School taught us that the skin is the largest organ of the body. It is a sensory organ and a protective layer that protects our internal organs from the outside environment. However, it also has the capability of reacting to hot and cold conditions and thereby helping in regulating body temperature. Here are 10 more amazing skin facts you probably do not know.
Amazing Facts about Your Skin
1 On average, there are 14 different fungal species that live in between your toes.
2 Acne is a very common skin problem faced by 40 to 50 million Americans that in 2004 alone, they spent $2.2 billion for its treatment.
3 The skin on your palms and soles of your feet does not have hair follicles. It also has a term for it and that’s glaborous.
4 Did you know that your skin sheds around 30,000 cells per minute? Thus, globally it comprises a billion tons of dust in the environment.
5 Your hair is part of your skin, and it is normal to shed around 50 to 100 hairs each day.
6 Each person, regardless of race and color, has the same number of melanocytes. These are skin cells that give our skin some color. But, color does not depend on the number of melanocytes, but on their activity.
7 Originally, humans were dark skinned; but because of migration to the northern latitude where the sun’s rays are weak, people adapted by becoming fair skinned since the advantages of dark skin outweigh the need for bone strengthening vitamin D.
8 The thinnest layer of skin is around the eyes, in particular on the eyelids.
9 The average skin weighs 9 lbs. and spans 21-square feet. It also contains over 11 miles of blood vessels.
10 A large amount of dust found in your home is mostly comprised of dead skin.
11 Did you know that you can get a radio frequency identification chip (RFID) inserted under the skin for easy access to unlock car doors, log on to computers, and retrieve medical information? As a matter of fact, at the Baja Beach Club in Barcelona, clients can get a debit card implanted through an RFID so they can party all night until money in their card is depleted. Note: we do NOT recommend this and not sure if this is safe!
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