Facts on Human Skin

The human skin is the outer covering of the body and is the largest organ of the integumentary system. The skin has up to seven layers of ectodermal tissue and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs.

Skin Fun Facts

  • The average person’s skin covers an area of 2 square meters.
  • Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight.
  • The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin, which weighs 9 lbs and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
  • The average person has about 300 million skin cells.
Human Skin

Fact #1 : What is human skin made of?

The skin consists of three layers of tissue: the epidermis, an outermost layer that contains the primary protective structure, the stratum corneum; the dermis, a fibrous layer that supports and strengthens the epidermis; and the subcutis, a subcutaneous layer of fat beneath the dermis that supplies nutrients

Largest organ in the body

Fact #2 : Skin is our Largest organ in the body

Our skin is our body’s largest organ; it is made up of 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, and over a thousand nerve endings. Our skin has the ability to renew and regenerate itself naturally every few weeks, replacing older cells with vital fresh new ones.

Skin
Water proof Skin

Fact #3 : Your Skin is Water proof

Skin acts as a waterproof, insulating shield, guarding the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals.

Skin Layers
Skin Layers

Fact #4: Thickest and the thinest skin in Human Body

Skin is thickest on the palms and soles of the feet (1.5 mm thick), while the thinnest skin is found on the eyelids and in the postauricular region (0.05 mm thick).

Functions of Skin

Fact #5: These are the 6 main Functions of Skin

Six functions of the skin

  • Controlling body temperature
  • Storing blood
  • Protection
  • Sensation
  • Absorption and excretion
  • Vitamin D production

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