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What is stearic acid?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Stearic acid is a fatty acid that is found naturally in the protective outer layer of the skin. It is one of the building blocks of the lipid layers in skin, which help to form a barrier and preserve the skin's natural moisture.

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