The stratum lucidum reduces friction and shear forces between the surrounding layers of the epidermis. About.com explains that the stratum lucidum layer is only present in a few areas of the body that have very thick ski... More »

Stratum basale is the deepest of the five layers of the epidermis. The stratum basale is a continuous layer of cells, usually only one cell thick, that is layered directly above the dermis. It is primarily made up of bas... More »

The stratum granulosum functions as the waterproofing layer of the skin that prevents fluid loss, according to the Loyola University Medical Education Network. Keratin accumulates in this layer by a process that forms a ... More »

The sub-layer of skin called the stratum spinosum is believed to aid in flexibility, and it enables the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, to better withstand the effects of friction and abrasion. The stratum spinosum is... More »

Stratum basale is the deepest of the five layers of the epidermis. The stratum basale is a continuous layer of cells, usually only one cell thick, that is layered directly above the dermis. It is primarily made up of bas... More »

Thick skin has a layer called the stratum lucidum in the epidermis that thin skin does not have. This is the layer designed to protect against ultraviolet ray damage from the sun. More »

The epidermis is arranged in four distinct layers over most of the body, with a fifth layer in the palms and soles of the feet. The epidermis is one of three integrated layers of the skin. The other two layers consist of... More »

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