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What's the difference between sebaceous glands and sweat glands in the skin?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: Sweat vrs sebaceous

Sweat glands secrete sweat (h20, ammonia, urea, salt) onto skin surface.
Function: cooling+ evaporation and removal of wastes sebaceous gland (oil glands) secrete oil onto hair and skin. Function: prevents drying and protects against bacteria.

In brief: Sweat vrs sebaceous

Sweat glands secrete sweat (h20, ammonia, urea, salt) onto skin surface.
Function: cooling+ evaporation and removal of wastes sebaceous gland (oil glands) secrete oil onto hair and skin. Function: prevents drying and protects against bacteria.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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