Skin is the body’s largest organ but for sure, there are lots of things and important facts that you might not know about it. From preventing wrinkles in the benefits of facial massage, you should know more about your skin to be able to take care of it better.
Rashes, sunburn, and acne are just some of the concerns that come to mind when people think about caring for their skin. But how much do you really know about your skin and the vital roles it plays in ensuring good health?
Here are some essential facts about your skin that may surprise you:
- As mentioned, the skin is the largest organ in your body
Skin occupies approximately 1.73 square meters [or more than 18.5 square feet] to cover our flesh and bones. In addition, skin makes up about 16 percent of our body weight.
- Skin regenerates itself
Skin sheds its dead skin cells on a daily basis, creating a new layer of skin every 28 days, more or less. Even while you sleep, your skin exfoliates itself by its lonesome. That said, dead skin cells can remain on the skin, so it is important to remove them with an additional exfoliator.
- Dirt or diet don’t cause pimples
Contrary to beliefs, acne and pimples 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.
To help treat and prevent acne, washing your face twice a day and after working out with a mild cleanser is highly recommended. Use moisturizers and makeup products and oil-free sunscreens that do not clog pores, and be sure to wash facecloths and makeup pads and brushes regularly. You should also remove all makeup before going to bed, and wash and change sheets and pillowcases every few days.
- Sun exposure does not help treat acne
UV rays actually stimulate oil production, causing more possible acne. Moreover, the sun’s rays also thicken the outer layer of your skin, which blocks your pores and leads to breakouts.
Always practice sun safety by limiting time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. Wear a hat and protective clothing, and choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Millions of bacteria can live on the skin
Yes, you heard it. That’s a fact. 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.
- Skin color comes from a pigment called melanin
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.
- Skin plays a key role in regulating body temperature
Your skin acts as your body’s thermostat. When temperatures rise, sweat glands activate to cool the body down. Sweating is a bodily function that helps regulate your body temperature. Normal sweating can be as much as a quart of fluid per day.
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. Pores also become smaller when exposed to colder temperatures in order to retain heat.
- Changes in the skin can reveal something about your overall health
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.
In fact, dermatologists are in agreement that your skin reflects your overall health.
That’s why you have every reason to take good care of it.
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