Fact or Fiction: Skin Care

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About This Quiz

If you've ever had a trickster tell you that your epidermis is showing, have no fear. Your pal is just being clever by telling you the top layer of your skin is visible. It would be pretty hard to hide all of your skin; after all, skin is the largest organ in the human body, at 22 square feet (2 square meters). Since your skin is bound to show sometime, you should know how to care for it. Test your knowledge on that very subject in this skin-tingling quiz.

Wash your face as often as possible.

When you wash your face more than twice a day, you risk irritating your skin.

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You should drink about half a gallon (1.9 liters) of water each day to keep your skin hydrated.

At least half a gallon per day should do the trick.

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A nice hot shower is a great way to refresh your skin and clean out your pores.

No matter the season, long, steamy showers are bad for the skin. They leave skin dry and strip needed oils from the surface. Stay lukewarm when you're in the tub.

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If you have dry skin, you should seek out a cleanser with a high alcohol content.

Alcohol dries the skin, so skip if it your skin is already dry.

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Emollients are ingredients in moisturizers that retain moisture in the skin by absorbing it from the air or from lower skin layers.

Humectants retain moisture, while emollients provide moisture to the skin.

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People with oily skin shouldn't use moisturizers.

You're not off the moisturizing hook, people with oily skin -- you just need a lightweight, oil-free formula.

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Don't put anything on your skin if you have eczema -- you'll only exacerbate the itching and dryness.

People with eczema shouldn't use soap, but there are plenty of products they can use, such as non-acidic, non-soap cleansers and fragrance-free moisturizers.

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The chin, nose and forehead make up the T-zone.

If you suffer from combination skin, you're probably familiar with the T-zone. The chin, nose and forehead tend to be more oily than other parts of the face.

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Only 10 percent of the population experiences acne past the age of 25.

Acne: Not just for teenagers.

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It's always important to wear sunscreen -- even on cloudy days, your skin can be exposed to 20 percent of the sun's UV rays.

A cloudy, overcast day is no excuse not to lather on the SPF, as you'll still be exposed to almost half the sun's UV rays.

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