The skin is your body’s largest organ, weighing a whopping 8 pounds on average and covering about 22 square feet! That’s like wearing a living, breathing coat 24/7. Each inch of skin acts as a protective barrier between the external environment and the inside of the body, shielding the internal organs against heat, light, injury and infection. Here are some of the most interesting facts about your skin:
It’s a Microcosm of Life: Every inch of skin houses a bustling metropolis: 19 million cells, 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, and 1,000 nerve endings. It’s like a tiny city constantly working to keep you healthy.
Renewal at its Finest: Forget about 7-year-itch, your skin renews itself every 28 days! That’s like constantly wearing a fresh new outfit made by billions of microscopic tailors.
More Than Just Beauty: Sure, it’s our canvas for self-expression, but skin does so much more. It regulates temperature, protects us from the environment, manufactures Vitamin D, and even stores fat and water.
It’s Thick and Thin: Different surface areas of your skin can be thinner or thicker, with the eyelids having the thinnest skin. The skin is thicker on the soles of the feet and palms of your hands.
Goosebumps: Nature’s Insulation: When it’s cold, tiny muscles in your skin contract, causing your hair to stand on end. This traps air close to your body, providing a mini-insulation boost.
It Talks in Sweat: Don’t just see sweat as gross. It’s your body’s way of cooling down and communicating. Different types of sweat glands produce different kinds of sweat, some even containing pheromones that can influence others’ perceptions of you.
It’s waterproof: The anatomical makeup of the upper and lower layers of skin make it waterproof! Keratin is one of the main components of the skin’s waterproof barrier. Because this protein cannot dissolve in water — meaning it’s “water insoluble” — it seals the skin barrier and prevents water from breaking through.
Your Skin is Hiding a Secret: If there was a time in your past that you were not careful about using sunscreen, UV photos can reveal the sun damaged that can’t be seen in the mirror. Hopefully, you’re diligent about applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily now!
It’s a Mirror to Your Health: Your skin can reflect internal imbalances and issues. Acne, eczema, psoriasis, and even wrinkles can be early signs of underlying health problems. Pay attention to your skin’s whispers, it’s trying to tell you something!
Love Your Skin, It Loves You Back: Treat your skin with the respect it deserves. Sun protection, hydration, a healthy diet, and stress management are key to keeping it glowing and functioning at its best. Remember, a happy skin is a healthy you!
These are just a few of the amazing facts about your skin. It’s truly a wonder of nature, so take a moment to appreciate this incredible organ and everything it does for you every single day.
There are hundreds of conditions that can affect the skin; many of them look incredibly similar and are difficult to distinguish one from another. If needed, schedule an appointment online at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center or by calling 330-425-7600 for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Cohn is a Board Certified Dermatologist who provides her patients with the newest, most advanced techniques in dermatology and dermatologic cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Cohn has specialty training and extensive experience in pediatric dermatology, skin cancer and skin of color. She also specializes in procedures for improving aging skin including: laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, fillers, sclerotherapy for large varicose and spider veins, hair loss in women, and alpha hydroxy acids for skin rejuvenation.