Skin dictionary: Letter M

Skin dictionary: Letter M

Learn the meaning of words that tell you more about your skin, hair, and nails.
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Manicure
(man-ah-kyur)
A special treatment to clean, trim and shape your fingernails.

Matrix (may-trix)
A little pocket in your skin where your nail grows from.

Melanin (mel-uh-nin)
The stuff in your body that gives your skin and hair its color. The more melanin you have, the darker your hair or skin. Also called pigment.

Melanocytes (mel-ann-oh-sites)
Cells in your body that process melanin, which is what gives skin and hair its color.

Melanoma (mel-ah-no-mah)
The most deadly type of skin cancer.

Moisturizer (moyst-yur-i-zur)
A lotion, cream or gel that can help keep your skin soft and smooth.

Moles
Small spots on your skin that can be brown, pink, black or other colors. They are usually normal and may be there when you're born, or can show up later in life.

Molluscum contagiosum (mull-us-kum kun-tage-ee-oh-sum)
A skin disease with a bunch of bumps (usually red) that kind of look like warts, but aren't. They are not serious but can spread easily.

Mongolian spot (mon-go-lee-un)
A type of birthmark that is grayish-bluish and can show up on darker-skinned babies when they're born.