daily diet may help to clear your complexion (Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology).
- Know which nutrients to include in your skincare, such as fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids and peptides. These ingredients may help to improve the overall tone and texture of your skin by nourishing collagen and providing gentle moisturization and free radical protection.
Skinbetter science Daily Treatment Cream EYE contains a powerful concentration of vitamin C, which possesses strong antioxidant and skin-brightening properties. You can find collagen-nourishing amino acids in Intensive Treatment LINES, and the AlphaRet® formula contains an ultra hydrating blend of squalane, niacinamide, ceramides and fatty acids to provide deep moisture, as well as a potent blend of antioxidants that helps provide protection against free radicals.
Finally, you could have a reason to thank your acne-prone skin, because it might be the reason why your complexion seems to age more slowly than others. But for most people, these findings offer hope for only half of the equation. For youthful-looking and clear skin, adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as wearing daily sunscreen, eating healthfully, getting regular exercise, and establishing and following a consistent skincare routine that contains nourishing and hydrating ingredients.