\ ˈzit How to pronounce zit (audio) \
plural zits

Definition of zit

: a small, red, swollen spot on the skin : pimple got a zit on his face … drama that goes well beyond the pre-prom zit— Mike Blaxill et al.

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Examples of zit in a Sentence

“Look at all these zits—I'm hideous!” wailed the high schooler

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After you're done dabbing Vaseline on any zits, sweep a layer under your eyes, too. Allure, "8 Game-Changing Hacks You Didn't Know You Could Do With Vaseline," 22 Mar. 2019 Which means attempting to treat the occasional zit with classic over-the-counter products usually results in rashes, irritation, and flakes. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Tea Tree Oil Is the Best Acne Spot Treatment for Sensitive Skin," 24 Sep. 2018 Mainly because there are two categories of breakouts: non-inflammatory (think whiteheads and blackheads) and inflammatory (pustules/zits, nodules, and cysts). Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 That being said, zits that are open, oozing or crusted should be left alone. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Is It Harmful to Use Makeup to Cover Acne?," 9 Nov. 2018 In my case, that stress is caused by my bad habit of picking at every zit that crops up on my face. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "I Finally Found the First Hyperpigmentation Treatment That Actually Works on My Skin," 15 Mar. 2018 Wake up feeling refresher with that zit totally gone. Janell M. Hickman, Seventeen, "5 Life-Changing Skincare Tricks Women of Color Need To Know," 4 Feb. 2019 On Wednesday, Lucy Hale introduced us to an entirely new one: Icing zits with Redbull. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Hale Ices Her Zits With Redbull," 5 Sep. 2018 There’s something about making old dark spots and annoying zits disappear with the swipe of a wand (literally) that feels like magic. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The 5 Best Concealers for Acne-Prone Skin, According to Dermatologists," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of zit

circa 1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zit

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of zit

informal : a small, red, swollen spot on the skin


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