Individuals who had acne during their teen years earned higher grades in high school and were more likely to complete their bachelor’s degrees, according to a new study in the Journal of Human Capital.

Researchers used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to investigate the association between having acne in middle to high school and subsequent educational and labor market outcomes.  In addition to its link to better grades and a greater likelihood of graduating college,  acne was also associated with higher personal labor market earnings for women, the study showed.

The researchers speculate that students who had acne may have been more likely to study instead of socializing because they felt less attractive.