9 Ways Your Skin Reacts to Everyday Situations

5. Our skin is full of bacteria.

9 Ways Your Skin Reacts to Everyday Situations

During your adult life, up to 1,000 different species of bacteria can be found living in your skin. These organisms, which are created by our own body, are usually good and oftentimes needed. They help fight other pathogens that can be harmful to us — and we’re exposed to them every day. But under certain conditions such as environmental factors, aging, stress, anxiety, and excessive sun exposure, those good bacteria can turn against us and cause various skin problems. Dermatitis, acne, and rosacea are among the most common issues.

6. Why we get goosebumps

9 Ways Your Skin Reacts to Everyday Situations

You can track goosebumps back to animals. We inherited this from them as a defensive mechanism to fight cold. Every hair is connected to the skin by a tiny muscle that can be contracted. When that happens, the hair “stands up.” The more fur an animal has, the more effective the trick is. Animal fur also bristles when they feel threatened. That’s why a cat with bristly fur and an arched back, for example, looks bigger, and that can be useful when they need to scare away an enemy.

Goosebumps may also occur during times of physical exertion, even for small activities. This is because the physical exertion activates your sympathetic, or instinctual, nervous system. Sometimes, goosebumps may come up for no reason at all.

Prev3 of 5Next