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Diseases of the Sebaceous, Sweat, and Apocrine Glands


Acne is a very common disorder of the pilosebaceous unit; it affects about 80-90% of adolescents. Acne is characterized by the formation of comedones, papules, pustules, and in some cases cysts and nodules. The face, chest, and back are the common sites affected; at these sites, the density of the sebaceous glands is high; these glands are under the influence of androgens. At puberty, the glands become activated under androgenic influence and give rise to acne. The disease gradually subsides by the late twenties in the majority.


  • Sweat Gland
  • Sebaceous Gland
  • Azelaic Acid
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis

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Zaidi, Z., Lanigan, S.W. (2010). Diseases of the Sebaceous, Sweat, and Apocrine Glands. In: Dermatology in Clinical Practice. Springer, London.

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