Hydration and lipids

Philip W. Wertz, Bozena B. Michniak

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The primary function of the epidermis is to produce a stratum corneum capable of providing a watertight barrier [1]. Although the stratum corneum is an excellent water barrier, it is not completely impermeable, and under normal conditions water from the fully hydrated living layers diffuses through the stratum corneum and evaporates at the surface. Water is an essential component of the stratum corneum, and in its absence the stratum corneum would be stiff and brittle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioengineering of the Skin
Subtitle of host publicationWater and the Stratum Corneum, Second Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781420040111
ISBN (Print)0849314437, 9780849314438
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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