The skin is the largest organ of your body. It has many functions.

The Skin I'm In
The Skin I'm In

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Cooper, Laurie
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Guards your muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs.

• Acts as a barrier protecting your body against pathogens and damage from the external environment.

Regulates heat. Dilated blood vessels in it increase heat loss and constricted blood vessels reduce heat loss. The function of sweating is used by your body as a thermoregulatory function, which is its primary function. As sweat evaporates off,it has a cooling effect.

Controls evaporation. It provides a comparatively dry and impermeable barrier to fluid loss. Burns destroy this barrier and massive fluid loss occurs.

Controls sensation. It contains an array of nerve endings that react to touch, pressure, heat, cold, vibration and tissue injury.

• Is a window to our inner health. Evaluation of this organ helps to determine your inner physical state.

• Is a storage system. It’s a storage center for lipids and water. Vitamin D is made there by action of ultraviolet light. Getting enough sun light is important in the synthesis of vitamin D.

• Performs the function of excretion. Sweating is a secondary function in excretion, regulating your body temperature being its primary function.

• Is used for absorption. Small amounts of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen can diffuse into the top layer. Drugs can be given by means of this organ. They’re mixed with other ingredients to form creams and ointments. Transdermal patches can also be used to absorb drugs into it. Examples of transdermal patches include nitroglycerin, nicotine, synthetic hormone, and motion sickness patches.

The skin is composed of three layers, the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis.
Sensory Nerves of the Skin Sense of Touch
Sensory Nerves of the Skin Sense of Touch

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