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Study may explain why some people get pimples

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The bacteria that cause acne live on everyone’s skin, yet one in five people is lucky enough to develop only an occasional pimple over a lifetime. What’s the secret?

In a boon for teenagers everywhere, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the University of California at Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute have discovered there are “bad” strains of acne bacteria associated with pimples and “good” strains that may protect the skin.

Their findings, published Feb. 28 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, could lead to new therapies to prevent and treat the disfiguring skin disorder.
 
 

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