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Skin Care and Diseases

You and Your Skin

NetWellness receives many questions about the skin and how to take care of it. The skin is not only the largest organ in the human body; it is also one of the most complex. Our skin protects us from our environment, including injury, infection, heat, and light.1 Skin is often taken for granted and often only thought of when something is wrong with it. But so much relies upon the skin that it is impossible to imagine a world without skin, our protective shell.

Skin Function

Our skin has three main functions:

Skin Structure

The skin is made up of three major layers:

Other important structures, such as blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles, sweat glands, oil glands, etc. are also found in the lower two layers of the skin.

Skin Care

The best ways to preserve young, healthy-looking skin are:

For more information about general skin care, please visit "Skin care: Top 5 habits for healthy skin" from the Mayo Clinic.

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Skin Cancer and Sun Damage

Other Skin Problems

 

References

1. National Cancer Institute. Skin Cancer Prevention. Accessed 5/14/2008.

2. U.S. National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus: Skin Conditions. Accessed 5/14/2008.

3. Merck Manual Online Medical Library. Structure and Function: Biology of the Skin. Accessed 5/14/2008.

4. Ibid.

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Last Reviewed: May 14, 2008

Pranav   Sheth, MD Pranav Sheth, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati