REBECCA KAZIN, MD FAAD

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR SKIN

Your skin is the body’s largest organ. If you were to stretch it out, it would cover approximately 2 square meters and comprise about 15% of your overall body weight. The thinnest skin on your body is on your eyelids. It is .002mm thick and has more pigment cells than others body areas. The thickest skin on your body are the soles of your fee – it’s about 1.4mm thick. And you lose about 30,000 – 40,000 skin cells every minute.

To find out how healthy you are, look at your skin’s pigmentation. If you experience an illness or injury, your pigmentation may be affected and become lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation). That is why it is so important to stay on top of any changes in pigmentation you may see. If you do see pigment changes, see your dermatologist for a skin check.

Dermatologists generally look at five factors to determine your skin type: Color, thickness, oiliness, laxity, and fragility. Dr. Kazin recommends an annual visit with your dermatologist for a full body check. If you have a history of skin cancer, or skin cancer runs in your family, you should see your dermatologist every six months.

 

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Kazin at W Chevy Chase today.