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Can Having Pimples Actually Be Good? Doctors Say Acne Sufferers Live Longer

If you were a typical teen, you've had to deal with your fair share of breakouts. When you left those hormone-unstable years, maybe your acne's improved and disappeared completely. You're probably thankful and don't want to look back at the times your acne made life unbearable. But researchers found that your acne might have actually helped lengthen your life!


According to UC Davis, 85 percent of teenagers experience some degree of acne. Teen years are already difficult because you're going through physical and emotional changes. Acne compounds these sensitive transitions by lowering your self-esteem and making you worry more about your image. This can lead to depression and anxiety.

But researchers have discovered that acne sufferers live longer and stay looking younger than the 15 percent of people who don't get acne. Why? Because people with acne have longer telomeres, and longer telomeres lead to a longer life, youthful looks, and less diseases. They found that some of the genes that make you more susceptible to acne are linked to some genes responsible for longer telomeres.

Don't be mistaken and think that getting acne helps you live longer – it's the genes that are good but not the condition. In fact, having acne can increase your risk for cancer and cause depression (even if you're not self-conscious about your looks). Treat your acne to boost your self-esteem and prevent increased risks for these dangerous diseases – you'll still enjoy the benefits of longer telomeres!

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Here are a few healthy remedies that can help alleviate your acne:

Tea tree oil. According to Healthy Skin Journals, tea tree oil is one of the best natural acne remedies. Tea tree oil kills bacteria on your skin and researchers think it's effective for sterilizing wounds, like pimples. Researchers also found that natural tea tree oil can treat acne as effectively as the pharmaceutical benzoyl peroxide, but with fewer side effects. It also helps treat dandruff when mixed with your shampoo and helps lowers any topical inflammation (not just acne). It's very harmless, but such a great sterilizing agent, which is why experts are considering using it in hospitals as a hand-sanitizing agent because it can kill resistant strains of bacteria, like MRSA.

Manuka honey. WebMD says that manuka honey promotes repair of tissues damaged by infection, like pimples. It also has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, so it can soothe and shrink painful pimples. Unlike pharmaceutical anti-acne creams, manuka honey won't dry out your skin or cause painful irritation (unless you're allergic). In fact, it has skin-rejuvenating effects because it's rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals (which is why it's often used in cosmetic skin rejuvenation masks). Unlike pharmaceutical acne medications, manuka honey is far from toxic, and some studies recommend that eating a bit of it daily helps prevent cancer.

Lessen your carbs, meat, and dairy intake. Researchers found that a few genes that help cause acne can be turned down by changing your diet. In particular, they found that lowering your intake of carbs, diary, and meat high in leucine (an amino acid) has been shown to lower the expression of these genes. They say that two diets that keep you healthy and nutritionally balanced while you reduce these intakes are vegan and Paleo diets.

If you've suffered from acne, know that it's a sign that you've got good genes that keep you looking young. But don't let acne itself make you sad and increase your risk for cancer – try these healthy remedies so you can get the best of both worlds: beautiful skin and a long life.