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The Sebaceous Glands

  • A. J. Thody
  • S. Shuster
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 87 / 1)

Abstract

The sebaceous glands are lipid-secreting glands found in the dermis of mammals. Most are associated with hair follicles as pilosebaceous glands found on most of the body surface:in man they are largest and most numerous on the face, forehead, scalp and front and back of the upper chest. The free sebaceous glands are not associated with hairs and occur in the transitional zones between the skin and mucous membranes. They are particularly prevalent in the anogenital and periareolar skin and the buccal mucosal membranes, where they increase in size with age. In some mammals free sebaceous glands have become highly specialised and are concerned with the secretion of pheromones, e.g. the preputial glands of rodents, the ventral glands of the gerbil, the costovertebral glands of hamsters and the large brachial glands of lemurs.

Keywords

Sebaceous Gland Skin Surface Lipid Preputial Gland Sebum Production Sebum Secretion 
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