Is there any natural selection going on here?
I don’t really know whether humans would have got as bad acne 10,000 years ago as compared with now, but I really do wonder.
Given the state of how both boys and girls with acne were treated in my school and especially how few dates the dudes got, I’m wondering what type of natural selection bias there was against those with spots.
I know that evolutionarily we tend to prefer those of our species with the fewest blemishes, since this indicates a strong immune system.
But I’m also wondering whether or not there’s some “cool scar” status going on here. I’ve read that apparently scars can be a badge of honor amongst males in certain African tribes, since it shows resilience to a (presumably) bad or harsh environment.
Could it be possible that the scars (or pockmarks) from acne are ever treated in the same way? As in, “these guys survived this particular ailment and must thus be fitter”?
Is there any current thinking on the subject?