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Dermal Structure and Function

The dermis provides the foundation for the skin, with fibroblasts embedded in a structural matrix comprised primarily of collagen.

Changes in the dermis are of particular importance for the cosmetic industry, due to both the physical structure it provides, but also due to the direct control it exerts on epidermal keratinocytes via a range of bi-directional signalling pathways.

Dermal structure and function can be evaluated via the following range of standard tests: