SKIN ANATOMY

Skin anatomy is often more complex than people think. Learn more about skin anatomy at HowStuffWorks.
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What is your facial fingerprint?

When you take your facial fingerprint, you're collecting information on the aging process. What can a piece of transparent tape tell you about the condition of your skin?

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  • 5 Ways Your Skin Changes During Adolescence

    5 Ways Your Skin Changes During Adolescence

    Adolescence seems like the worst surprise ever -- where did all of this hair and these bumps come from? And why do I smell terrible? Don't despair -- we've laid out five ways skin changes during those years so you'll know what you're dealing with. See more »

  • All About Sweat

    All About Sweat

    Sweat is your body's way of cooling itself. Learn about eccrine and aprocrine sweat glands, how the body makes sweat, why we sweat and what factors affect sweating. See more »

  • Calculating Your Skin Age

    Calculating Your Skin Age

    No matter how old you are, deep wrinkles on your face may tell a different story. How do you determine your skin age, and what are some of the factors that contribute to fine lines and dryness? See more »

  • Fact or Fiction: Sweating

    Fact or Fiction: Sweating

    Sweating is yet another sometimes embarrassing -- but totally unavoidable -- fact of life. Find out how sweat is made and unusual facts about sweat with this quiz. See more »

  • How does my skin anatomy change as I get older?

    How does my skin anatomy change as I get older?

    Aging skin is a fact of life. At some point in each of our lives, our smooth and supple exteriors become dry, wrinkled and saggy. And although much of aging is biologically inevitable, there are some things you can do to protect yourself from the ravages of time. See more »

  • How does pregnancy affect the skin?

    How does pregnancy affect the skin?

    Pregnancy is a time of joy for many mothers, but sometimes it's accompanied by various skin problems. Are they anything to worry about? And will they go away after the baby is born? See more »

  • How does skin produce vitamins?

    How does skin produce vitamins?

    Your skin can use all kinds of vitamins to stay healthy, but one -- vitamin D -- is so important that your skin actually produces it. If you aren’t getting enough vitamin D, though, it can lead to problems. See more »

  • How does your skin eliminate waste?

    How does your skin eliminate waste?

    Your skin is your body's largest organ and protects you from the elements, but how does it protect itself from toxins? Believe it or not, you actually do most of the work. See more »

  • How many skin cells do you shed every day?

    How many skin cells do you shed every day?

    What happens to dead skin cells when they fall off your body? Are you sure you want to know? If you're sure you want the answer to this question, get ready for some staggering numbers. See more »

  • How much skin do we have?

    How much skin do we have?

    Your skin is your largest organ, and it's constantly shedding skin cells and replacing them -- but how much skin do you really have? See more »

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