se·​bum | \ ˈsē-bəm How to pronounce sebum (audio) \

Definition of sebum

: fatty lubricant matter secreted by sebaceous glands of the skin

Examples of sebum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Acne forms as a result of a hair follicle that’s been clogged due to excess sebum and dead skin cells. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 Applying moisturizer after washing the face helps prevent dry skin, improve skin texture, balance sebum production, and slow the aging process. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 The foundation boasts sebum-controlling properties for those with oily skin, and the color range is impressive. Jacqueline Kilikita,, 30 Mar. 2022 If the sebaceous glands aren't producing enough sebum, the waxlike substance our body secretes, then a dermatologist will likely be helpful in finding a remedy. Patrice Grell Yursik, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Dec. 2021 Jojoba is almost bio-identical to your skin's own natural sebum and is an anti-inflammatory, while rosehip has antioxidants and anti-acne vitamin A, and grapeseed has antimicrobial properties. Megan Mcintyre, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2022 Because our skin cannot make these linoleic acids (found in omegas 3 and 6) on its own, incorporating them into your regimen can actually regulate sebum production, plus minimize clogs and breakouts. Jessica Ourisman, Allure, 11 Feb. 2022 Because men are more prone to oil than women, using a face scrub to combat excess sebum production is helpful. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 30 Dec. 2021 Instead, look for tea tree oil, which offers a deep cleanse of the scalp, or salicylic acid to help break down excess sebum on the scalp. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sebum

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sebum

Latin, tallow, grease

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17 May 2022

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“Sebum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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se·​bum | \ ˈsēb-əm How to pronounce sebum (audio) \

Medical Definition of sebum

: fatty lubricant matter secreted by sebaceous glands of the skin

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