Pilosebaceous Follicles: Structure, Biochemistry, and Function

  • Gerd Plewig
  • Bodo Melnik
  • WenChieh Chen


For a deeper understanding of acne and sebaceous gland-related diseases, it is important to be familiar with the anatomy and physiology of sebaceous follicles. This chapter provides information about sebaceous gland structure and sebaceous lipogenesis. The secretory end product of sebaceous glands is sebum, which plays a key role in the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerd Plewig
    • 1
  • Bodo Melnik
    • 2
  • WenChieh Chen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology and AllergyLudwig-Maximilian-University MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health TheoryUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany
  3. 3.Department of Dermatology and AllergyTechnical University of MunichMunichGermany

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