Glabrous (hairless) skin found on the hands, feet, face, and ears is a unique component of the thermoregulatory system. Its anatomy and control physiology differ markedly from those of the rest of the skin. Glabrous regions contain vascular networks capable of supporting large blood flows due to the presence of highly tortuous and densely packed arteriovenous anastomoses (AVAs) and associated venous collecting networks [1]. When dilated, these vessels bring large volumes of blood close to the body surface where they function as highly efficient heat exchangers. Furthermore, the manner in which this blood flow is controlled is very unique, exhibiting, for example, rapid and high-magnitude responses, as well as a greater sensitivity to central core signals [1]. In this light, glabrous skin is an important but often overlooked tool the body uses to rapidly and finely adjust energy balance to maintain thermal equilibrium.

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