How much do we really know about our skin?

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How much do we really know about our skin?

We know that our bodies are covered with skin but, how much do we really know about our skin and the vital roles that it plays in gaining good health?

Here are some facts about the skin that we may not have heard about:

  • Skin is the largest organ in the body and makes up about 16 percent of our body weight.
  • There are four main receptors in the skin that respond to pressure and each receptor responds to a different type of touch.
  • It plays an important role in regulating the body temperature and acts as our body’s thermostat.
  • Skin color or tan can be different, from very pale to very dark, depending on how much melanin the body produces. The more melanin our body produces, the darker our skin will be.
  • Our skin regenerates itself on a daily basis. But, dead skin cells can remain on the surface, so it is very important to remove them with an exfoliator. How often we should exfoliate depends on our skin type.
  • Dust at our homes is partly made up of dead skin cells.
  • The skin's surface is home for millions of harmless bacteria, known as the skin microbiota, that can help immune cells fight against microbes.
  • Changes in the skin can reveal a lot about our health. They can be sign that something isn’t right. Rashes, hives, and itching may signal an allergic reaction or bacterial infection. A mole can be a sign of skin cancer.
  • Pimples are not caused by dirt neither from diet. They can be caused due to hormonal changes, sweating, humidity, medications, and cosmetics.
  • Sun exposure does not make the skin better, but worse, even though it doesn’t look like that at first. The harmful UV rays actually stimulate the oil production which blocks pores and leads to breakouts.

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