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It starts with Clearasil, then moves on to stronger stuff: birth control pills, antibiotics, Retin-A, or the nuclear option, Accutane.
These days, there’s an arsenal of treatments for that common adolescent scourge, acne vulgaris, and the beleaguered teenager may be forgiven for thinking that it will all go away when she hits adulthood.
More and more women are battling breakouts along with their wrinkles these days, and while there is no cure for either, some promising treatments are on the horizon, from subantimicrobial treatments — low-dose antibiotics — to vitamins and light therapy.
Research by a joint team at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California at Los Angeles has found that the “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria found on people’s skin and in their intestines can determine whether they have acne or not.
But don’t expect a miracle cream just yet, said Huiying Li, one of the lead researchers in the study.
“We’ve still got years of work to do before anything appears on the market,” she said. There are, at any one time, 40 million to 50 million people suffering from acne, and it’s not clear why the number of adults are growing, said a report from the American Academy of Dermatology — perhaps just more adults seeking treatment.
Adult acne affects 45 percent of women aged 21 to 30, 26 percent of
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