It might be cold comfort for those of you struggling with bad skin right now, but a new study has found that people with acne tend to have younger-looking skin as they grow older.
Comparing genetic information from women with and without acne, the study found that acne-prone women had significantly longer telomeres (or chromosome caps) than their clear-skinned counterparts, which means their cells were better protected from the deterioration that usually comes with age.
As the UK National Health Services explains, for years, dermatologists have been noticing that people who have had acne show signs of ageing later than those who have never had the skin condition.
On average, women who'd experienced acne before had noticeably longer telomeres (mean 7.17 kilobases) than women who'd never had acne (mean 6.92 kb) - after factors such as age, weight, and height were taken into account.
But for those having a tough time with their skin right now, it's nice to know that you might end up having the last laugh.