Although your skin might seem thin, your body is wrapped up in powerful layers of protection from head to toe. If you’ve ever had a cut, blister, or sunburn, you’ve already had a peek under your skin. Just like a triple tier cake, your skin has 3 layers of goodies inside. Each strand of hair is like a candle on top!
What are the 3 Layers of Human Skin?
From outside in, let’s take a close-up look at the anatomy of each skin layer.
What Does the Top Skin Layer (Epidermis) Do?
Touch your arm and take a good look at it. The first thing you see is your skin’s surface, which is called the epidermis. Your top skin layer:
What Does the Middle Skin Layer (Dermis) Do?
The dermis is your skin’s middle layer. It has a lot of important jobs, too! The dermis:
What Does the Bottom Skin Layer (Hypodermis) Do?
Now we’ve reached the deepest skin layer, the hypodermis. Since “hypo” means “under”, this word literally means “under the dermis”. Filled with fat and connective tissue, the bottom later of skin has 2 main jobs:
The bottom skin layer also has blood vessels and nerves.
Human Skin Layers Anatomy Diagram with Labels
Can you find the different parts of the skin in this anatomy diagram? Here’s a list of important parts of each skin layer:
- Hair follicles
- Oil glands
- Sweat glands
- Blood vessels
- Connective tissue
Layers of Skin Questions: Can You Guess the Answers?
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