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How often do skin cells divide?

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Skin cells go through the division phase that takes between 1/2 to 1 1/2 hours to complete, depending on the location. Body cells, which include skin, hair, and muscle, are duplicated through the process of mitosis.

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How often do skin cells divide?
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Skin cells belong in the category of somatic cells and are duplicated at a rapid rate during life. In comparison, brain and nerve cells seldom reproduce. Cell division occurs through a six-phase mitosis process in which a somatic cell divides into two completely identical cells. This process is repeated until the cycle is complete. Newly formed skin cells replace those that have died from damage or age.

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