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5 Things You Need to Know About Hidradenitis Suppurativa

By Jeffrey Benabio ; Updated July 18, 2017

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.

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