Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body? Did you know that the skin is a physical barrier against the external environment? Did you know that the skin has an immune system that protects the body from infection, cancer, toxins, and attempts to prevent autoimmunity?
The skin is pretty amazing and can actually protect you during this time of social distancing and the spread of COVID-19, as well as many other threats against the body. It has properties that allow it to resist infections from pathogens and contain elements which allow it to actively fight infections. In addition, the skin provides a physical barrier.
The skin’s immune system has elements of both the innate (nonspecific) and adaptive (specific) immune systems. The innate immune response is immediate and is not dependent on previous immunological memory. The adaptive immune response is specific to a pathogen and takes longer time to respond. When re-exposed to the same toxin, cells are activated to produce specific antibodies for long-lasting immunity from infection.
The skin is made of several layers of cells and their related glands. Immune cells are found in the epidermis and dermis layers. There is continuous interaction of immune cells between the skin, draining lymph nodes, and blood circulation.
Skin microbiota is another important contributor to the skin’s immune system. These communities are highly diverse and can be rebuilt over time or in response to environmental changes. Each person has a different microbiota. Studying these interactions can help detect the cause of various diseases and possible cures. Developing tools for personalized medicine will help this goal, due to the uniqueness in individuals.
Now that you have a brief explanation of why the skin is important in immune health, it’s time to take great care of your skin. The good news is that it’s really simple! The most important routine is cleanse, tone, moisturize. You can get a bit fancier with exfoliation, masks, and serums, but cleanse, tone, moisturize is by far the most important. This regimen needs to take place morning and night. Your moisturizer can change depending on your skin needs and time of day. Even if your skin is oily, moisturizer contains important nutrients for anti-aging benefits and overall skin care, so please do not skip this step!
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