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Stratum Corneum Anatomy - The Key to Healthy, Attractive Skin

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Updated November 04, 2009

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Stratum Corneum Anatomy - The Corneocyte
Stratum Corneum Anatomy - The Key to Healthy, Attractive Skin

The structure of the stratum corneum has been described as a "brick and mortar" type structure. In this analogy, the corneocytes are the bricks. A corneocyte is a protein complex that is made of tiny threads of keratin in an organized matrix. The keratin can hold large amounts of water between the fibers/threads. The stratum corneum is contains about 12-16 layers of corneocytes and each corneocyte has a mean thickness of 1 micrometer, depending on the following factors:

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