There are several descriptives that we could use to relate to the human organs such as – the heart is a hardworking organ, the lungs are athletic organs and the brain is an intelligent organ. But the skin, besides being the largest organ, is also the best dressed organ of our body! At the same time, the skin is also neglected and under-appreciated.
How well do we know our skin?
- ■ The skin is the largest, visible, functional organ of the body and the first line of physical defense.
- ■ If an average adult’s skin were to be spread out, it would spread to about 22 square feet and would weigh about 4 kilograms
- ■ The skin functionally regulates your body’s temperature by dilating and contracting its blood vessels against outside temperature to keep it at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit
- ■ 85% of humans develop acne and warts at one point or the other and is deemed as the most common dermatological complaint. Warts are caused by the human Papillomavirus which causes skin cells to rapidly multiply.
The skin is made up of three layers:
- ■ The hypodermis: This is the deep and innermost layer of the skin, the subcutaneous tissue which is made up of fibroblasts, connective tissue and adipose cells. The hypodermis acts as the energy reserve and the fats in this layer are re-circulated during extreme effort.
- ■ The dermis: The layer of the dermis is just below the topmost layer or the epidermis. It houses hair follicles, lymph vessels, blood vessels and sweat producing glands that help maintain the skin’s elasticity.
- ■ The epidermis: The epidermis is the outermost layer acting as a barrier against the outside forces. It is made up of flat squamous cells, melanocytes and basal. Melanocytes in the epidermis produce melanin and are responsible for the tone and colour of the skin.
It is extremely important to maintain a healthy skin. A healthy skin immediately reflects a healthy life style. Contact our counselors at Satya Skin Hair Clinic for more information.