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Out, damned spot! Study blames Shakespeare for zit aversion
Out, damned spot! Study blames Shakespeare for zit aversion

Sure, it was a guilt-ridden Lady Macbeth who cried "Out, damned spot," but a new dermatological study says Shakespeare's words might as easily apply to acne. According to a report by British dermatologists, Shakespeare is to blame for our obsession with clear skin. That's because his plays are so full of insults related to skin disease. "Thou art a boil, A plague sore, an embossed carbuncle," King Lear says to his daughter Goneril. "A pox upon him," a phrase that's lasted through the centuries, comes from "All's Well That Ends Well." In "King John," Constance says she could not love a man "Full of unpleasing blots...

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