Although many consider the brain as the biggest organ in our body that ‘claim to fame’ actually belongs to our skin. For something that is so substantial many of us take less care of it than we should and most don’t have a good enough understanding of exactly what it does and why.

The reason that your skin is referred to as an organ is because it performs specific functions, like:

– It protects your body from infection,
– It serves as a waterproof barrier
– It shields you from the sun’s harmful rays.
– It’s a shock absorber that protects you from injury by cushioning you
– It insulates your body and keeps your temperature at a healthy 37 degrees celsius
– It stores energy
– It sends out alarm sensations through the touch of your skin – ie; pain
– It has the ability to repair itself – ie; from cuts
– It also produces vitamin D for the body

Your skin has so many different functions that by understanding how your skin works you will have a much better understanding and respect for what it does for you. Once you understand this you may decide to start taking better care of your skin to ensure that your skin remains healthy and of course, acne free.

Your skin is made up of three layers, the first top two layers are the epidermis (this is the outside layer of skin that you can touch and see) and of course the dermis (this is the layer that sits beneath the epidermis). The third and final layer, which is also the fatty layer that both the epidermis and dermis sit upon, is called the subcutaneous layer.

Hopefully by understanding your skin better you will come to realize what an important job it does, and that by taking the time to look after your skin, you will be more in control of what your skin needs in order to help it get rid of acne.

One of the best ways to take care of your skin is by feeding it will a high dose of essential vitamins and minerals which you can get from eating good quality fruits and vegetables. By increasing your intake of water, which should be around 6 – 8 glasses a day, your skin will be in a much better position to flush out any toxins, creating less acne flare-ups.

Acne effects a great many of us, especially in our adolescent years, but that doesn’t mean that you need to suffer needlessly, there are plenty of things you can be doing to get rid of acne. The first step is to make a commitment to yourself that you will do whatever it takes to clear your skin and lead a normal life free of any physical embarrassment.