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Why Hasn’t Science Solved Acne Yet?

Dermatologists are cautiously optimistic that a new vaccine could work better than so many other flawed treatments.
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There are dozens, if not hundreds, of theories on preventing and treating acne. Some people swear by supplements. Others sing the gospel of giving up dairy or even drinking dog pee in order to eliminate the pesky (and sometimes painful) bumps. But even the best, most scientifically backed treatments can cause problems, such as dry skin, sensitivity to sunlight, and birth defects.

These imperfect remedies make it particularly exciting that there’s a in development. But even that,

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