Our skin is a complex living system that serves many purposes and for humans, skin is the single largest organ of the integumentary system. Human skin, or mammalian skin, is comprised of two primary layers that act as a vital barrier, protecting our bodies from outside pathogens. The two primary layers of human skin are the dermis and epidermis, which have two very different functions and roles to fulfill.
Dermis & Epidermis Skin Layers
- Epidermis: The epidermis is the outer layer of skin that you feel when touching your own arm. The epidermis layer acts as a protective shield that holds life quenching water in our bodies, protects and hold our inner organs and keeps harmful pathogens out.
- Dermis: The dermis layer is located under the epidermis layer. It has several essential functions and roles to fulfill including adding tensile strength and elasticity to skin, supporting hair follicles and nerve endings and it’s also a high-tech supply chain providing vital nutrients to the epidermis. The dermis layer and epidermis layer are separated by a thin layer of “basement membrane” fibers.
Dermatology in Portland, OR
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