The role of the skin - an astonishing organ
The skin is a living organ which performs numerous important tasks. It is the largest human organ, covering an area of approximately 20 square feet and weighing around a sixth of our total body-weight. If we consolidated all the tasks performed by the skin under one heading, this would be: protection!
- Protection from heat, cold and light rays
- Protection against friction, pressure and shock
- Protection against chemical damage
- Protection against the penetration of micro-organisms
- Protection against the loss of heat and moisture
The acid mantle of the skin actively works against the penetration of foreign bacteria. The skin has the capacity to reabsorb certain active substances and to stimulate the regulation of circulation and body heat through blood-flow. It can also prevent the body from overheating by regulating temperature through the secretion of sweat.
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