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Thin skin

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General histology of the skin.

The thickness of the skin varies greatly according to the location on the body. The thickness of the skin is mainly determined by the thickness of the epidermal layer. In areas where the skin is thin, the epidermal layer varies from 75 to 150 μm.  

The 'thin skin' is a term that describes skin found everywhere except for the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The skin is especially thin in areas such as eyelids

The epidermis of thin skin consists of four layers of cells which include (deep to superficial): 

  • Basal layer
  • Spinous layer
  • Granular layer
  • Stratum corneum

The thin skin lacks an additional layer present in thick skin areas which are known as the stratum lucidum. This layer mostly adds to the increased thickness of the epidermis in certain areas.

Definition The 'thin skin' is a term that describes skin found everywhere except for the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
Layers Basal layer, spinous layer, granular layer, stratum corneum 
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