What is a sebaceous gland?

The organ located in the dermis is known as a sebaceous gland.

The functions performed by the sebaceous gland

  • They secrete an oily, wax substance known as sebum.
  • Sebum waterproofs and lubricates the skin and hair of mammals.
  • Sebum lubricates the skin to protect against friction and makes it more impervious to moisture.
  • Sebaceous glands are usually attached to hair follicles and release a fatty substance.

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