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Hygiene hypothesis

Not exactly about acne, but nontheles an interesting read.

The prevailing hypothesis concerning the development of allergy and probably autoimmune disease is the "hygiene hypothesis," which states that people in "hygienic" societies have higher rates of allergy and perhaps autoimmune disease because they -- and hence their immune systems -- have not been as challenged during everyday life by the host of microbes commonly found in the environment.

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they say the same thing about asthma. here in Australia we have one of the highest percentages of asthma sufferers - more so than Europe - and yet our air is no where near as polluted.

just some useless info I thought i'd share...

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