The skin is the ultimate vessel for the human body; it receives and transports, accepts and expels according to the body’s needs. It is container, defender, regulator, breather, feeler, and adaptor. But success in these roles is not accomplished automatically. As sturdy as it is, the skin requires attention and maintenance to function properly.
Without such care, the complex organization of the skin breaks down, making it and the body it protects susceptible to injury and disease. Thus, the body’s coverall organ is as fragile as it is seemingly unyielding.