Types of skin

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Your skin might be one or­gan, but it’s not the same all over your body; dif­fer­ent zones vary in thick­ness, oili­ness, sweati­ness and hairi­ness. The palms of your hands and the soles of your feet have the thick­est skin, with an ex­tra layer of cells in the epi­der­mis. They have fat pads un­der the sur­face and, though they don’t make hair or se­bum, they pro­duce lots of sweat. Your armpits, in con­trast, are very hairy and pro­duce lots of oil, con­tribut­ing to body odour. They also have a higher ph than the rest of the skin, mak­ing it much eas­ier for bac­te­ria to grow. The most del­i­cate skin on your body is on your eye­lids. At just 0.04mm thick it is 40-times thin­ner than the skin on the soles of your feet.

The skin on the palm of your hand has ex­tra lay­ers of cells and fat

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