- Lanugo functions as an anchor to hold the vernix caseosa on the skin.
- The vernix caseosa also helps to prepare the fetus for life outside the womb.
- Without the lanugo to anchor the vernix caseosa, these functions would be compromised.
- Peeling skin from vernix caseosa or exposure to amniotic fluid should clear up within four weeks without treatment.
- Ceramide is a component of vernix caseosa, the waxy or cheese-like white substance found coating the skin of newborn human infants.