oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - The winter scourge of dry skin : clinical



Extracted from text ... SA PHARMACIST'S ASSISTANT ? may / june 2005 6 CLINICAL Background The skin is an organ system that: 1. Regulates body temperature 2. Senses touch 3. Acts as a barrier and 4. Prevents entry of foreign substances into the body. Each layer of the skin has a specific task. The very top layer of the skin is the stratum corneum, which contains keratin and is formed from the remains of dead skin cells. The stratum corneum acts as the barrier preventing entry of foreign substances into the body. The stratum corneum is lubricated by sebum (oil), which is produced ..


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