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Name: Lisa
Status: student
Grade: 6-8
Location: GA
Country: USA
Date: Summer2014


Question:
Does the body ever stop producing skin cells?



Replies:
No. But it does slow down. And it makes sense as well. Without this capacity the protection capacity would be very much compromised.

Dr. Waseem S. Abbasi


The Integument system is renewing itself constantly. You are rubbing cells off your body every time you touch something and especially when you wash. This is protective as well as keeping your outer skin fresh. When you damage your skin, this same process is involved with repairing. Your skin also is a barrier to diseases and other harmful chemicals from the environmental that will damage your skin, but the continual renewal saves the day.

Good question. Steve Sample


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