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12 Amazing facts about the skin

The skin is made up of its outermost layer, epidermis, a deeper layer called dermis, as well as subcutaneous tissues. Weighing in at an average of 6 pounds, it is the body’s largest organ. Let’s check out some other neat facts about the body’s protective casing:

  1. If it were to be stretched out, the skin would span nearly 20 square feet.
  2. The thin skin covering your eyeballs is only about 02 millimetres thick!
  3. There are 4 major receptors in the skin that respond to different kinds of touch.
  4. The skin is largely responsible for regulating body temperature to keep you more comfortable.
  5. Skin cells that produce melanin are called melanocytes. They are responsible for skin (and eye) coloring.
  6. There is a disease called Vitiligo that causes the body to attack its own melanocytes, causing uneven skin coloring.
  7. Your skin sheds about 30,000 dead skin cells a minute!
  8. Your skin cells renew themselves approximately once a month.
  9. Certain types of skin bacteria that mix with sweat are actually to blame for body odor, not sweat itself.
  10. The moist environment provided by certain areas of your skin, such as your belly button, genitals, underarms and between your toes encourages countless types of fungi and bacteria to thrive.
  11. Over 1,000 species of bacteria reside on your skin – ewww!
  12. Fat deposits in the subcutaneous tissues lead to dimpled skin called cellulite.

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