Dermatology Anatomy / Physiology Clinical Abnormalities--Epidermis

Stratum corneum

John L. Bezzant, M.D.

The stratum corneum, the barrier layer, is very thin, and can be removed with scotch tape and by applying scotch tape to the skin repeatedly for 15 or 20 times. Even though it is physically thin it is a very resilient and effective barrier layer.