Skin dictionary: Letter P

Skin dictionary: Letter P

Learn the meaning of words that tell you more about your skin, hair, and nails.
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Papules
(pap-yools)
A hard pimple. A papule is a firm type of pimple that happens when blocked pores get so irritated their walls break.

Pedicure (ped-ah-kyur)
A special treatment to clean, trim and shape your toenails.

Petroleum (pe-tro-lee-um)
A substance that is used to make a thick jelly-like product that can be used to keep skin soft and smooth.

Piercings (peer-sings)
Punching a hole through the skin and inserting jewelry through it.

Pigment (pig-mint)
The material in your body that gives your skin and hair its color. The more pigment you have, the darker your hair or skin. Also called melanin.

Pimples (pim-pulls)
Bumps that you get on your face and sometimes your neck, back, and chest. Also called acne. It happens when your skin makes too much oil. The oil mixes with dead skin cells and germs called bacteria to plug the little holes in your skin called pores.

Plantar wart (plan-tar wort)
A bump that you can get on the bottom of your foot.

Poison ivy (poy-zen i-vee)
A type of plant found in the woods that can give you a very itchy rash called contact dermatitis.

Poison oak (poy-zen ohk)
Like poison ivy, poison oak is a type of plant found in the woods that can give you a very itchy rash called contact dermatitis.

Poison sumac (poy-zen sue-mak)
Like poison ivy and poison oak, poison sumac is a type of plant found in the woods that can give you a very itchy rash called contact dermatitis.

Pores (poy-zen sue-mak)
Tiny holes in your skin, from which hairs grow. Oil comes out of your pores to help keep your skin soft and smooth.

Port-wine stain (port wyne stayn)
A type of birthmark that is purple, red or pink. It can get bigger as kids grow.

Protein (pro-teen)
Something found in certain foods that helps keep your body healthy and your nails and hair strong. Meat, fish, chicken, beans, cheese, and nuts all have protein in them.

Puberty (pyu-bur-tee)
When your body starts changing and you go from being a kid to being an adult.

Pumice stone (pum-iss)
A rock from a volcano that is used to smooth rough skin.

Pus (pus)
A yellowish liquid that can come out of an infected sore or pimple.

Pustule (pust-yool)
A pimple that's full of yellowish liquid called pus. A pustule is a more serious type of pimple that happens when blocked pores get so irritated their walls break.