Skin dictionary: Letter A

Learn the meaning of words that tell you more about your skin, hair, and nails.
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Acne
(ak-nee)
Another word for pimples, or bumps that you get mostly on your face.  Most acne happens when your skin makes too much oil. The oil mixes with dead skin cells and germs called bacteria to plug up the little holes in your skin called pores.

Allergic reaction (al-ur-jick ree-ak-shun)
When your body reacts to something that most people would not react to. Sneezing, itching or getting a rash are some ways your body can overreact.

Allergy (al-ur-jee)
Your body overreacts to something that doesn't cause a problem for most people. Sneezing, itching or developing a rash are some ways your body can overreact.

Aloe vera (al-oh veer-a)
A plant that is used to make a gel that treats burns, including sunburns.

Alopecia (al-o-peesh-a)
A disease that can cause your hair to fall out.

Angel kiss (ain-jel kis)
A type of birthmark that is pink or red and usually shows up on your face at birth. It's also called a salmon patch.

Antibiotic (an-ty-by-ah-tik)
A medicine that treats infections caused by germs called bacteria.

Asthma (az-muh)
A common disease that affects your lungs and makes it hard to breathe.  A lot of kids who have asthma also have eczema.

Atopic dermatitis (ay-tah-pik der-mah-ty-tis)
The most common kind of eczema, a disease that causes itchy, red, irritated skin.