sebum

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

Definition of sebum

: fatty lubricant matter secreted by sebaceous glands of the skin

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But if your body produces a lot of sebum (oil), the dead skin cells can get stuck in your pores, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Jessica Cruel, SELF, "12 Acne Treatments That Really Work, According to Dermatologists," 8 Aug. 2019 The key is to then find a way to whisk off the oil, with your own sebum and impurities in tow. Sable Yong, Teen Vogue, "Coconut Oil for Acne? Learn How It Can Help Clear Your Skin," 10 Sep. 2018 Gray hair can seem coarser because the oil glands in the scalp produce less sebum, which will result in drier and tougher, textured hair, says Dhiran Mistry of David Mallett Hair. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "How to Properly Take Care of Graying Hair," 4 June 2019 These are responsible for secreting sebum (oil) and the area is prime real estate for a buildup of sweat. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Why Is My Skin Always Oily Halfway Through the Day No Matter What?," 20 May 2019 On the other hand, if your skin is oily, that’s because your skin produces too much oil (sebum). Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "What You Should Know Before Using a Trendy New Face Oil," 13 Mar. 2019 First, the liquid uses willow bark and BHA to deep clean pores and dissolve sebum, and tannin supposedly tighten and shrink the look of pores, ultimately priming the face for a dewy dumpling glow. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "The Toner That Will Make Your Selfies Look So Good," 24 May 2018 In the Skincare Addiction subreddit, source of beauty tips both questionable and profound, one Redditor posted a query about Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, a K-beauty serum hailed for its ability to dispense sebum and blackheads. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Redditors Swear Cosrx's BHA-Packed Blackhead Power Liquid Clears Up Ingrown Hairs," 7 Sep. 2018 These chemical exfoliants can smooth fine lines, even pigmentation, and penetrate deeply into pores, dissolving sticky plugs of sebum and dead skin. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018

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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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sebum

noun
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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