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Skin facts worth knowing. Part 1

Posted by Melinda Fick on

Get to know your skin a little better with our quick skin facts.

1. Your skin is your body's largest organ.

2. The skin of an average person will cover an area of about 2 m².
That is the size of a standard doorway.

3. It makes up about 15% of your body weight. If you weigh 60kg; your skin weighs approximately 9kg.

4. There are 2 types of skin: hairy and glabrous (smooth).

5. Your skin is made up of 3 layers: epidermis, dermis and hypodermis (aka the subcutaneous layer).

6. The epidermis forms the outer layer and is the part of the skin we see with the naked eye. It contains (among others) cells responsible for skin colour, cells that are involved in the function of touch and cells that form part of the skin immune system.

7. The dermis lies below the epidermis and is made up of connective tissues, hair follicles, oil and sweat glands, blood vessels and nerves.

8. The hypodermis consists primarily of fat and connective tissue and is home to large blood vessels and nerves.

9. The epidermis is the thickest on the soles of your feet (1.6mm) and the thinnest on your eyelids (0.04mm).

10. The hypodermis (subcutaneous layer) is important for regulating both skin and body temperature.

That's it for part 1, but don't stray too far. Part 2 in our series will follow soon with facts from the mundane to the bizarre!



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