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The Stratum Corneum

1. April 2010

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The stratum corneum (Latin for “horny layer”) consists of dead skin cells that, in losing their living nuclei as they are pushed to the surface by new cells forming underneath them, have been flattened into tiny flakes. These flakes, by their shape, interlock into a shielding veneer. In young skin, his veneer layer is rapidly [...]

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How Does Skin Function?

22. March 2010

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Our skin protects us – and continues to do so year after year throughout our lives – because it replaces itself constantly. In young people, the entire skin is replaced within less than a month. In old folks, it may take the body as long as 45 days to replace the skin. During an 80-year [...]

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WHAT IS SKIN?

11. March 2010

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Most descriptions of skin explain that it consists of  three layers: the epidermis, which is the outer layer; the dermis, which is the main part of the skin; and the subcutaneous, or fatty layer at the base of the skin. However, while correct, this oversimplification clouds rather than enlightens our understanding of skin. For one [...]

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What Does Skin Do?

4. March 2010

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Simply stated,  skin is a miracle. We think you’ll agree by the end of this article. Just consider some of your skin’s extraordinary qualities: Treated properly, it stays with you – and in good working condition – for a lifetime. No man-made flexible protective covering lasts nearly that long. Plastic becomes stiff and cracks. Rubber [...]

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