Ultimate Skin Type Quiz

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Ultimate Skin Type Quiz
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Skin types vary from person to person -- and season to season for some. Test your skin care knowlege and find out your true skin type with this ultimate skin care quiz.
If you have extremely dry skin, you should look for moisturizers that contain these kinds of butter.
aloe and cocoa
olive and mango
shea, olive and cocoa
Shea, olive and cocoa butters are the best moisturizers.

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You can cause acne, dermatitis and eczema if you have sensitive skin and do this.
wash your face too much
If you have sensitive skin, washing too often can cause acne and conditions like dermatitis and eczema.
wash your face too little
use too much moisturizer
use too little moisturizer

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What's an important word to look for on a moisturizer bottle if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin?
super-concentrated
noncomedogenic
You'll want to seek out noncomedogenic moisturizers -- they're less likely to clog the pores.
hypoallergenic
natural
non-irritating
organic

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These types of oil are great for sensitive facial skin.
geranium, jasmine and citronella
chamomile, peppermint and cedar
mineral, primrose and avocado
Mineral, primrose and avocado oils are best for sensitive skin.
lavender, patchouli and sandalwood

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If you have dry skin, you might want to avoid moisturizers that contain ________.
hyaluronic acid
salicylic acid
alpha hydroxy acids
Alpha hydroxy acids are too drying for parched skin.
oil
parabens

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If you have dry skin, should you use cleansers that contain soap?
yes
no
You might think that all cleansers contain soap, but that's not the case. People with dry skin should find cleansers that don't have soap -- they're too harsh and drying.

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This is one more product that dry-skinned people should avoid.
deodorizing body cleanser
Deodorizing and antibacterial cleansers sound like a great idea, but -- like so many other things, it seems -- they further dry out the skin.
antiperspirant
sunscreen

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This is the facial area that's usually oily on people with combination skin.
forehead
cheeks
nose
the Z-zone
the T-zone
You know this one well if you have combination skin. The T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) is often a problematic, oily area.

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People with this type of skin should probably avoid exfoliation.
oily
dry
sensitive
combination
acne-prone
oily and acne-prone
dry and sensitive
Exfoliation can harm dry or sensitive skin. Even oily complexions shouldn't be exfoliated more than a couple of times a week, lest too many living skin cells be removed in the process.

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If you have combination skin, should you use different moisturizers for different areas of your face?
yes
You can certainly try using multiple moisturizers -- it may work better than just one.
No: find a moisturizer that works for both the dry parts of your face and the oily patches.

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If you have this skin type, you're least likely to develop fine lines and wrinkles -- in other words, you might age more gracefully.
normal
dry
oily
It's true that people with oily skin don't wrinkle as much, but, of course, they also run a greater risk of clogged pores and acne. Can't win 'em all.
sensitive
combination

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What's probably the biggest factor in determining your skin type?
diet
heredity
There are things you can do (for better or worse) that affect your skin type, but for the most part it's all in the genes.
environment
hygiene habits

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These common preservatives found in skin products can really irritate sensitive skin.
sulfates
emulsifiers
parabens
Parabens -- including Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, phenoxyethanol, methylchloroisothiazolinone and formaldehyde -- have been linked to skin allergies.
emollients

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If you have sensitive skin, should you use cleansers with a low or high pH?
low
The lower the pH, the gentler the product.
high

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If you have dry or sensitive skin, how long should you wait after showering before applying facial moisturizer?
Don't wait -- applying moisturizer to wet or damp skin will lock in more moisture.
You want your skin to be as moist as possible when you apply lotion, so you should wait no longer than three minutes.
At least 10 minutes -- you need your skin to get back to 'normal' before applying any products.

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What can heightened hormone levels do to your skin?
make it dry
make it oily
Heightened hormone levels can cause excess oil, which is why women can get oily skin at certain times in their menstrual cycle and during pregnancy and menopause.
make it sensitive

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What's the best type of facial cleanser to use on oily skin?
antibacterial
glycerin
Glycerin soaps help control oil without being too harsh on your skin.
lanolin
hypoallergenic
all-natural
paraben-free

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Dabbing this on your face a couple of times a day will help keep oil at bay.
dry ice
hydrogen peroxide
nail polish remover
aloe vera gel
A bit of aloe vera gel will soak up oil and clear your pores.
lemon juice

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If you have oily skin, should you still use moisturizer?
yes
no
Steer clear of facial moisturizers if you have really oily skin. Keep applying that sunscreen, though -- but make sure it's noncomedogenic.

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What kind of foundation should you avoid if you have oily skin?
cream
You'll want to go really light on the foundation if you have oily skin, so stay away from cream-based products.
powder
age-defying
full coverage
mineral
alcohol-based

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