Adjective "acne" definition and examples

(Acne may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A skin condition characterized by red pimples on the skin, especially on the face, due to inflamed or infected sebaceous glands and prevalent chiefly among adolescents.
  1. 'He was the kind of guy who never had to worry about acne and pimples because he never had them.'
  2. 'Around three-quarters of all teenagers and young adults suffer from acne.'
  3. 'The same medicines used for acne often work for whiteheads and blackheads.'
  4. 'Anabolic steroids, sometimes used by body-builders, can cause acne as a side-effect.'
  5. 'Surely, there are greater crusades in life than fighting acne in adolescence and wrinkles in old age.'
  6. 'Laser therapy appears to offer no benefit in the treatment of acne, according to new research.'
  7. 'I have never really suffered from acne, but the skin in these areas is covered in blackheads.'
  8. 'My face, neck, back, and chest are free of acne and any other blemish.'
  9. 'The onset of acne is usually around puberty, but in a minority of cases it may also start in adulthood.'
  10. 'There is also no evidence that certain foods, such as fried foods or chocolate, cause or aggravate acne.'

More definitions

1. an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands, characterized by comedones and pimples, especially on the face, back, and chest, and, in severe cases, by cysts and nodules resulting in scarring.

More examples(as adjective)

"skins can be acne."


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.