The Ultimate Skin Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The skin is the largest organ in the body, so there's obviously a lot to say about it. We could write 100 "Ultimate Skin" quizzes and still not scratch the surface, so consider this quiz just the tip of the iceberg.

What are the three layers of the skin (from the outside in)?

Epidermis (outermost layer), dermis (connective tissue, sweat glands, hair follicles), hypodermis (fat, connective tissue)

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What percentage of people get acne at one point or another?

Eighty-five percent of us will get acne, the most common skin condition.

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After acne, what's the most common dermatological complaint?

Warts are No. 2 -- three out of four people will have them at some point.

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What causes warts?

When the human papillomavirus (HPV) enters the body, it causes skin cells to multiply rapidly and form a wart.

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What's the most dangerous type of skin cancer?

Melanoma is the big one. The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2008, about 8,420 people would die from the disease.

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What's the most common type of skin cancer?

Most skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas -- which, fortunately, are highly curable.

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Is it true that if you've had chickenpox, you can't get shingles?

You're actually at risk for shingles only if you have had chickenpox. Long after your chickenpox symptoms are gone, the virus stays dormant in your body and could resurface as shingles.

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What causes scabies?

Scabies happens when mites burrow through the upper layer of your skin, causing irritation and blisters.

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How do antihistamines soothe itchy skin?

When you have a reaction to an irritant, there's a chemical reaction in your skin. Antihistamines block that process.

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A dermatitis is a skin inflammation. What's the most common type?

Atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema, is the most common skin inflammation out there.

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