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Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)

the fuel from mitochondria and is the chemical energy “currency” of the cell that powers the cell’s metabolic activities.

Amalgamation

a consolidation or merger.

Ablative

removal, separation

Abrasive

A substance used that is harsh and rough in manner.

Acanthosis

Thickening of the prickle cell layer or stratum granulosum.

Accentuate

make more noticeable or prominent

Acid Mantle

The natural acidity of the skin or hair, which helps to retard bacterial growth.

Acidophilus

a bacterium with slender rod-shaped cells, usually in chains, that thrive in acidic conditions and is beneficial to the intestinal tract

Acne

a chronic inflammatory skin disorder of the sebaceous glands that is characterized by comedones and blemishes; also known as acne simplex or acne vulgaris.

Acnegenic

When products produce quick breakouts in a matter of days.

Actinic keratosis

a precancerous skin growth usually caused by sun exposure

Active ingredient

The active ingredients list is the part of an ingredient label that must adhere to specific regulations mandated by the FDA. Active ingredients must be listed first on an ingredient label.

Acupuncture

A procedure used in or adapted from Chinese medical practice in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes or to relieve pain or produce regional anesthesia.

Additive

A substance added to another product

Adipocytes

animal connective tissue cell specialized for the synthesis and storage of fat