National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Skin Conditions is the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? It is, in terms of both weight, between 6 and 9 pounds, and surface area, about 2 square yards. Your skin separates the inside of your body from the outside world. It
Conditions that irritate, clog or inflame your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause dermatitis, hives and other skin conditions. Many skin problems, such as acne, also affect your appearance.
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)