Amazing facts about the skin you’re in

The skin is an amazing thing! Did you know that it is your bodies largest organ? Or how about the fact that the average adult’s skin spans 21 square feet? There are so many things that we can learn about our skin that will absolutely amaze us! Here are some amazing skin facts that you may not have known:

  • Skin is the largest organ on our body and makes up about 16% of our entire body weight
  • Skin plays a large role in temperature regulation. When it’s too hot, it produces sweat to help us cool down. When it’s too cold pores become smaller to help us retain heat.
  • Skin regenerates itself and produces a new layer every 28 days
  • A large part of dust is dead skin cells. It accounts for 1 billion tons of dust in the atmosphere.
  • Millions of bacteria live on our skin. Most are harmless and can actually help immune cells to fight disease
  • Changes to your skin can be a signal that something is wrong
  • The average adult’s skin contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels
  • Some people don’t have fingerprints. This condition is caused by two rare genetic conditions called Naegeli syndrome and Dermatopathia Pigmetosa Reticularis. Perfect for burglars.
  • Your skin sheds 50,000 cells every minute
  • Our skin has at least 5 types of receptors that respond to pain and touch
  • There are two different types of skin: Hairy and glabrous
  • The thinnest skin is found on your eyelids – it is 0.02mm thick
  • The thickest skin is found on your feet – it is 1.4mm deep
  • Our sweat actually doesn’t produce a smell, it’s the bacteria in it that causes body odour.
  • 1 in 110, 000 people experience a condition called albinism where their skin does not produce melanin. They show a lack of pigment in their skin
  • 1/20 women and 1/100 men suffer from acne
  • 4/5 teenagers get some form of acne
  • Our skin protects our internal organs, muscles, and bones from disease and infection
  • The average human sheds 9 pounds of dead skin cells per year

As you can see, our skin is an amazing thing. Not only does it affect our outward appearance, but it also helps to protect our bodies from infection, keeps us warm or cool, and fights disease. And given that it is the largest organ on our body, it is extremely important that we do everything we can to protect it and care for it. Living a healthy lifestyle, wearing daily sunscreen, washing and moisturizing regularly, and getting regular facials can all contribute to healthy and beautiful skin. By protecting your skin, you are helping your skin protect you!

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