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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.

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