In Your Skin: Some Facts on the Body’s Largest Organ

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In Your Skin: Some Facts on the Body’s Largest Organ

The skin is the biggest organ in our body. It is the most important organ of all the other parts in the body, since this protects all the other organs working inside our bodies. Imagine what we would look like without it. Just muscles knitted over bones and organs. Scary, right?

The skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and the subcutaneous fat. The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin. This part also forms new skin cells. So what we are really looking at as skin would be dead skin cells, and at the base of it would be new skin cells waiting to move towards the top of the epidermis. There is a cycle when it comes to cell formation of the skin. Dead skin cells flake off, and new ones move towards the top. Ninety five percent of the epidermis cells are working on new skin cells, and the remaining five would make a substance called melanin. Melanin gives out skin color, as well as for protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

The next layer beneath the epidermis is the dermis. This part contains all the blood vessels, nerve endings, sweat glands, and oil glands...

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