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Dermatology Glossary

Dermatology and your skin from A to Z with our Dermatology Glossary: a dermatology glossary of essential words you need to know to better understand dermatological products and how your skin works.

KERATIN

Major protein found in the cells of the horny layer and in hair and nails. It is particularly resistant to external mechanical stress.

KERATINISATION

Process by which the keratinocytes in the basal layer turn into corneocytes (keratinocytes in the horny layer).

KERATINOCYTES

Epidermal generating cells which produce keratin and many mediators involved in the inflammatory reaction.