Ultimate Skin Type Quiz

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About This Quiz

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.

Shea, olive and cocoa butters are the best moisturizers.

You can cause acne, dermatitis and eczema if you have sensitive skin and do this.

If you have sensitive skin, washing too often can cause acne and conditions like dermatitis and eczema.

What's an important word to look for on a moisturizer bottle if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin?

You'll want to seek out noncomedogenic moisturizers -- they're less likely to clog the pores.

These types of oil are great for sensitive facial skin.

Mineral, primrose and avocado oils are best for sensitive skin.

If you have dry skin, you might want to avoid moisturizers that contain ________.

Alpha hydroxy acids are too drying for parched skin.

If you have dry skin, should you use cleansers that contain soap?

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.

This is one more product that dry-skinned people should avoid.

Deodorizing and antibacterial cleansers sound like a great idea, but -- like so many other things, it seems -- they further dry out the skin.

This is the facial area that's usually oily on people with combination skin.

You know this one well if you have combination skin. The T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) is often a problematic, oily area.

People with this type of skin should probably avoid exfoliation.

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.

If you have combination skin, should you use different moisturizers for different areas of your face?

You can certainly try using multiple moisturizers -- it may work better than just one.

If you have this skin type, you're least likely to develop fine lines and wrinkles -- in other words, you might age more gracefully.

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.

What's probably the biggest factor in determining your skin type?

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.

These common preservatives found in skin products can really irritate sensitive skin.

Parabens -- including Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, phenoxyethanol, methylchloroisothiazolinone and formaldehyde -- have been linked to skin allergies.

If you have sensitive skin, should you use cleansers with a low or high pH?

The lower the pH, the gentler the product.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, how long should you wait after showering before applying facial moisturizer?

You want your skin to be as moist as possible when you apply lotion, so you should wait no longer than three minutes.

What can heightened hormone levels do to your skin?

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.

What's the best type of facial cleanser to use on oily skin?

Glycerin soaps help control oil without being too harsh on your skin.

Dabbing this on your face a couple of times a day will help keep oil at bay.

A bit of aloe vera gel will soak up oil and clear your pores.

If you have oily skin, should you still use moisturizer?

Steer clear of facial moisturizers if you have really oily skin. Keep applying that sunscreen, though -- but make sure it's noncomedogenic.

What kind of foundation should you avoid if you have oily skin?

You'll want to go really light on the foundation if you have oily skin, so stay away from cream-based products.

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