Your skin is constantly working towards protecting all your organs. But, how well do you understand your skin? Well, very little. We bring to you 10 amazing facts that not everyone knows about human skin!
Skin occupies approximately 1.73 square meters to cover our flesh and bones. It makes up about 16 percent of our body weight.
Meissner’s corpuscles, Merkel’s discs, Ruffini endings, and Pacinian corpuscles are the four main receptors in the skin that respond to pressure. Each receptor responds to a different type of touch.
Your skin acts as your body’s thermostat. When temperatures rise, sweat glands activate to cool the body down. When temperatures are lower, blood vessels in the skin tighten and limit the amount of hot blood that can reach the skin, preventing heat loss.
Skin color can range from very pale to very dark, depending on how much melanin the body makes. Everyone has the same amount of cells that produce melanin, which is made in the outer layer of the skin called the epidermis; but not everyone produces the same amount. The more melanin your body produces, the darker your skin.
Your skin sheds its dead skin cells on a daily basis, creating a new layer of skin every 28 days. Even while you sleep, your skin exfoliates itself, without your help. Dead skin cells can remain on the skin, so it is important to remove them with an additional exfoliator.
Dust is an accumulation of many materials, including dirt, animal dander, sand, insect waste, and even dead skin cells.
The skin’s surface is home to surprisingly diverse communities of bacteria, collectively known as the skin microbiota. The harmless bacteria that thrive on the skin can help immune cells fight disease-causing microbes.
Changes to the skin can be a sign that something is wrong. Rashes, hives, and itching may signal an allergic reaction, a bacterial skin infection, a viral infection, or an autoimmune disease. A mole may be a sign of skin cancer.
These are common misconceptions, Bank says, but there are some common culprits that can offset breakouts. Acne can be caused or aggravated by menstruation and/or pregnancy due to changes in hormone levels, sweating, humidity, some medications, and certain cosmetics or hair preparations.
Contrary to popular belief, sunbathing makes zits worse, not better. The initial, temporary drying effect and the blemish-concealing tan may fool you, but UV rays actually stimulate oil production.