acne

noun
ac·​ne | \ ˈak-nē How to pronounce acne (audio) \

Definition of acne

: a disorder of the skin caused by inflammation of the skin glands and hair follicles specifically : a form found chiefly in adolescents and marked by pimples especially on the face

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Other Words from acne

acned \ ˈak-​nēd How to pronounce acned (audio) \ adjective

Examples of acne in a Sentence

a teenager with bad acne
Recent Examples on the Web Now, fans of the Swimming Lessons author will know that this is far from the first time she's opened up about dealing with acne. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Lili Reinhart Shared the Most Relatable Photo of Herself Wearing Acne Stickers," 25 Oct. 2020 Due to years of acne, slathering on my full-coverage foundation is more of a security blanket. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Ilia’s Super Serum Skin Tint Replaced My Full-Coverage Foundation," 15 Oct. 2020 All skin types — oily, dry, normal, acne-prone and sensitive – can use this gentle cleansing micellar water. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "Best Prime Day 2020 beauty and wellness deals," 14 Oct. 2020 There are risks associated with taking birth control pills, and some types can actually make your acne worse. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "30 Dermatologist-Tested Tips for Getting Rid of Acne, Like, REALLY Fast," 1 Aug. 2020 The balm is made from soothing natural ingredients with a light sandalwood scent, and many reviewers say it’s a good option for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin, as it’s gentle and non-irritating. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "20 personal care products designed specifically for men," 8 Oct. 2020 Of course, non acne-sufferers get hyperpigmentation too. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "How to Get Rid of Dark Spots for Good," 28 Sep. 2020 There are a lot of products that are marketed toward kids with acne or people who want to smooth their skin, or fix their pigmentation. Akili King, Vogue, "Kimora Lee Simmons and Her Daughters Chat Baby Phat, DIY Hair Care, and Their Biggest Beauty Lessons," 25 Sep. 2020 Health plans could omit coverage for addiction, could charge customers higher prices because of a history of acne, or could simply decline to sell insurance to someone who'd had a cancer diagnosis. Margot Sanger-katz New York Times, Star Tribune, "Trump says he will protect those with pre-existing conditions. But he hasn't," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of acne

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acne

borrowed from New Latin acnē, acna, borrowed from Late Greek aknḗ "eruption on the face," manuscript variant of akmḗ, literally, "point" — more at acme

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29 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Acne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acne. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for acne

acne

noun
How to pronounce acne (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of acne

medical : a condition in which the skin on a person's face, neck, etc., has many small, swollen spots (called pimples)

acne

noun
ac·​ne | \ ˈak-nē How to pronounce acne (audio) \

Kids Definition of acne

: a skin condition in which pimples and blackheads are present

acne

noun
ac·​ne | \ ˈak-nē How to pronounce acne (audio) \

Medical Definition of acne

: a disorder of the skin caused by inflammation of the skin glands and hair follicles specifically : a form found chiefly in adolescents and marked by pimples especially on the face

Other Words from acne

acned \ -​nēd How to pronounce acned (audio) \ adjective

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