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Fact or Fiction: Skin Care
by Staff
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.

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  • almost fact: Slow down there, partner; twice daily is all the face washing you need.

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

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  • almost fact: You should drink closer to 2 gallons (7.5 liters) for adequate skin hydration.

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

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  • almost fact: Hot showers don't have any effect on your skin.

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

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  • almost fact: You'll actually want to avoid products with high alcohol contents if you suffer from dry skin.

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

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  • almost fact: It's actually humectants that perform that role.

People with oily skin shouldn't use moisturizers.

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  • almost fact: People with oily skin only need moisturizers in drier seasons.

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

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  • almost fact: Eczema sufferers can use doctor-approved moisturizer, but nothing else.

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

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  • almost fact: The T-zone is actually made up of cheeks, chin and neck.

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

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  • almost fact: Acne affects 25 percent of adults between the ages of 25 and 44.

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.

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  • almost fact: It's actually 40 percent.