Function of the skin

Did You Know: Functions of the Skin

The skin not only gives us our appearance and shape, it also serves other important functions:

Protection from

mechanical impact (i.e. pressure, stroke)
thermic impact (i.e. heat, cold)
chemical impact (i.e. acids)
microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi)
water loss

Immune function
Besides providing a biological barrier against microorganisms through its acidic pH-value, the skin is immunologically active through defense mechanisms in epidermis and dermis.

Temperature regulation
Through sweat-producing glands and the evaporation of sweat and water, the body temperature is controlled. Another mechanism for rapid cooling is vasodilation (widening of blood vessels). Through vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels), heat loss is prevented.

Through nerve endings and receptors in the skin, sensations such as touch, pain, heat or cold are processed.

Vitamin production
The skin produces Vitamin D through exposure to ultraviolet radiation in sunlight.

Through paling, blushing and other expressions regulated by the autonomic nervous system, the skin serves as a communication system.


Posted on July 9, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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