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