oc·​clu·​sive | \ ə-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce occlusive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of occlusive

1 : serving to occlude
2 : characterized by occlusion

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So any oils that are heavy or occlusive more than emollient are a no-no and usually just leave me with breakouts. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "I Didn't Think My Skin Could Handle Face Oils—Until I Tried This Calming 'Dry Oil'," 26 June 2019 For the driest skin, reach for the heaviest, most occlusive oils. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 And even those with dry skin who use a face oil as a moisturizer may need another moisturizing product on top of that depending on how effective and occlusive the oil is. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "What You Should Know Before Using a Trendy New Face Oil," 13 Mar. 2019 Examples of occlusive ingredients that can cause acne are waxes, petroleum, and mineral oil. Ramona Emerson, Allure, "How to Remove Your Halloween Makeup and Face Paint Without Wrecking Your Skin," 15 Oct. 2018 Oils, in particular, have occlusive properties, which literally create a barrier between skin and the air—anything applied on top of them is basically done in vain. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 9 Best Skin-Care Tips I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Being a Beauty Editor," 13 July 2018 And instead of hydrating, occlusive ingredients trap humectants and emollients onto your skin, so your skin can stay hydrated and soft throughout the day. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 While milia can develop spontaneously or as secondary events during healing from burns, lasers, and microdermabrasion, other factors, such as genetics and the use of heavy occlusive cosmetics, may also cause spots to pop up, says Zeichner. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Eyelid Bumps 101: How to Identify Styes, Milia, and Pimples," 2 Mar. 2018 There were five mild adverse effects in the HGB-204 trial and nine serious adverse events, including two episodes of veno-occlusive liver disease, attributed to the chemotherapy. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Gene therapy helps patients avoid blood transfusion," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of occlusive

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for occlusive

Latin occlusus, past participle of occludere

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oc·​clu·​sive | \ -siv How to pronounce occlusive (audio) \

Medical Definition of occlusive

: causing or characterized by occlusion occlusive arterial disease

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