Sebaceous glands are important
components of the skin.
(The skin is also known as the "integument",
Sebaceous glands are glands (i.e. groups of cells
specialized for synthesizing and secreting specific fluids) that synthesize
an oily substance called sebum - which is then released to the surface
of the skin.
These are exocrine
glands) because they discharge sebum via ducts – as opposed to
directly into the bloodstream.
To view an example of the location of a sebaceous gland
relative to the other key components of the skin see:
of the Structure of the Skin. This may be of particular interest
to students of courses in massage,
reflexology, beauty therapies, and other clinical courses.