11 Feb Skin Anatomy: Epidermis – Part 6 of 12 of the One Skin Series
Let’s talk about ‘Skin Anatomy: Epidermis’ This is 6 of 12 of the One Skin Series!
- The epidermis is the outer layer of the skin and contains a variety of cells.
- These include keratinocytes, melanocytes, Merkel cells, and Langerhans cells.
- Keratinocytes and melanocytes can be damaged by UV radiation and cause cancer.
- Although Merkel cells and Langerhans cells are located in the epidermis, they are not considered to be skin cells and are not affected by UV radiation.
- Merkel cells connect to nerve cells and function as touch receptors for the skin.
- Langerhans cells are immune cells residing in the skin. They help to prevent infection.