What is Cutaneous?

Cutaneous, or "skin," is the human body's largest organ. It's made up of multiple layers, and protects us from exposure to the environment, regulates our body temperature, helps us sense our environment through touch, and also helps us display our emotions. As a living organ, it's continually regenerating and renewing itself.

What Are the Different Types of Cutaneous?

Cutaneous has three layers, the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layer. The epidermis is the outermost layer and is constantly renewing itself. It contains melanocytes, which produce melanin, which is responsible for skin color. The dermis is the middle layer and it provides structure and nourishment to the epidermis. It also contains sweat glands, hair follicles, and sebaceous glands. The subcutaneous layer is the deepest layer and provides insulation and support to the dermis.

Common Skin Conditions and Diseases

There are a variety of skin conditions and diseases that can affect cutaneous. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Hives
  • Melanoma
  • Lupus
  • Cysts
  • Athlete's foot

These can range from minor cosmetic issues such as dry skin and age spots, to more serious chronic conditions like melanoma or lupus. Some skin conditions can be treated at home, while others may require medical intervention.

Taking Care of Your Skin

Cutaneous needs to be taken care of. Exposure to sunlight, chemicals, and other environmental pollutants can damage skin cells and increase the risk of developing skin cancer or other conditions. Sunscreen provides protection from skin damage and should be worn year-round. Additionally, moisturizing your skin and using mild soaps can help keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.