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Got the lowdown on acne? Test your skin-care IQ and see if you know how to banish pesky pimples.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What skin type is acne commonly caused by?

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The correct answer is: People with any skin type can experience breakouts, but acne is commonly caused by oily skin.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Adult acne can affect women up to their . . .

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The correct answer is: Adult acne can continue up to the 30s, 40s or 50s and is most common in women around menopause. In women, acne is most commonly caused by hormonal fluctuations.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Adult acne is a symptom of which of the following conditions in women?

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The correct answer is: In some cases, adult acne can be a sign of polycystic ovary disease in women. Other symptoms of polycystic ovary disease include infrequent menstrual cycles, signs of excess androgens in the blood and excess facial hair growth.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

When is it time to see a dermatologist for your acne?

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The correct answer is: Mild and moderate acne is often treatable with over-the-counter products, but if you have more than three large acne bumps, it's time to see a professional for a skin evaluation, according to YouBeauty.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What keywords should you look for when buying OTC acne products?

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The correct answer is: The most effective over-the-counter treatments for mild to moderate acne are salicylic acid, which exfoliates dead skin; benzoyl peroxide, which kills bacteria; and sulfur, which helps reduce redness. Depending on the type of acne, a dermatologist might prescribe antibiotics, retinoids, isotretinoin or birth control pills to regulate hormones.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which moisturizer is better for acne-prone skin: Lotion or cream?

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The correct answer is: If you have acne-prone skin, moisturize with a lotion rather than a cream. If your skin is very oily, try gel formulas or hydrating serums.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: The fat in fast food causes acne.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Aside from "McDonald's acne," which is common in people who operate fryers, it's not the fat in fast food that seems to cause breakouts; it's the processed carbs. This means that everything you've heard about pizza, burgers and fries causing acne does contain some truth, but it's not the fat that's to blame.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which milk is worse for your skin?

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The correct answer is: There is a strong connection between consumption of milk and milk products—such as cream cheese, ice cream and cottage cheese—and breakouts. The reason? Much of the milk we drink is produced by pregnant cows and contain high levels of hormones that can send oil glands into overdrive. Skim milk seems to be more inflammatory, possibly because whole and partial fat milk have higher levels of estrogen, which can reduce acne and offset other hormones.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Where does adult acne accumulate on the face?

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The correct answer is: Teenage acne accumulates around the oily t-zone area (forehead, nose and chin), but adult acne clusters along the jawline. And while teenage acne treatments include alcohol-based astringents, adults should stay away from harsh exfoliating and drying ingredients, as the jawline isn't oily. Use a salicylic acid-based cleanser, and keep products to a minimum to avoid irritation. There can be too much of a good thing when it comes to skincare products.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Itchy and bright red acne is caused by . . .

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The correct answer is: Exercise-induced acne is its own special breed and is usually itchy and bright red. It flares on the forehead, jawline, neck, chest and back, all areas where sweat lingers.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How long does it take for sweat on your skin to cause acne?

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The correct answer is: For anyone prone to workout-linked breakouts, letting sweat sit on skin for just 20 minutes can cause acne. Hit the showers after your workout with a salicylic acid-laced body wash for your best defense.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can cause acne?

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The correct answer is: The combination of bacteria, oil and friction from wearing headbands or helmets with chin straps, or from cradling your phone against your face, can cause contact acne.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: The dark color of blackheads is actually trapped dirt.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A blackhead is a partially blocked pore, where trapped dead skin cells, sebum and bacteria have seeped to the surface. The dark color is caused by the melanin in your skin reacting with the oxygen in the air. To avoid blackheads, make sure you wash your face every night before bed, and avoid picking your skin at all costs.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Acne rosacea is more common in . . .

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The correct answer is: Acne rosacea is another name for rosacea, which is more common in women. Certain types of rosacea can cause acne-like blackheads and red bumps. Symptoms of acne rosacea include a red rash on cheeks, forehead, nose and chin; and visible blood vessels, as well as bumps and pimples.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Want to ditch all those drugstore creams and cleansers? What natural oil is the most effective acne treatment?

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The correct answer is: Tea tree oil, made from the leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia, can be an effective and natural way to fight breakouts. One study found that while tea tree oil took longer to work than benzoyl peroxide, it had fewer undesirable side effects.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What should you sip at your next girl's night out to help reduce inflammation in the skin?

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The correct answer is: Flavonoids found in red wine, colorful fruits and veggies and green tea all may have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin that can reduce acne flare-ups.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

If you think something you're eating is the culprit behind your acne, how long should you go without the suspected trigger food to see a difference?

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The correct answer is: If you believe certain foods or beverages may be your acne trigger, avoid them for four weeks to see if your skin improves.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Let's sort this out once and for all: Does chocolate cause acne, or not?

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The correct answer is: Maybe. (Sorry.) Experts thought they had debunked the chocolate-pimple connection, but recent research suggests chocolate may at least aggravate acne, if not cause it. Your best bet for clear skin, according to YouBeauty: Choose 72 percent dark chocolate. Both 100 percent cacao bars and heavily sweetened milk chocolate can contain more substances that trigger zits.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these breakfast foods could help prevent breakouts?

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The correct answer is: Regularly exfoliating your skin helps prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Oatmeal is a granular exfoliant cleanser that you can use in the shower to scrub all of your acne-prone parts. Oatmeal is a natural exfoliant, but you can also use a soft-back brush or a long loofah.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Sometimes a good thing can in fact be bad for your skin. Which of these may cause acne?

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The correct answer is: Believe it or not, water could be causing your acne. Eighty-five percent of water in the U.S. is hard water, which has a high mineral content. When you lather up in the shower, hard water causes a scummy, pore-clogging layer to form on your skin. Result: breakouts. If you've tried cleansers, creams and other treatments and still have acne, it might be time to invest in a water filtration system for your home.

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