Our skin is our largest organ, covering our entire body. But it’s important to remember that not all skin is created equal.
When most people describe their skin – perhaps as sensitive, or prone to breakouts – they’re almost always referring to the facial skin. This is not to say that skin elsewhere on the body – say, the legs – can’t be sensitive or acne-prone. It simply shows that, when most people think of their skin, they think of the skin on their face. But facial skin is different, and there are several reasons why.
The cells of facial skin are smaller
It’s true that the cells on the top layer of your facial skin are smaller than those of the rest of your body. These smaller cells form less of a barrier, allowing more chemicals in; and more importantly, allowing more moisture out.
Because water is lost more quickly from the face than from elsewhere on the body, it is very important to moisturize the facial skin regularly.
Facial skin has more pores
While skin is generally a pretty good barrier against toxins, it turns out that one of the reasons facial skin tends to be more sensitive is simply because it is so rich in pores. This abundance of pores allows more allergans through, causing more sensitivity. In addition, internal toxins (from diet, medications, illness, etc.) are more likely to break through on your facial skin, leading to blackheads, acne, and other blemishes.
Your facial skin is almost always exposed
Face it – a large portion of your skin is usually covered up, especially during the cooler months. But it’s rare that your face is covered. So your facial skin is often exposed to elements the rest of your skin is not: pollution, wind, sun, etc. It’s almost impossible to protect your face at all times.
It is, of course, important to keep your skin healthy – ALL of your skin. But, as we can see, the skin on your face needs a little bit more attention. Hydration, a healthy diet, and protection from the sun will go a long way to keeping the skin on your face looking good.