How does the epidermis renew itself?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Skin renews itself through a complex process that repeats every 14 days. Cells start to form in the lower layer of the skin, called the dermis, and migrate upwards to form the outermost layer, or the epidermis. The cells change and mature throughout this process, ultimately ending up as a compact, tight layer that is interwoven with lipids, to keep skin's natural moisture barrier intact.

Continue Learning about Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin

Staying out of the sun and away from tanning beds is the easiest way to get great-looking skin. The suns UVB and UVA rays cause skin damage, which is prematurely aging, and skin cancer. Every day you should wear a broad-spectrum s...

unscreen, which blocks UVB and UVA rays, with an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply at least every two hours while outdoors. For a dewy glow, use skin-care products with 10 ingredients or less to reduce irritation, use moisturizer and feed your skin from within. Dark chocolate and antioxidant-rich foods such as cantaloupe, citrus fruits, blueberries and leafy greens improve the skin’s appearance.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.