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Skin functions

The skin performs the following functions:

Protection

The skin provides an anatomical shield around the body from external threats.

Sensation

The skin contains a variety of nerve endings that react to tactile stimuli, including heat and cold, touch, pressure, etc.

Temperature regulation

The skin contains blood vessels which are able to contract and dilate to loose or conserve heat depending on the body's requirements. Sweat glands are also a collaborating entity in the activities associated with temperature management.

Control of evaporation

The skin acts as a water resistant layer so essential nutrients aren't washed out of the body.

Storage and synthesis

The acts as a storage center for oils and water, as well as a means of synthesising melanine to combat the action of ultra violet emissions.


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