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Skin anatomy is often more complex than people think. Learn more about skin anatomy at HowStuffWorks.

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Why is the skin on our hands and feet different?

The palms of your hands and soles of your feet are different from the rest of your skin for a reason. What special jobs do they do that other body parts don't?


How Itches Work

How Itches Work

The reasoning behind itches has puzzled scientists for decades. Learn all about itches and what relieves them at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do vegetarians have smellier sweat than omnivores?

Do vegetarians have smellier sweat than omnivores?

Some people think of vegetarians as 'stinky.' Find out if vegetarians have smellier sweat than omnivores at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Scratching the Surface: The Itching Quiz

Scratching the Surface: The Itching Quiz

What makes you itch? Take this itching quiz to learn what make your skin itch. See more »

How Sweat Works

How Sweat Works

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

How many skin cells do you shed every day?

How many skin cells do you shed every day?

You shed skin cells everyday, but do you know how many? Take a look at the surprising amount of skin cells shed by your body every day. See more »

5 Ways Your Skin Changes During Adolescence

5 Ways Your Skin Changes During Adolescence

Your skin changes during adolescence -- from acne to smells. See the five ways skin changes during adolescence to know what to expect. See more »

How does your skin eliminate waste?

How does your skin eliminate waste?

Skin eliminates waste to protect itself from toxins. See how skin eliminates waste and other skin health information. See more »

How does my skin anatomy change as I get older?

How does my skin anatomy change as I get older?

Ever wondered how your skin anatomy changes as you age? Take a look what happens under the surface, how to protect your skin and skin anatomy changes. See more »

How Your Skin Works

How Your Skin Works

You have lots of skin, but how much do you really know about it? Learn about skin components, skin color and everything else about your skin. See more »

Fact or Fiction: Sweating

Fact or Fiction: Sweating

Take the sweating quiz at HowStuffWorks and see how much you know about sweat production and facts. Learn new trivia with the sweating quiz. See more »