Skin is the human body’s largest organ. Stretched out, your skin would measure about 21 square feet and account for 15 percent of your body weight. Yeah, skin is kind of a big deal.
Our skin is the first line of defense against†pathogens (bacteria, viruses, toxins, parasites and fungi) that want to make us sick.†Skin forms a waterproof mechanical barrier, and although microorganisms might live all over it, they canít get through to your bloodstream unless skin is broken (that’s is why it’s so important to treat cuts and abrasions right away).
Our skin has to deal with a myriad of attacks every day, and they’re not all germs. We often do damage to our own skin without even realizing it. Too much exposure to sun, or the use of personal care products that contain carcinogens and other toxic ingredients put our skin at risk.
Have you noticed changes in your skin? Whether they’re big or small, itchy or not, these changes tell a powerful story about the health of your skin, and by extension, your entire body.
Scroll through the infographic below to learn how to read the signs on your skin, and what to do if you notice something out of place.