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

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Struggling with acne breakouts, but was able to get it under control. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "Can Bullet Journaling Save You?," 7 Sep. 2019 The online retailer not only carries your favorite acne or drugstore products but a handful of game-changing clean beauty brands. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The 12 Best Clean Beauty Brands Available on Amazon," 23 Aug. 2019 Squalene, black cumin seed oil, and algae extract clarify and balance acne-prone skin. Chloe Metzger And Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 29 Aug. 2019 For sensitive and acne-prone skin, this toner contains organic raw apple cider vinegar, which works to even skin tone and neutralize the skin’s natural pH, meaning less oil and less dryness. Los Angeles Times, "Rosacea treatments: 10 creams, lotions and salves that promise to save your skin," 28 Aug. 2019 The best way to explain my avoidance is that my previously acne-prone self was introduced to retinol through its prescription cousin, Retin-A, also known as tretinoin or retinoic acid. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "Kate Somerville’s Glow-Boosting Moisturizer Cured My Fear of Retinol," 19 Aug. 2019 Nussbaum recommends salicylic acid cleansers for those with acne-prone skin, while Mariwalla turns to peptides to produce more collagen and address other skin problems. Vogue, "Are LED Masks Dangerous? Dermatologists Weigh in on Instagram’s Favorite Face Mask," 1 Aug. 2019 While vitamin E can generally work for anyone, those who have oily or acne-prone skin though should be careful about using too much of it in their skincare routines. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "3 Reasons Why Your Skin Routine Needs Vitamin E," 20 June 2019 Having things like cellulite or acne shouldn't deter someone from buying a product. Samantha Sasso,, "Squish Beauty Is Here To Change How You Feel About Your Acne," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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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)


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

Kids Definition of acne

: a skin condition in which pimples and blackheads are present


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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