Monday, December 3, 2012

How Healthy is your Skin?

We all get our annual physical but do you get an annual check up on your skin? Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body. Yep, you heard right! Your skin is around 20 square feet in size. Most people don't think of their skin as an organ let alone the largest organ. 
Skin is extremely important to our health and should not be ignored. There are 3 main functions of the skin and they are as follows:
  • Protects us from microbial and elements in our environment.
  • Regulates our temperature 
  • Sensory by touch, heat and cold.
Our skin is so important and complicated that my hat is off to my dermatologist! There are 3 layers to this big organ and they're as follows:
  • Epidermis is the layer that we see, the outermost layer of the skin. It's our protector of water, a barrier plus it gives us our skin tone.
  • Dermis is the layer beneath the epidermis. It's made up of tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and our sweat glands.
  • Hypodermis is the deepest layer, it consists of fat and more connective tissue.
Our skin gives us beautiful skin tone and I'm sure you know where this tone comes from but for those that don't know it's called "melanin". Melanin is created by special cells called melanocytes. These special cells produce pigment melanin which is the color or tone. The melanocytes are located in the epidermis, the layer of skin we see. Skin if not taken care of can cause health problems. There are many skin conditions however, I would like to share the top 3 simplest and most common conditions along with their description.

Rash- Almost any change in the skin's appearance can be considered a rash.  Rashes are from simple skin irritation; while others result from medical conditions. 
 
Dermatitis- An inflammation of the skin. A common form of Dermatitis is a condition so many have which is eczema.    

Psoriasis- A skin condition which many suffer from and causes a variety of skin rashes. The most common form of Psoriasis is silver, scaly plaques on the skin surface.  



These are just 3 of 22 skin conditions I have on my list. So in conclusion; take care of your skin! Utilize multivitamins and eat healthy in order to keep your skin in great shape.

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