How well do you know your dermis? As the middle layer of your skin, you can’t actually see it, but that doesn’t make it any less important than the skin’s visible outmost layer, the epidermis.
Here are some key facts about the dermis:
- The dermis layer of skin is thicker than the outermost layer, the epidermis.
- The dermis supplies the epidermis with the nourishment and oxygen it needs to stay healthy and continue in its regenerative state. It also helps regulate the ongoing healing and repair of the skin.
- The dermis gives the skin its pliability and firmness thanks to two essential fibers known as collagen and elastin. Without these fibers, the skin would not be able to stretch when the body moves or bends, nor would the skin be able to keep retract into its original shape. Collagen provides strength to the skin cells of the dermis, while elastin allows for movement.
- The dermis contains fibroblasts that help with the synthesizing collagen, elastin and other molecules that support the structure of the skin.
- The dermis helps the body maintain its temperature. Sweat glands are located in the dermis and the perspiration the sweat glands produce is like air conditioning for the body; its very presence on the surface of the skin helps the body to cool itself down.
- The dermis contains nerves, which help a person to recognize a range of sensations, including pain, touch, and warmth or cold.
- The sebaceous glands in the dermis produce an oily substance called sebum that helps to lubricate not only the skin, but also the hair that protrudes from it. The substance also helps make the skin somewhat waterproof.
Taking care of your dermis and the resulting skin cells gives you a greater chance of growing healthy skin and improving your overall health. OKU allows you to assess your skin health and can help coach you to healthier skin. Learn more at getoku.com!