When Dr. Lewis asked me to present a discussion on the structure and function of the sebaceous glands in a symposium entitled "The Seborrheic State Including Acne," I hastily pointed out that I felt poorly, if at all, qualified. In the first place, I have done little work on the pilosebaceous structure, and, in the second place, I am confused in my own mind as to the role of the pilosebaceous structure in the seborrheic state. Yet the mere fact that we have a term called seborrheic dermatitis certainly implicates the structure in some way.
May I review, then, the ABC's of sebaceous gland structure and function that we do know. There is a hope that such a review may act as a stimulus to further thinking and research by all of us on the subject in an attempt to get this common problem settled etiologically as
LOBITZ WC. The Structure and Function of the Sebaceous Glands. AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(2):162-171. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550200006002