Somebody was commenting recently about how your skin is your largest organ (true) and how you have to be careful what you put on it because it absorbs everything and that’s why we are all so sick nowadays (um, less true…your skin is an amazing and effective barrier that keeps out toxins and bad stuff, keeping you safe). So I decided to research the physiology of skin structure and post information here so you can learn about how your skin works and what the different layers and structures in your skin do. Please click on the links and go educate yourself!
First up is Point of Interest. On Susan’s blog, as always, she’s done a tremendous job of being scientific without being so technical that it’s over your head. There’s a whole set of blog entries here on the skin and I suggest you read them all, you’ll be so much more informed about how your skin works afterwards! You can find her blog and the main page on skin chemistry HERE.
Second is a brief overview of skin structures and anatomy, very brief and somewhat technical but very informative. I enjoyed it. You can find that page HERE.
And finally we turn to Wikipedia. You can bash wiki all you want, but it’s still a great source of information at times. Search “epidermis” and then, later, stratum corneum, and the other layers of skin individually, to get more detailed results. Here is the link for “epidermis”. I admit, the Wiki is much more technical than say, Susan’s writing, and less friendly, but there’s valuable information there, too.
So there you have it. If you can only choose one, read the Point of Interest blog. It’s the most comprehensive and still manages to be entertaining. The others are definitely more dry and a little boring, but have good information so I included them. And if you read the Point of Interest blog, realize there are many entries linked on the same topic, so you may want to take advantage of the search box in the top left hand corner and search for “skin anatomy” or ” skin chemistry ” and see what pops up. See what your skin is made out of!