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Does your skin contain protein?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The skin is composed of water, protein, and fat. The most commonly known proteins in the skin are collagen and keratin. Within the very outermost layer of skin, also known as the Stratum Corneum or skin barrier, skin cells are made up of proteins that can be easily damaged by harsh cleansing. Using a mild and moisturizing cleanser can help to protect those proteins and keep your skin barrier intact.

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