Since you made it to this page, you obviously care about your health and the effects chemicals will have upon it. We’ve all heard the skin is our largest organ but did you know it weighs more than any single internal organ, accounting for about 15 percent of body weight! For the average adult human, the skin has a surface area of between 8-10.8 sq.ft. That is a mighty big sponge!
To give an example of how much your skin absorbs, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health studied rates of skin absorption of contaminants in public drinking water. The study found that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of the total contaminant dosage.