Do we really have seven layers of skin?

Do we really have seven layers of skin?

Do you ever take time to think about how many layers that you have? Do we have three or seven layers of skin? Well we kind of have both amounts. Read on for more information.

There are three main layers if skin but there are layers within two of these layers. One of these layers is the epidermis; the epidermis is the top external layer and has five layers within that layer. The next layer is the dermis; the dermis has two layers within its layer. Then there is the last layer this layer is the hypodermis, the hypodermis is mostly fat and it has no layers within that layer.

The epidermis has five layers within that layer. The first two layers within the epidermis are called the stratum corundum and the next layer is the stratum lucidum, this is only in thick skin like the palms of your hands and the sole of your foot. Another two layers within the epidermis is the stratum gramnulosum and the stratum spiosum. The last layer within the epidermis is the stratum germinativum. These are the layers within the epidermis.

The dermis has two layers within its layer. The first layer in the dermis is the dermal papillary layer. The next layer within the dermis is the dermal reticular layer; this layer is the location of a lot of structures such as the hair follicles and the blood vessels. These are the layers within the dermis.


Do we really have seven layers of skin? — 19 Comments

  1. From the article, we should have 8 layers; 5 from epidermis, 2 from dermis and only 1 hypodermis which makes it 8 layers. Am I missing something?

    • Yes…..the fact that all of these “layers” are wrinkle creams, skin toners, etc. are cosmetic companies “claim to fame,” so to speak. The more “layers penetrated,” the larger their bank accounts grow! Cosmetically, I guess you can have as many layers as you need to sell the products; medically speaking we have 3 layers. First the epidermis, our first line of protection against environmental bacteria, etc. The second layer is the dermis. It’s much thicker and does a lot for your body. It contains sweat glands, nerve endings, oil glands, hair follicles, and blood vessels. Third we have the hypodermis, or subcutaneous layer. This layer has a special connecting tissue that attaches the dermis to your muscles and bones, blood vessels and nerve cells that start in the dermis get bigger and go to the rest of your body from here, and the subcutaneous fat is the layer that helps keep your body from getting too warm or too cold. That’s it, but in the “next big miracle skin treatment,” the more “layers of penetration,” the more the cost. Lanolin, oil from sheep skin, penetrates deeper into dry skin, and doesn’t just moisturize, but also creates a barrier in the underlying layers of skin to prevent moisture from escaping. This keeps skin supple longer, which means that those who use lanolin cream don’t have to apply it as often. I recommend Organic Lanolin and Coconut Oil. Organic Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, it’s an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and, well, it smells like cookies. I blend the Organic Lanolin with the Organic Coconut Oil together, and use all over, including my face. I use the coconut oil to massage into my scalp, and to condition my hair, and it leaves my hair soft and shining. You must rinse your hair well. Just a very long FYI. ????????

    • The word hypodermis comes from the greek hypo (meaning under) and dermis (meaning skin)
      Technically it is under the skin and not part of the skin itself. It is the fatty tissue under the seven actual layers, Hope that helps. We get our word hypodermic from this.

  2. My spouse &I were having a discussion about the layers of skin the human body has I was wrong an she was right so I looked it up and found that I was wrong I like to say I learned something new today an I found this on your website thank you for your information

  3. Great I have skin cancer on my face and I feel better knowing that I Have more than three layers when they cut deeper

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