Definition of benzoyl
: the acyl radical of benzoic acid
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There are certain ingredients that have proven themselves in clinical trials (benzoyl peroxide or glycolic or salicylic acid for acne) — use them.
Rather than squeezing, soak a cotton swab in benzoyl peroxide and dab it on the zit.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, benzoyl peroxide can remove the bacteria that causes acne.
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Origin and Etymology of benzoyl
German, from Benzoësäure benzoic acid + Greek hylē matter, literally, wood
First Known Use: 1837See Words from the same year
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