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How is the stratum corneum formed?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Think of the stratum corneum as a brick wall. Skin cells (the "bricks") make their way up from the deeper regions of skin, become flattened, and are layered on top of one another in a neatly ordered fashion near the surface. Lipids (the "mortar") are interwoven between the cells and help to keep the stratum corneum compact. This lipid layer also helps to fend off water from easily entering the skin from the outside environment, and effectively keeps skin's own natural moisture from evaporating. The stratum corneum maintains the right balance of water within the skin and is our primary defense against the environment.

 

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