Four Facts About Your Skin You May Not Know

  • Who knew that skin could weigh so much...

If you’re like the average person, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about how it’s really your skin that’s holding a lot of essential elements of your body together. In fact, it’s easy to forget how strange the concept of skin is entirely until you start to think about it.

Your skin covers almost your entire body and performs some crucial functions. But, it’s easy to forget how vital skin is and how amazing this large organ can be. 

To help you appreciate the skin you’re in, here are some strange, wondrous, or just plain weird facts about human skin that you’ll love to learn about. 


Your Skin Will Renew Itself Once Every 28 Days

While it would be pretty strange and kind of cool if humans shed their skin the same way that reptiles do, the process for people is a bit different. 

However, your skin does renew itself around once a month. According to Everyday Health, this happens as the epidermis, which contains dead skin cells and is the outer layer of skin, sloughs off. Basically, the skin cells are generated at the bottom and then slowly reach their surface layer, where they fall off. 

You can even help this process along and keep your skin looking healthy by using an exfoliator. Just make sure to use a product that is recommended by dermatologists. 


Skin Color Is Determined By Pigment In The Epidermis.

There are many reasons why judging people based on their skin tone is upsetting, but it’s that much more nonsensical when you learn that skin color is just based on a pigment. And, there’s a reason why some people have more of this pigment than others.

According to National Geographic, melanin determines the shade of someone’s skin, so people with darker skin tones have more melanin than people with lighter skin tones. Melanin helps protect against UV rays from the sun, so people who historically lived in areas with a lot of sun exposure had more melanin to protect from the harmful rays.

On the other hand, people with lighter skin came from areas with less sunshine. Over time, humans in these areas adapted to produce less melanin to help get the necessary vitamin D. 


Around 10-20% Of Children Have Eczema.

Many conditions impact the skin. Some conditions, such as skin allergies, impact a significant portion of the population and require help from a dermatologist

One skin condition you might have heard of is eczema or atopic dermatitis. This skin problem is surprisingly common in children. In fact, it’s estimated to impact between 10 and 20 percent of children. However, most of them grow out of this, as only around one to three percent of adults have eczema. 

Eczema is a very frustrating skin problem that leads to dry, itchy, and red skin and is linked to allergies


Skin Weighs As Much As Some Dogs.

While the exact weight of your skin will vary based on things like how tall you are, it’s estimated that the average adult’s skin weighs around 20 pounds. This is about the same size as lots of different dog breeds, including adorable pugs.

While it’s odd to think of skin weighing that much, it makes sense when you consider how much surface area the skin covers.

While these aren’t the only interesting facts about human skin, they reveal a lot about biology, human history, and evolution. If you’re interested in the skin you’re in, why not do some more of your own research and see what you can learn?