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The Keratin Trilogy: Skin, Hair and Nails

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Keratin is the key component of our skin, hair and nails. Its protein building blocks have amino acid chains, coiled, cross-linked and classified as either hard or soft. It separates us from our environment by forming thin and flexible skin, strong hair and rigid nails.

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What is keratin and what has it ever done for us? Fundamental to life, keratin abundant tissue has provided clothing, shelter, adornments, tools and utensils over millennia. Keratin is the key component of our skin, hair and nails. Its protein building blocks have amino acid chains, coiled, cross-linked and classified as either hard or soft. It separates us from our environment by forming thin and flexible skin, strong hair and rigid nails. Even embryonic teeth have a keratin layer!

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Jan Riley
Jan Riley is a specialist dermatology nurse based in regional New South Wales, Australia. Her postgraduate studies include a Certificate in Dermatology Nursing (USA), Master of Nursing (NP) and Certificates in Dermoscopy and Skin Cancer Medicine. Driven by a passion for “all things skin”, Jan is a staunch and passionate mentor and advocate, who is always ready and willing to share knowledge and inspire nurses to understand skin’s impact on daily lives. Her active participation in a range of professional activities has greatly assisted to raise the profile of dermatology and skin disease in the community. Jan currently develops and presents skin education modules through a co-directed nurse education company (Dermatology Nurse Education Australia) for nurses across all areas of care delivery.
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