2 doctors weighed in:

How do you know when a wound reached the dermis?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: What do you mean?

The epidermis is so thin (think "roof" of a blister) that nearly all wounds reach the dermis.
The dermis is the thick, sturdy portion of the skin (think the tough, fuzzy part of leather) and the epidermis is the waterproof layer on top (think the smooth layer on top that gives the leather its "finish"). Even a scratch often reaches the dermis. Hope this helps, but if not, ask again!

In brief: What do you mean?

The epidermis is so thin (think "roof" of a blister) that nearly all wounds reach the dermis.
The dermis is the thick, sturdy portion of the skin (think the tough, fuzzy part of leather) and the epidermis is the waterproof layer on top (think the smooth layer on top that gives the leather its "finish"). Even a scratch often reaches the dermis. Hope this helps, but if not, ask again!
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified, Dermatology
12 years in practice
93K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors