\ˈzit \

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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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But what's really going on is the sun causing your skin to dry out and triggering more oil production, which can lead to more zits. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "13 Surprising Reasons You Keep Breaking Out," 20 Feb. 2018 Mario Dedivanovic, who is Kim Kardashian West’s makeup artist, douses his zits in it. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "A Guide to Megan Markle’s Favorite Anti-Acne Oil," 13 July 2018 And though, sure, some of them are totally bogus (lookin’ at you, toothpaste spot treatments), others are really, truly excellent, as one acne-prone Reddit user discovered after slathering rosehip oil over her face to treat her zits. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Rosehip Oil Got Rid of This Woman's Acne in Only 3 Weeks," 9 July 2018 Dressed in a grey hoodie, Justin recorded a video of himself touching his face and pointing to his zits. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Is Justin Bieber Trying To Show Support for Selena Gomez With His New Pimple Selfie?," 23 Mar. 2018 But despite the experts' best efforts, a lot of people still pick at their own zits from time to time. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "How to Pop a Pimple in 4 Easy Steps," 13 Mar. 2018 As for those existing zits? Dab on a salicylic-acid spot treatment (try Clean & Clear)—it roots out oil. Gina Way, Cosmopolitan, "Here Are the Secrets to Treating All of Your Breakouts," 15 Mar. 2015 How can a person look in a 10-times magnification mirror, with glasses on, before going out to a lunch-bunch party then return and glance at the same mirror, still with glasses on, and see a single whisker on one’s chin or a zit on one’s nose? Marcy Meffert, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s not you; it’s the Twilight Zone and your pills," 22 June 2018 The wolf-nose was the weirdest thing; but the worst (aside from the nausea) were the zits in my hair. Melissa Dahl, The Cut, "100 Women on the Wildest Ways Their Bodies Changed After Pregnancy," 30 May 2018

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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

: a small, red, swollen spot on the skin


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