Facts About Sebaceous Glands
your skin’s health and vibrancy. Sebaceous glands are essential skin organs that produce
sebum, an oily substance that protects and lubricates your skin and hair. These glands begin
producing sebum after you’re born, peak during puberty, and then return to average secretion
amounts until age 70, when production slows once more.
The Purpose of Sebum
Think of sebum as a resilient, protective coating for your skin. Once produced by the sebaceous glands, sebum guards your skin against external irritants and helps keep your skin healthy. As a natural moisturizer, sebum keeps your skin hydrated and supple. Additionally, its subtle barrier helps your skin maintain proper pH levels, fostering an environment where healthy bacteria can thrive while discouraging the growth of harmful pathogens.
However, when sebum production goes into overdrive—often during hormonal fluctuations like puberty—it can mix with dead skin cells, clogging pores and creating an environment ripe for the growth of bacteria. This clogging can manifest as the unwelcome guest known as a pimple.