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Amazing Facts About Your Skin

The skin is made up of four main types of receptors which enable us to recognise pressure and sensation: Meissner’s corpuscles, Merkel’s discs, Ruffini endings, and Pacinian corpuscles. Each receptor responds to a different kind of physical trigger and elicits a different reaction, meaning they work together to allow us to detect a wide range of sensations. While Meissner’s corpuscles are nerve endings which respond to light touch, Merkel’s discs are located in hair follicles and recognise pressure and texture. Ruffini endings detect vibration, temperature and stretching, and Pacinian corpuscles react to vibration and pressure. Alongside these receptors within the epidermis, or skin tissue, are separate nerve endings which have sensitivity to pain.