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Skin structure & functions

The skin is an organ in itself: it is a tissue which covers the whole body, representing 15% of your body weight and about 2m2 of surface. Understanding the structure and function of this vitally important organ should be the first step in finding an effective skin disease treatment or anti-ageing solution.  Speak to your healthcare professional on your personal treatment needs.

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The physiological functions of the skin are:

Protection
The skin protects the body from physical, chemical and biological threats (microorganisms, UV radiation, etc.).

Sensation
It is a sensory organ with sensory receptors.

Thermoregulation (controlling your bodies temperature)
Via sweat secretion and modulation of cutaneous microcirculation.

Metabolic activity
It synthesises vitamin D in the presence of sunlight.  The skin is also a secretory organ, secreting sweat and sebum.

The skin is divided into three layers:

  • the Epidermis (or outermost layer) for protection and hydration

  • the Dermis for maintenance and elasticity

  • the Hypodermis (or subcutaneous tissue) for energy

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The skin is an important organ of our bodies that requires as much care as our internal organs.  Our skin may be effected by various diseases throughout stages of our lives, or as skin ages people often desire a more youthful look.  Advances in dermatology over the years has provided a variety of medical solutions suited to these needs, and continues to do so.

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galderma.co.uk is focused on educating the public and patients about skin conditions and the different types of treatments that are available to treat and manage these diseases. This site is not intended as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor, dermatologist, or other healthcare professional and may include discussions about therapies or treatment options that are not suitable for your individual needs. We encourage you to use the information contained in this site to educate yourself about your disease and allow better communication between you and your healthcare professional.  Always consult a dermatologist or a healthcare professional for more information about your condition and the appropriate treatment / product that is right for your individual needs.

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