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What is a hair follicle?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A hair follicle is the sac that contains the root portion of a single human hair. It is connected to a gland that produces oil called sebum.  A hair follicle can get clogged, leading to skin problems. This animation tells you more about hair follicles and your skin.



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