Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? It is, in terms of both weight, between 6 and 9 pounds, and surface area, about 2 square yards. Your skin separates the inside of your body from the outside world. It
- Protects you from bacteria and viruses
- Helps you sense the outside world, such as whether it is hot or cold, wet or dry
- Regulates your body temperature
Conditions that irritate, clog or inflame your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause dermatitis, hives and other skin conditions. Many skin problems, such as acne, also affect your appearance.
- Acne is most common in adolescents and young adults.
- An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point.
- Chickenpox is highly infectious and spreads from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person’s coughing and sneezing.
- Measles can be severe, leading to death in approximately 2 of every 1,000 cases in developed countries and 150 deaths per 1,000 cases in the developing world.
- There are more than 40 different types of HPV, the virus that causes warts.
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