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Skin Cells Can Transform To Help Fight Acne
A new study reveals that the fibroblasts in tissue surrounding acne infections play an active role in the body’s immune response—and that existing treatments help trigger them to do so.
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Skin Cells Can Transform To Help Fight Acne
Skin Cells Can Transform To Help Fight Acne

A new study reveals that the fibroblasts in tissue surrounding acne infections play an active role in the body’s immune response—and that existing treatments help trigger them to do so.

A new study reveals that the fibroblasts in tissue surrounding acne infections play an active role in the body’s immune response—and that existing treatments help trigger them to do so.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, KURAPY11

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