Rhythm of sebum excretion during the menstrual cycle

Dermatologica. 1991;182(4):211-3. doi: 10.1159/000247796.


We studied by the Sebutape technique variations in the sebum excretion and in the number of active sebaceous glands during 3 consecutive menstrual cycles. In seborrheic women we found cyclic changes with a maximum sebum excretion during the week before menstruation. In women with a low sebum production, no changes were found.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menstrual Cycle / physiology*
  • Sebum / metabolism*