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Overview of the Integumentary (Skin) System

Author(s): Center for Educational Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine

Dermis

The dermis, also known as the “true skin,” lies beneath the epidermis. It is thickest in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Comprised mostly of collagen, the dermis also is rich in blood vessels, nerves and sweat and sebaceous glands.