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The skin is a very important (and our largest) organ: what does it do?

  • Written by Cara McDonald, Consultant Dermatologist, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
The skin is a very important (and our largest) organ: what does it do?It doesn't just hold everything in. Unsplash/Lucaxx Freire

This article is part of our series about skin: why we have it, what it does, and what can go wrong.


Our skin is a big deal – literally. It’s the largest organ in the body and one of the most complicated. It has many roles in the maintenance of life and health, but also has many...



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