Why does the skin on our fingers and toes get wrinkly in the water? - ProProfs Discuss
Cancel
TopicsDown
Products Down
Follow Us:
FacebookTwitter
Advertisement

Why does the skin on our fingers and toes get wrinkly in the water?

Asked by Dominic, Last updated: Sep 16, 2020

+ Answer
Request
Question menu
Vote up 1 Vote down

3 Answers

Sebastian321

Sebastian

Sebastian321
Epidermis forms the outermost layer of the skin. It contains keratin which is a protein that moistens skin and hair. The outermost layer of the epidermis constitutes dead keratin cells and is called stratum corneum.

When the skin of toes and fingers are kept in contact with water for a long time, this layer of dead keratin cells expand and become puffy. But there is layer of living keratin cells which resides below the dead layer, which has no space left after the expansion. So the stratum corneum becomes wrinkled to give them some space.
upvote 1 downvote
Reply 

Aminata132

Aminata

Aminata132
Aminata

Answered Jan 20, 2018

They get wrinkly because Laboratory tests confirmed a theory that wrinkly fingers improve our grip

upvote downvote
Reply 

Ess

Ess

Ess
Ess

Answered Dec 20, 2017

Our body has a reason to it's appearence

getting wrinkles while in water, can be a way of getting a better grip under water

since only our feet and hands get those

upvote downvote
Reply 

Advertisement
Advertisement
Search for Google images Google Image Icon
Select a recommended image
Upload from your computer Loader
Image Preview
Search for Google images Google Image Icon
Select a recommended image
Upload from your computer Loader
Image Preview
Search for Google images Google Image Icon
Select a recommended image
Upload from your computer Loader

Email Sent
We have sent an email to your address "" with instructions to reset your password.