What is skin made of ?


Skin is more than just a covering for our body. Skin is more than just a covering for our body. It is a complex organ that carries out many important functions. It protects our body from the outside world, as well as revealing it. But what is it made of?  Here’s what you need to know!

Skin accounts for 7% of an adult’s total weight1. It is divided into three layers called the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. Each part is made up of different cells and structures2.

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