zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

5 Things You Need to Know About Hidradenitis Suppurativa

by
author image Jeffrey Benabio
Dr. Jeffrey Benabio is a board-certified dermatologist in San Diego. He is the founder of TheDermBlog.com, a site devoted to making skin care simple. Dr. Benabio was called one of America's top skin care physician's by "O, The Oprah Magazine."
5 Things You Need to Know About Hidradenitis Suppurativa
A close-up of a woman's chest showing sweaty underams. Photo Credit Miyuki Satake/iStock/Getty Images

Acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged and lead to build-up of sebum and bacteria of sebaceous glands. Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic inflammatory skin condition similar to acne that occurs when hair follicles are clogged. Unlike acne, it is the apocrine glands rather than the sebaceous glands that become clogged.
Sebaceous glands are the oil glands that are found mostly on the face and scalp. Apocrine glands, on the other hand, are a type of sweat gland. They are are located mostly in the underarms and groin. Apocrine glands develop only after puberty and produce a milky substance, which along with normal skin bacteria, create body odor. They are important in cooling the body and perhaps in mating (the odor is a signal for mating mammals).
Hidradenitis suppurativa develops when these apocrine glands are blocked, leading to painful, red, draining nodules under the arms and in the groin.

Acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged and lead to build-up of sebum and bacteria of sebaceous glands. Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic inflammatory skin condition similar to acne that occurs when hair follicles are clogged. Unlike acne, it is the apocrine glands rather than the sebaceous glands that become clogged.
Sebaceous glands are the oil glands that are found mostly on the face and scalp. Apocrine glands, on the other hand, are a type of sweat gland. They are are located mostly in the underarms and groin. Apocrine glands develop only after puberty and produce a milky substance, which along with normal skin bacteria, create body odor. They are important in cooling the body and perhaps in mating (the odor is a signal for mating mammals).
Hidradenitis suppurativa develops when these apocrine glands are blocked, leading to painful, red, draining nodules under the arms and in the groin.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

CURRENTLY TRENDING

Demand Media

Our Privacy Policy has been updated. Please take a moment and read it here.