According to Dictionary.com, Cultural Dictionary, acronym is defined as “a word formed by combining the beginning letters of a name or phrase or by combining the initial syllables of a series of words.” Any technical industry has its own acronyms and the aesthetic/skin health industry is no different. We thought we would have some fun and test your knowledge of some of the more widely used acronyms. Acronyms are useful because they are usually easier to use than the entire expression they represent, and are easier to remember and write:
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1) Transepidermal Water Loss 2) Twice Daily 3) Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation 4) Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation 5) Intense Pulse Light 6) Extracellular Matrix 7) Natural Moisturizing Factor 8) Epigallocatechin Gallate 9) Treatment 10) Prescription 11) Epidermal Growth Factor 12) Matrix Metalloproteinases 13) Matrix Metalloproteinases Inhibitors 14) Sun Protection Factor 15) Trichloroacetic Acid 16) Beta Hydroxy Acid 17) Alpha Hydroxy Acid 18) International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients 19) Hyaluronic Acid 20) Deoxyribonucleic Acid 21) Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone 22) Hydroquinone 23) Glycosaminoglycan 24) Benzoyl Peroxide 25) Poly Hydroxy Acid 26) Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor 27) Actinic Keratosis 28) Basal Cell Carcinoma 29) Squamous Cell Carcinoma 30) Ultraviolet Radiation 31) Essential Fatty Acid 32) Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity