The skin is multi-layered, and the largest organ of the body, a complex organ that plays several vitally important roles in our health.  The outside skin is continuous with the “inside” skin of the mouth, ears, anus, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, and indeed all the passageways through our entire bodies such as the urinary, vaginal, sinus tracts etc, all these surfaces are still “skin”, but can demonstrate different structural characteristics, as for example in places the skin can contain mucous membranes and secrete mucus; the skin can through many different specialised cells secrete sweat, and enzymes and acids, and other factors.  As an excretory organ, it is involved in detoxification (along with the liver, lungs, bowel, kidneys etc);  it excretes toxins, such as metabolic and exogenous pollutants.

The skin can also absorb (trans-dermal absorption), through the external skin as well as through the internal skin, and especially in the small intestine, through very specific micro-structures where the products of digestion can be readily absorbed.  So a health-conscious person is careful as to what she exposes both her external and her internal skin to, and avoids pollutants, and promotes the health and ecology of the colonies of bacterial populations that help to keep our skin healthy.

The skin is an organ of immunity, protecting our inside environment from the outside environments, given the interplay with various micro-organisms (eg bacteria, viruses etc), radiations, chemicals  (water and air-borne), and other matter we come into contact with.  Sunlight receptivity and sensory receptivity (all our sensory organs, touch, taste, sight, hearing, smelling etc) are mediated first by various types of skin cells.

The health of our skin is largely a result of happily living with, respecting, and cultivating the micro-organisms such as microzymas (A. Bechamp, 1850s and 60s)), and bacteria that serve all through for the health of our various environments (our bodies, the soil, the water, the air, etc).
Being a fundamental sensory organ, the state of health of the skin is also a reflection of the health of the inter-relationship between the inside and the outside of the body.  Endocrine imbalances (for example, as with hormonal acne), immune dysregulation (as with eczema, hives, dermatitis, urticaria, psoriasis etc), dry skin, allergy-prone skin, all need to be dealt with at the causative level.  Skin cancer is dealt with in a different section.

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