One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin; in particular, a condition characterized by red pimples on the face, prevalent chiefly among teenagers.
pimple, pustule, blemish, blackhead, boil, swelling, eruption, wen, styView synonyms
- ‘The onset of acne is usually around puberty, but in a minority of cases it may also start in adulthood.’
- ‘I have never really suffered from acne, but the skin in these areas is covered in blackheads.’
- ‘Around three-quarters of all teenagers and young adults suffer from acne.’
- ‘You can help prevent acne by gently washing your face twice a day with soap and warm water.’
- ‘The same medicines used for acne often work for whiteheads and blackheads.’
- ‘He has straight, mousey blonde hair and a pitted face which suggests he has suffered from acne at some point.’
- ‘In addition to the potential causes of acne, there are also many myths about what causes acne.’
- ‘Some dermatologists think that bars of chocolate and greasy fry-ups exacerbate acne.’
- ‘There is also no evidence that certain foods, such as fried foods or chocolate, cause or aggravate acne.’
- ‘Anabolic steroids, sometimes used by body-builders, can cause acne as a side-effect.’
- ‘Laser therapy appears to offer no benefit in the treatment of acne, according to new research.’
- ‘My face, neck, back, and chest are free of acne and any other blemish.’
- ‘Certain occupations and activities seem to favour the formation of comedones or acne.’
- ‘The glands remain immature until puberty, and it is the secretion of sebum that is associated with pubertal acne.’
- ‘This therapist had suffered from acne as a teen and the spots stayed with her as she got older, albeit to a lesser extent.’
- ‘In fact, androgen levels do not correlate with acne severity among people with acne.’
- ‘Fluctuating hormone levels that normally occur in adolescence can aggravate acne.’
- ‘He was the kind of guy who never had to worry about acne and pimples because he never had them.’
- ‘Aggressive scrubbing does not affect the oil deep in your pores where acne starts.’
- ‘Surely, there are greater crusades in life than fighting acne in adolescence and wrinkles in old age.’
Mid 19th century: via modern Latin from Greek aknas, a misreading of akmas, accusative plural of akmē ‘highest point, peak, or facial eruption’; compare with acme.
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