The role of the skin in protection
The role of skin is to perform a wide variety of functions to form an effective barrier which comprises of physical, the chemical ⁄ biochemical (antimicrobial, innate immunity) and the adaptive immunological barriers.
Skin helps in the protection of body from various physical and chemical reactions and act as a barrier to the exterior environment
- It protects the body from friction and impact wounds with its flexibility and toughness.
- Harmful chemicals, bacteria, viruses and ultraviolet light are also prevented from entering the body by the skin.
- It also prevents water loss and regulates body temperature by blood flow and evaporation of sweat.