Skin

How your skin works

What skin colour means

Skin colour and race have developed loaded meanings. But when a biological explanation is given for these historical labels, people can start moving away from misunderstandings.

How your skin works

Your skin regulates your body temperature, forms a physical barrier against injury and infection, and protects your internal organs. Here's how it works.

Why your skin changes colour

You can perk up pallor by slapping on self-tan or make-up, but your skin’s colour can also say much about your emotions and your state of health.

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Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch.

She currently runs a dermatology practice in Cape Town’s northern suburbs and her specialities include eczema, childhood skin conditions and acne.

She also has a passion for enhancing natural beauty through cosmetic procedures.

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