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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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.
Our skin has three main functions:
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.
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.
Skin Cancer and Sun Damage
Other Skin Problems
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.
Last Reviewed: May 14, 2008
Pranav Sheth, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati