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How Acne Became ‘a Disease of Western Civilization’

Acne was once rare. Today, up to 95% of American teens have it.

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In 1990, a Swedish doctor named Staffan Lindeberg traveled to the Island of Kitava in Papua New Guinea.

Kitava was home to a few thousand indigenous inhabitants — people whose lives were little touched…




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Markham Heid

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.

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