black·​head | \ ˈblak-ˌhed How to pronounce blackhead (audio) \

Definition of blackhead

1 : a small plug of darkened sebum and dead skin cells that fills a pore of the skin especially on the face

called also comedo, open comedo

— compare whitehead
2 : a destructive disease of turkeys and related birds caused by a protozoan (Histomonas meleagridis) that invades the intestinal ceca and liver
3 : a larval clam or mussel attached to the skin or gills of a freshwater fish

Examples of blackhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So what’s the best way to actually get rid of blackheads? Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Please Tell Me How to Actually Get Rid of Blackheads Already," 29 July 2019 But like a rainbow after the storm, my blackheads started to diminish and my non-aggravated pores actually looked smaller. Braelyn Wood,, "We Tried The Foreo Luna 3 For Three Different Skin Types—Here’s What Happened," 12 Dec. 2019 This peel-off mask from Bio Miracle claims to remove blackheads, impurities, and excess oil, and minimize the appearance of pores. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "20 amazing gifts for beauty, makeup, and skincare lovers," 22 Oct. 2019 Really, only when your pores have developed comedones—blackheads or whiteheads. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "PSA: It’s Totally Fine and Normal to Have Visible Pores on Your Face," 23 July 2019 But once the skin is softened and the buildup is removed the congestion, blackheads, and acne should start to disappear. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "How to Pop A Pimple Properly, Even Though You Really Shouldn't," 27 June 2019 Unlike cysts, blackheads, or whiteheads, lipomas don't ooze or spew pus. Megan Decker,, "The 7 Biggest Dr. Pimple Popper Lipoma Extractions Ever," 5 July 2019 That’s why open comedones are also referred to as blackheads, Samantha Conrad, M.D., dermatologist at Northwestern Medicine, tells SELF. Sara Coughlin, SELF, "How to Treat Closed Comedones, the Acne You Didn’t Know You Had," 1 Aug. 2019 Salicylic acid dots target the pore-clogging gunk in your average pimple, clay and charcoal stickers remove blackheads, and hydrocolloid patches make quick work of whiteheads. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Spot Treatments to Save Your Skin from Breaking Out While Traveling," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of blackhead

circa 1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blackhead.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blackhead

: a small, inflamed area on the skin with a dark spot in the middle


black·​head | \ ˈblak-ˌhed How to pronounce blackhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of blackhead

: a darkened bit of oily material blocking a pore in the skin


black·​head | \ ˈblak-ˌhed How to pronounce blackhead (audio) \

Medical Definition of blackhead

1 : a small plug of sebum blocking the duct of a sebaceous gland especially on the face — compare milium
2 : a destructive disease of turkeys and related birds caused by a protozoan of the genus Histomonas (H. meleagridis) that invades the intestinal ceca and liver

called also enterohepatitis, histomoniasis, infectious enterohepatitis

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