Skin Facts

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of the body?

 

Did you know that most people will suffer one or more skin problems in their lifetime?

Did you know that the incidence of skin cancer is raising more than any other?

Did you know that sun damage is the most important factor on skin ageing?

Our skin has many functions. It protects us from the outside world, regulates our fluid balance and temperature. It also allows us to feel and touch due to numerous nerve endings. It has immunological functions that help us fight infection and harmful substances, and is important for the production of vitamin D to allow healthy and strong bone production.

Amazingly, the skin does all these tough jobs in an elegant way, still being flexible, smooth and comfortable. It also plays an important part in our psychological wellbeing, as it’s the first thing others see about us. In other words, it’s our calling card.

Healthy skin is important to everyone. But things can go wrong from time to time. It is important to get the right diagnosis about skin problems, otherwise things won’t improve. Also, some skin problems, like skin cancer, can be potentially dangerous.

In the latest study on skin conditions in the UK (2009), skin disease accounts for 24% of all GP consultations.

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