What is the name of the outer layer of epidermis? What is the name for the glands that are located around the hair shaft?

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Nov 14, 2015

The Stratum Corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis. Sebaceous glands are located around the hair shaft. enter image source here


The stratum corneum is the protective overcoat of the skin.

The sebaceous gland releases oil (sebum) out of the hair follicles to lubricate the hair and the skin.

Nov 14, 2015

The very outer layer is called the stratum corneum. There is a sebaceous gland around each hair that comes up from the dermis.


The epidermis is divided into 4 or 5 layers depending on whether it is thin skin or thick skin. The palms of the hand and the soles of the feet are made of thick skin.

  1. Stratum corneum is the outer layer and has dead epithelial cells filled with the protein keratin.

  2. Stratum lucidum is a translucent layer cells separating the corneum from the stratum granulosum (thick skin) or the Stratum basale (thin skin).

  3. Stratum granulosum an extra layer only in thick skin of soles & palms.

  4. Stratum basale, also called the germinativum, is the innermost layer. It is right above basement membrane.

It is made of a single row cuboidal epithelial cells that are dividing. This layer also has melanocytes. (skin color cells) which produce the pigment melanin.