Skin Care Terminology and Facts Dictionary - E

earwax:also known as cerumen. Created by glands in the outer ear canal. Important for proper ear functioning. Moistens ear canal, helping to trap dust and dirt, preventing them from reaching the eardrum. Also prevents itchy ears.
eczema:a non-infectious inflammation of sensitive skin, different from regular dry skin because it is itchy. The iching leads to scratching, which leads to a red rash, which leads to more itching and scratching. Scratching can break the skin, leading to oozing out of a watery matter. Derived from the Greek 'ekzema' for 'weeping skin'.
enrich:in the food, health and beauty industry - refers to the fact that the nutrients (vitamins and minerals) lost or destroyed during the production process of a product are "returned" or replaced prior to packaging.
erosion:occurs when the skin has become damaged through infection, temperature (wind burn, frost bite, scalding, etc.), pressure or irritation. Results in loss of part or all of the epidermis (top skin layers).
exfoliant:specialty skin care products that help to remove keratinized (hardened) cells which build-up naturally on the skin's surface and in pores, ducts and follicles. Two types of exfoliants: a) Mechanical (scrubs, loofahs, etc.) and b) Chemical (Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid and Pyruvic Acid are the best known). For detailed explanations of the differences, working, action, procedure and what to look for see Nancy K Brown Home Page - RESOURCES - GLYCOLIC.
excoriation:crust area on skin, hollowed-out or linear in shape, formed due to rubbing, picking at skin or scratching.

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