Viewing the Skin Through an Electron Microscope

Written by Leanna Serras

One can learn a lot about their skin by looking through a microscope. Electron microscopes can help us understand what, if anything is wrong with our skin. The top part skin is made up in layers dead skin cells, epidermis, and dermis. Viewing skin through an Electron microscope shows different problems that can present themselves like skin disease and even cancer. It can even detect topical variances such as fragrance chemicals or sun damage.

All types of human skin can be examined using a microscope slide. Epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous are different tissue that are often examined under slides.

The epidermis is the most outer layer of the skin and acts as the protective barrier against nature and mankind problems. This is the thickest on the palm of the hands and the thinnest on the eyelids. Human skin has seven layers and this is between four to five layers. Dermis is the skin directly under the epidermis this consists of connectivity tissue. Subcutaneous tissue resides directly on top of the epidermis which consists of dead skin.

Viewing tissue through a microscope has been able to help us understand what the skin consists of. This has paved the way in medical technology and being able to help prevent and treat conditions and diseases of the skin. It is also shown us how the skin is made up and exactly what it consists of.