Skin Anatomy

The skin is the largest organ on the body and we need to protect it.

Why do we care about the skin?

The skin is the body’s largest organ, covering the entire outside of the body and weighing approximately six pounds. In addition to serving as a protective shield against heat, light, injury, and infection, the skin also:

  • Regulates body temperature
  • Stores water, fat, and vitamin D
  • Can sense painful and pleasant stimulation

Throughout the body, the skin’s characteristics vary (i.e., thickness, color, texture). For instance, the head contains more hair follicles than anywhere else, while the soles of the feet contain none. In addition, the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands are much thicker. 

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