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The Skin You Are In: 5 Fascinating Facts About Your Skin

August 28, 2018

The Skin You Are In: 5 Fascinating Facts About Your Skin

Our remarkable skin is truly a phenomenal organ. It covers 18.5 square feet of each one of us and makes up 16 percent of our total weight. Impressive this skin of ours. How well do you know yours? We are going to break down five fascinating facts that will leave you with a whole new respect for the skin you are in.

Four main receptors respond to pressure in the skin. They include Meissner’s corpuscles, Merkel’s discs, Ruffini endings, and Pacinian corpuscles. All four of these receptors respond to a different type of touch. According to David Bank, MD, director at the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York, “Meissner responds to light touch, Merkel to pressure and texture, Ruffini to stretching, and Pacinian to vibration and deep pressure.”

Your skin regenerates itself. Your skin is always at work on behalf of you. It never tires and never fails. “Your skin sheds its dead skin cells on a daily basis, creating a new layer of skin every 28 days,” Bank says. “Even while you sleep, Mother Nature is doing her job by making sure your skin exfoliates itself, without your help.” 

Skin plays an important role in regulating body temperature. Did you know that your body has a natural thermostat? It’s your skin! When the temperature heats up, your sweat glands activate to cool the body down. When the temperature drops, remarkably your blood vessels tighten and limit the amount of hot blood that can reach the skin, which prevents heat loss. 

Millions of bacteria live on the skin. “The skin's surface is home to surprisingly diverse communities of bacteria, collectively known as the skin microbiota,” Banks says. There are around 1,000 different species that can be found on human skin. Skin flora or skin microbiota is usually non-harmful or mutualistic, meaning the bacteria can even be of benefit.

Dust is partly made up of dead skin cells. Hold on to your seats for this stomach-churning fact. Dust is actually an accumulation of many things including dead skin cells. Insect waste, animal dander, and sand also play a role.

Your skin is a powerhouse. It’s living, dying and regenerating daily. It adjusts daily to its natural environment, protecting you. How we treat it matters. It truly is a divine masterpiece.

More Amazing Skin Facts:

In comparison to normal, healthy skin, scar tissue has no sweat glands, no hair, and differs in color from the surrounding skin.  

An astonishing 41,000 dead skills leave your epidermis every 60 seconds. The body loses 10 pounds this way every year.

References:

Environmental Microbiology by Burl Uhrig. 2017. Skin Flora. Pg. 172. Published February 17, 2017. Lulu.com

Raise Your Brain. 2014. 23 Facts About Skin – Interesting Human Body Facts. Published December 17, 2014. https://www.raiseyourbrain.com/23-facts-skin-human-body-facts/

 

Everyday Health. 2015. 10 Amazing Facts About Your Skin. Last Updated June 25, 2015. https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/10-amazing-facts-about-skin/




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