The skin, part of the integumentary system.

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What happens to the ink of a tattoo over time? [duplicate]

Tattoos are commonplace all over the world, but a simple yet key question is what happen to the ink injected in the derma over time. Is it digested by macrophages or simply encapsulated by fibroblasts?...
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Measuring, using and analyzing skin resistance in kohms

What are ballpark ranges of skin resistance in Kohms for average men and their significance (for example 500-1000s = stressed vs 1000+ = fairly relaxed) What do various skin resistances in kohms say ...
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Why do some macaques have redder faces than others?

I'm watching Monkey Kingdom, and I noticed some of the macaques have redder faces than others. Specifically the females, and as the social ladder increases, so does the redness. An alpha female: ...
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What is different between the pigment of giraffes and the pigment of flowers?

I saw this video created by Derek Muller and he says there that it is very unusual to evolutionary develop the colour of the skin without the pigment. That sounds reasonable but if so, what nutrients ...
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Why are skin moles (pigmented spots) circular in shape?

I have never seen a rectangular or triangular shaped mole. Is there any reason for why moles are roughly circular in shape?
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Healing of Skin Superficial Wound

How does the body heal a skin wound without bleeding? I had a wound in which thick layer of skin was gone and which was too painful to touch. I could see the wound secreting clear liquid rather than ...
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How and why do skin tags develop?

WebMD writes: Skin tags are small, soft pieces of skin that stick out on a thin stem. They most often appear on the neck, armpits, upper trunk, and body folds. The cause of skin tags is not known. ...
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Do goosebumps always appear in the same spots on the skin?

Often one gets goosebumps when one is cold. I am curious whether the precise location of the goosebumps on, say, one's leg changes from occurrence to occurrence or not? In case if their precise ...
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What is our skin made up of?

Again, it is a basic question. What is our skin made up of? is it made up of many cells arranged in a systematic way or is it just like any layer say of a book?? what is the difference? where is the ...
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Model for Oxygen diffusion into tissue? [closed]

Currently I have an idea and want to research it's feasibility. I want to know how oxygen or any other particle could diffuse into the body through small holes in the skin. is it possible to ...
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Is the Michael Jackson skin pigmentation disease realistic?

Quoting wikipedia: Jackson's skin had been a medium-brown color for the entire duration of his youth, but starting in the mid-1980s, it gradually grew paler. The change gained widespread media ...
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Influence of artificial sunlight on the human body

In a hypothetical scenario, where a large, permanently manned craft is in a continual orbit, and natural sunlight cannot be used as the craft may keep moving and turning, artificial sunlight is used ...
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Do “scars” in humans replace all the skin layers or only some layers?

When someone has a cut or surgical incision that results in a "scar", is the scar tissue replacing all 3 layers of the skin (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis)? Or only the first one or two of them?
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Relation between goose bumps and temperature

As we all know, cold weather will cause us to have goose bumps. I honestly don't know why (1), because our skin contracts? Apart from that something quite contradicting happened this morning. I was ...
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Can skin be removed and replaced so that it maintains its original cellular structure?

The cells in our body that form tissue, such as our skin, are interconnected. I would think that cutting out tissue or trying to repair/replace it, as is done in surgery, or after an injury, could not ...
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metabolic heat generation and exercise intensity

Is there a relationship between bio heat equation (found here) and exercise intensity as described here That is I am trying to include the effect from exercises to the tempertaure variation in skin. I ...
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How thick is the residue from a fingerprint?

I am trying to work out the mass added to a small glass sphere when it is picked up with bare fingers.
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Is the fingerprint regenerated?

Let's say you get a a cut on your finger. Will the fingerprint be regenerated to matched your original fingerprint and if so, how?
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Liquids with high rate of evaporation and high latent heat that can be safely be put on your skin

If it is warm we sweat, allowing our bodies to cool down using evaporative cooling. However, if it is very humid, this doesn't work well anymore. One can then try to stay cool by putting a liquid ...
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Is it possible for a person to eat so many carrots that one turns orange?

I once read that Jerry Rubin (a famous 1960s activist) ate so many carrots that he turned orange. (This was in the East Bay Express, around twenty years ago.) I assumed it could be true, though he ...
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My hand was stabbed with a pencil tip 10 years ago - why is the graphite still visible?

I, and multiple people that I know, have permanent marks (up to 30 years) from a graphite pencil puncturing the skin. The palm of my hand still shows a very clear mark where my hand was punctured by a ...
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Why did humans evolved the scratch reflex?

I've been wondering about this for some time, and I can't come to an answer... Everybody keeps telling me that scratching one's own skin is bad. It damages the epidermis, creates the hazard of ...
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What Effect Does Skin Redness Have On Underlying Tissue?

When someone applies a rubefacient ( something that increases blood flow to the skin, turning it red), what effect does this have on the underlying tissue? Is blood supply increased radially from ...
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Why are lips covered with specialized skin?

I found out some interesting facts while studying our lips: They are covered in glabrous skin, while most of the skin surface is hairy; The outermost layer (stratum corneum) of the skin is far ...
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How hot can a beverage get without burning the tongue?

What is the maximum temperature that a beverage can be without burning the tongue? I suspect there's a maximum temperature that the surface tissue of a tongue can withstand without being damaged (...
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Is the sun's damage to skin sufficient to warrant protection anytime the average person goes outside or just for extended periods?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology website, Everyone needs sunscreen Sunscreen should be used every day if you will be outside. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round. ...
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Why do we itch? [duplicate]

Here I have a simple question why do we itch? Is it because of some alteration of the skin or just a reflex action by the CNS? I am asking for a reasoned scientific answer to this.
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Why do tattoos persist if body cells are regularly renewed?

I am not quite sure if it is true, but I read somewhere that within 7 years all the body's cells are replaced with new ones. I am not quite sure if it is cells or atoms. If it is then why do tattoos ...
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How does a smoker's finger or mustache get yellowish by nicotine?

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death around the world.$\ce{^1}$ The stain is considered as a "tell-tale" sign for identifying smokers. Multiple materials stated that it's due to ...
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Why are Merkel cells innervated by an axon, and not a dendrite?

Here are two images from Google. Afferent neurons receive input and send it to the central nervous system. Input is received by the neuron's dendritic end and send away centrally via axon terminals ...
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Skin color explanation?

I do not understand how skin color in humans work, even after taking a basic genetics course and reading some on wikipedia. From what I understand, skin is color based on multiple genes that control ...
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Why does the sweat of children not smell like adults?

My kids sweat plenty in this hot heat, but they don't smell afterward. I on the other hand need all kinds of deodorant. Why doesn't kid sweat smell?
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Herbal remedies for damaged tissue [closed]

What is the mechanism of action of Arnica oil to repair damaged tissue? Which preparation of Arnica is more effective - an oil-based or water-based extract?
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Why can good music raise goosebumps?

Listening to really good music right now, I was wondering why it raises goosebumps. Is there any physiological reason for this reaction to specific wavelengths or something? EDIT: Due sometimes ...
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What causes the line patterns in the palm of the hand?

The line patterns on the hand are unique to each individual, but what causes these lines and re they advantageous in anyway?
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How can haired mammals synthesize vitamin D?

The human body can synthesize vitamin D in the skin from cholesterol, when sun exposure is adequate. But how can haired mammals do it? Do not they need it?
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Do sweat pores change diameter?

In Cholinergic Urticaria, some people believe that the itching which is generally more in winters might be because that the diameter of sweat pores is less due to less activity(less sweat production) ...
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Why are skin tactile receptors considered to be phasic receptors?

A phasic receptor by definition is one that quickly adapts to change. In terms of neuron firing, this means that it does not trigger another firing because the receptors are used to the stimulus. But ...
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Can anti-aging cream work?

I have a friend who told me that anti-aging cream cannot work to reduce wrinkles as it only penetrates x amount of skin layers and can never make a long term effect. Me not knowing much about how ...
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Can a portion of human skin cells be modified in some way to generate light? [closed]

I have come across some species of living organisms who are able to emit light at whim. Can that ability be incorporated into a portion of human skin (a specialized tissue)?
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Do humans perceive temperature or heat-flux? (or both?)

The general understanding is that when I touch an object, I perceive its (relative) temperature. A metal object at room temperature, however, will often feel cool to the touch. This leads me to ...
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Why is hyper pigmentation the common aftermath of skin lesions and abrasions?

I'm aware that melanocytes produce melanin, giving color to the skin, but why are these cells recruited or overactive when healing skin abrasions, lesions and sores when T-cells and inflammatory ...
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Why are particular laser-related skin products not recommended for darker skin tones?

This is about products such as: The "Theradome" laser helmet (this claims to stimulate hair growth through lasers) Theradomeā„¢, a biomedical engineering company based in the Silicon Valley, is ...
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Is there any conclusive study relating the food consumed and the occurrence of acne?

The internet says a million things about what to eat and what not to in case of acne. For instance: Refrain from dairy products. Refrain from food heavy in unsaturated fat. Refrain from too much ...
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The skin color of bonobos

Why is that bonobos skin color on the areas not covered by hair are dark throughout life unlike the chimpanzee?
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Why Is The Toughness Of Skin Different On Different Parts Of The Body?

My cat was licking my arm with his sandpaper like tongue. It hurt and the area he was licking was slightly smarting afterwards. However, when he licks the palm of my hand the feeling is rather ...
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Why does some skin hold perfume longer than others

I was wondering my girlfriend and I used the same perfume for a while and we sprayed the same place. And after a day her skin still smells nice while mine smells normal. Will different types of ...
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Any relevant knowledge/studies about voluntary goose bumps [duplicate]

I'm not entirely sure how normal this is, but since I was a child, I've been able to produce myself voluntarily a "chill" sensation that seems to start on my head and traverse the rest of my body, ...
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Dead skin cell decomposition

What would be the resultant by-products of a completely decomposed dead skin cell? What would be the size of each of the by-products of a decomposed dead skin cell? How long would it take for a dead ...
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Why do some cuts leave scars, while others do not?

Last year I got a moderately-deep cut on my finger, and it left a scar. Six months later, the scar is still there. On the other hand, I've had lots of other cuts on my fingers, though none have left ...