acne

noun
ac·​ne | \ˈak-nē \

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 \-​nēd \ adjective

Examples of acne in a Sentence

a teenager with bad acne

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For me and my acne-prone skin, BB Glo sounded like the beauty innovation of my hyperpigmented dreams. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "What Is Semi-Permanent BB Cream, and Why Are People Getting It Microneedled Into Their Faces?," 9 Nov. 2018 If your breakouts persist, a dermatologist can prescribe a one- to three-month dose of spirolactanone, a blood-pressure medication that's often used off-label to reduce acne. Cara Litke Sullivan, Redbook, "The 3 Most Important Things You Could Do to Get Rid of Acne and Wrinkles in Your 30s," 14 July 2015 Worse, another report from the British Skin Foundation found that one in five people struggling with acne has considered suicide. Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "The Scary Side Effect of Acne No One Talks About," 23 Feb. 2018 The product—which includes a peel, neutralizer, and mask—is described as a fit for those with normal, oily, and acne-prone skin. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "The Acne Treatment The Bachelor's Ashley Iaconetti Swears By for Stubborn Chin Breakouts," 27 June 2018 However, these medications are very drying and are therefore not the best choices for dry, acne-prone skin. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to choose a skin cleanser," 18 June 2018 The big cats are in dire need of better protection from the black market trade in their body parts, mainly to China, for use as traditional medicine to treat everything from malaria to acne. National Geographic, "New Alarm System May Stop Poachers In Their Tracks," 27 Apr. 2018 This can also be a side effect for some anti-inflammatories (pain killers), antihistamines (allergy medications), antibiotics, diuretics, as well as some drugs taken for acne, fungal infections, heart problems, and diabetes. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meds leave mentally ill vulnerable during rising temps, so take care with the Milwaukee-area heat wave," 29 June 2018 Others with more benign ailments, such as acne, faced higher rates. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "Ever been depressed? Had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future," 28 June 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near acne

acmic

acmite

acmonital

acne

acne rosacea

Acnida

Acnidaria

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acne

noun

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 \

Kids Definition of acne

: a skin condition in which pimples and blackheads are present

acne

noun
ac·​ne | \ˈak-nē \

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 \ adjective

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