Healthy Skin From Within
Chris D. Meletis, ND (with permission from cpmedical.net, access pin: 587556)
Considered the largest human organ, the skin comprises 12-15 percent of our total body weight, has a surface area of 1-2 meters, and varies in thickness from 0.6 millimeters on the eyelids to 3 millimeters on the palms and soles. The skin serves many functions, chief amongst them a physical barrier against the outer world and a retainer of our internal moisture.
The skin is comprised of primarily two layers, the thinner outer epidermis and the thicker underlying dermis, each of which fulfills different functions. The sweat glands, hair follicles and nails originate in a subcutaneous layer; they are epithelial in origin and thus considered “appendages” of the skin.