Skin dictionary: Letter B

Learn the meaning of words that tell you more about your skin, hair, and nails.
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Bacteria
(bak-teer-ee-uh)
Tiny little germs that are all around us. Some normally live on or in your body and are good, but others can make you sick. That's why it's important to wash your hands before eating and after you blow your nose.

Barrier repair moisturizer (bar-ee-er re-pare moys-chur-eye-zer)
A cream that protects your skin and keeps it moist. It can help treat eczema.

Benzocaine (ben-zo-kane)
A medicine used in ointments to stop pain on the skin.

Benzoyl peroxide (benz-oyl pur-ox-ide)
Medicine used to treat pimples. It kills the bacteria and gets rid of some of the oil and dead skin cells that block pores.

Biotin (By-o-tin)
A B vitamin that gives your body energy and keeps your nails strong. You can get biotin from foods like some types of nuts and fish, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and eggs.

Birthmark (burth-mark)
A mark that shows up on your skin when or soon after you're born. There are many different kinds of birthmarks.

Blackhead (blak-hed)
A type of pimple that looks black because the top of the clogged pore is open, so you can see the gunk inside.

Blood vessels (blud-ves-uls)
The tubes that carry your blood from your heart to the rest of your body and back again.

Broad-spectrum (brawd spek-trum)
Words used on sunscreens if they protect your skin against both types of the sun's damaging rays (UVA and UVB).