The skin is made up of its outermost layer, epidermis, a deeper layer called dermis, as well as subcutaneous tissues. Weighing in at an average of 6 pounds, it is the body’s largest organ. Let’s check out some other neat facts about the body’s protective casing:
- If all your skin was stretched out, it would span nearly 20 square feet.
- An autoimmune disease called Vitiligo causes the body to attack its own melanocytes, resulting in uneven skin pigmentation and coloring.
- The thin skin covering your eyeballs is only about 02 millimetres thick!
- There are 4 major receptors in the skin that respond to different kinds of touch.
- Over 1,000 species of bacteria reside on your skin - ewww!
- The skin is largely responsible for regulating body temperature to keep you more comfortable.
- Skin cells that produce melanin are called melanocytes. They are responsible for skin (and eye) coloring.
- Your skin sheds about 30,000 dead skin cells a minute!
- Your skin cells renew themselves approximately once a month.
- Certain types of skin bacteria that mix with sweat are actually to blame for body odor. Sweat in itself is odorless.
- Ever wonder how touch works? Receptors in the skin detect vibrations and pressure and transmit those signals to the brain through a network of fibers.
- The moist environment provided by certain areas of your skin, such as your belly button, genitals, underarms and between your toes encourages countless types of fungi and bacteria to thrive.
- Fat deposits in the subcutaneous tissues lead to dimpled skin called cellulite.
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