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How Healthy Is Your Skin? (5 Reasons to Know Your ABCDE’s)

How Healthy Is Your Skin? (5 Reasons to Know Your ABCDE’s)

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.

Know Your Skin

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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8:04AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Thanks

2:49AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

7:10AM PST on Nov 28, 2013

Thanks.

6:42AM PST on Nov 28, 2013

Good to know, thank you.

12:44PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

Great information and a picture chart. Thank you for sharing!

4:56AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

9:13PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Thanks for the information. Good to keep informed.

1:45AM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Thank you :)

8:33PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

informative thank you

2:45PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

intersing.

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