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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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 There's occlusive moisturizers, which help to form a protective barrier over the skin to lock in moisture. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Why Glycerin Is the Ultimate Moisturizing Ingredient in Skin-Care Products," 19 Mar. 2018 Armed with a set of military-grade response skills unusual for a paramedic, Mr. Shade rapidly applied HyFin occlusive chest seals, commonly used by medics in war, to block airflow into Mr. Mika’s body. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "Resisting the Label of Victim, but Forever Scarred by a Mass Shooting," 13 Jan. 2018 The occlusive oils trap the conditioning ingredients, reducing evaporation. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "6 Easy Ways to Fight Dry Winter Hair," 11 Dec. 2017

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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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The first known use of occlusive was in 1888

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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