This first article in a 2-part series on the epidermal skin barrier examines the anatomy and development of the epidermis and stratum corneum, as well as homeostasis and physical stressors that affect the epidermis.
Jane Fore-Pfliger, MD, CWS, FAPWCA, is in private practice as a wound care specialist in Lewiston, ID, and Clarkston, WA. She is board-certified in internal medicine. Dr Fore-Pfliger is chairperson of the authors’ committee of the American Professional Wound Care Association.
Submitted May 12, 2004; accepted June 21, 2004.