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4 Differences Between Facial & Body Skin

Posted by Porcelana Staff on

Skin is the biggest organ in your body. It holds moisture, regulates temperature, acts as a protective layer against our environment, and contains sensory nerves that warn you of dangerous conditions you encounter. As a both barrier and a membrane, it is designed to let pass through what's supposed to get in, and to block what shouldn't.

While our skin covers almost our entire body, the thickness of it varies. Body parts that are more prone to wear and tear, such as your palms and soles, have thicker skin. On the other hand, parts that take less beating are covered with thinner skin.

The skin on your face is thinner than the skin on your body. If you look under a microscope, you would see that the cells on the top layer of the facial skin are generally smaller than skin cells on the rest of the body.

So what exactly are the practical implications of this? Read on to learn more about the differences between face and body skin.

Facial Skin Is Richer In Pores

This means that your face will mirror your eating habits. Toxins getting released in the forms of pimples, acne, blackheads and other blemishes are more likely to appear on the face than other body parts. However, body breakouts may be harder to treat than acne on the face. It can be especially harder if it occurs in hard-to-reach spots such as your back, which is commonly called “bacne.”

Facial Skin Is More Often Exposed to Sunlight

This frequent exposure makes the facial skin more susceptible to the aging effects of UV radiation. UV speeds up the aging of skin, since UV destroys collagen and connective tissue beneath the top layer of the skin. Thus, our facial skin is much more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles than other areas of the skin. 

Facial Skin Has More Skin Appendages

Facial skin has a larger number and size of sweat and oil glands. They are the reservoirs of skin cells and oil that are important in protecting and healing your skin. Thus, facial skin heals more quickly and is more tolerant to injury than sites with fewer appendages like the neck and chest. When it comes to treating the skin with potentially irritating products, you may need a lower concentration on the body and higher concentration with your face.

Body Skin Is Thicker

The facial epidermis is about 0.12 mm thick, while body skin is thicker at around 0.60 mm. Body skin is more prone to building up of dead skin cells and proliferation of bacterial growth. Dryness and decreased environmental exposure result in thicker, scalier skin.

It’s important to understand how to care for your facial and body skin separately, but take note that both of them deserve the utmost care. For that reason, it’s a wise decision to have products designed specifically for facial use and body use, separately.

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