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Chemical structure of skin and hair

Source: Skin, Hair and Cosmetics, 2. Edition, 2001, Eberhard Heymann

Two layers of the skin (=cutis) are relatively sharply delimitable from each other, the external epidermis, also called episkin, and the underlying dermis (leather skin, korium).

The boundary between dermis and epidermis is not a flat surface, but the dermis sends stool-shaped bulges (=papillae) into the epidermis. Thus, the interface between the two layers can be greatly enlarged.

In the papillae of the dermis there are blood capillaries, which supply the epidermis with nutrients; the epidermis itself does not contain blood vessels.

The larger arteries and veins lie in the deeper layers of the dermis and in the subcutis.


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