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Does my skin have any natural protection?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your skin produces its own protection when oil glands produce natural oils. These oils are removed by soap, which can cause skin to become drier. Watch the animation to learn more about dry skin.


Your skin provides natural protection against the dangers of the environment, including the sun, temperature variations, wet or dry conditions and germs. The oils secreted by skin trap foreign particles and help keep the body free from infection. You can help your skin do its job by taking good care of it. Avoid using harsh soaps that can dry or irritate your skin. Use mild cleansers that are gentle to your skin, and slather your skin with moisturizer to keep it hydrated. Also use sunscreen daily to protect the skin from the sun's UVB and UVA rays. Frequently check your skin for unusual spots or growths and see your doctor if you have any concerns about your skin.

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