Skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis (outer layer), dermis (middle layer) and hypodermis (innermost layer).
The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin.
The dermis is the thickest layer of skin and is full of collagen which gives the skin it's firmness. It has important roles to: produce sweat and regulates the body's temperature; produce oil; grow hair; distribute blood; protect the body, and define skin structure.3
The hypodermis is made up of fat and connective tissue. It’s what connects our skin to the bone and muscle beneath it.
Our skin is covered in pores, which, as well as being the home to hair follicles, allow sweat and sebum (natural oils) from the sebaceous glands to travel up to the skin’s surface. This allows the skin to hydrate itself.4
Why is skin so important?
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. As well as performing a number of functions that are vital to health, such as temperature regulation and insulation, skin plays a key role in preventing water loss and protecting us against external aggressors that cause disease.
What is normal skin?5
What is eczema?6
What is dry skin?7
What is contact dermatitis?8
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