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How can putting an antibiotic medicine on teen skin clear up acne?

Teenage acne is a dermatologic condition in which the pores become clogged with excess production of oil due to hormonal changes in puberty. When this happens, bacteria on the skin can also become trapped causing a localized infection which causes the pimple to grow and sometimes become a pus-filled whitehead. Antibiotics are but one tool in treating acne -- they kill the bacteria reducing the frequency and severity of the acne.

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