The physiological functions of the skin are:
The skin protects the body from physical, chemical and biological threats (microorganisms, UV radiation, etc.).
It is a sensory organ with sensory receptors.
Thermoregulation (controlling your bodies temperature)
Via sweat secretion and modulation of cutaneous microcirculation.
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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