What are the different types of glands found on the skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There are 3 main types of glands found on human skin:

• Eccrine glands - secrete sweat through pores found in the palms of
  hands, soles of feet, and forehead

• Sebaceous glands - secrete oily sebum and are found on the chest,
  back, scalp, face, and forehead

• Apocrine glands - secrete sweat via canals along hair follicles in the
  underarms, pubic area, anus, and nipple area

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