The skin is the largest organ in our body and is simply put amazing! Here are some facts about skin that you may or may not have heard about. I know that I learned something in researching this topic and I hope you do too!
Those annoying brown spots that seem to start popping up during the middle ages and continue as you get older are really not age spots at all. They are actually sun spots. "Age spots are the result of cumulative sun exposure and subsequent damage," according to research by Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City dermatologist. These spots are the result of cumulative sun exposure and sun damage.
I know that I have always heard to have any moles, or places on your skin checked out for skin cancer if it turns darker. This is not the case, as skin cancers can be in the form of any color. If something looks odd to you, changes or new spots appear, seek medical advice from a dermatologist.
As we get older our skin cells shed slower and results in dead skin cells staying on the surface of our skin. This makes skin look dull in appearance compared to a child's skin. You can help this process along by exfoliating skin on a regular basis.
Brooke Jackson, Director of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago advises that changes in the skin can be a signal for a change in health. The thyroid produces a hormone that is responsible for the natural fats that protect the skin. When your thyroid is out of whack your skin may thicken yet be very soft (hyperthyroidism), become extremely dry on hands and feet soles and dry everywhere else(hypothyroidism). Another clue is when the color of skin darkens on your neck. This could be associated with diabetes.
Melanin is the color pigment in the skin that gives us our skin tone. The difference in skin tones comes down to how much of the melanin is present and how it is distributed in the skin. Confused? Well melanin is made up of melanocytes. We all have the same number of melanocytes, which produce melanosomes. It's the melanosomes that makes the difference because of how they are made up. Some are dense and others are not. The denser melanosomes are closer together and produce a darker skin pigment that provides better protection against skin cancer.
Thanks. This is full of information and knowledge. I like it...well needed for some.
Good information for everyone about the skin.thank you for a wonderful list.
@jseven, that is amazing. Thanks for your input!
I've learned so much about the skin since I have been withdrawing from topical steroids for 11 months now. You cannot put toxins in it for days or years and not expect it to remain healthy. I use nothing with chemicals and learned that sunscreen is one of the biggest skin cancer culprits as it has toxin chemicals that bake into our bloodstream from the sun. Organic coconut oil is the best sunscreen.
People need to be educated about their skin. It is the largest organ in our body. Good job! HI5
So true. Not many people know that age spots are caused by the sun's rays.
I learned something new about age spots. thanks. H5
Thank you for sharing this list of skin facts. Well done.
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