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What is the epidermis layer of skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The epidermis is the outside layer of the skin and is made up of proteins called keratin. It has no sensory fibers, so it literally feels no pain. Dead cells continually slough off and are replaced every six to eight weeks. The dust you see in your house? If you keep your windows closed, the majority of it is caused by your dead epidermis, plus that of your house guests.
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