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Sweat vs. Sebum: Know the Difference

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Sweat is a clear, salty liquid produced by sweat glands for cooling the body, while sebum is an oily substance secreted by sebaceous glands to lubricate and protect skin and hair.
Sweat vs. Sebum

Key Differences

Sweat, primarily water with traces of minerals, urea, and lactate, is produced to regulate body temperature. Sebum, an oily secretion, is composed of triglycerides, wax esters, and squalene, serving to moisturize and protect the skin and hair.
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Sweat is produced by eccrine and apocrine sweat glands located throughout the body. Sebum is secreted by sebaceous glands, which are most abundant on the face and scalp.
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Sweat is a clear, watery fluid that evaporates from the skin surface, causing a cooling effect. Sebum is a viscous, oily substance that coats the skin and hair, providing a barrier against environmental damage.
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The production of sweat increases during physical activity or in hot conditions to cool the body, while sebum production is more constant, maintaining the skin's and hair’s natural moisture and flexibility.
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Excessive or inadequate sweating can lead to health issues like dehydration or heatstroke. Overproduction or underproduction of sebum can result in skin problems such as acne or dry skin.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Function

Cooling the body by evaporation.
Lubricating and protecting skin and hair.
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Source Glands

Eccrine and apocrine glands.
Sebaceous glands.
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Composition

Mostly water with salts and organic compounds.
Oils, waxes, and fatty acids.
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Physical Property

Clear, watery fluid.
Viscous, oily substance.
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Body Regulation

Regulates body temperature.
Maintains skin and hair moisture.
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Sweat and Sebum Definitions

Sweat

Perspiration, the fluid secreted by sweat glands.
After jogging, his shirt was drenched in sweat.
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Sebum

A natural skin lubricant.
Overproduction of sebum can lead to oily skin.
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Sweat

Hard work or effort.
She put a lot of sweat into her garden.
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Sebum

A factor in skin and hair texture.
Sebum affects the hair's shine and smoothness.
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Sweat

A state of anxiety or nervousness.
Waiting for the test results, she was in a cold sweat.
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Sebum

The oily secretion of sebaceous glands.
Sebum helps to keep the skin moisturized.
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Sweat

To excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin; perspire.
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Sebum

A contributor to skin health.
Balanced sebum levels are crucial for a healthy skin.
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Sweat

To exude in droplets, as moisture from certain cheeses or sap from a tree.
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Sebum

A protective agent against external elements.
Sebum shields the skin from wind and pollution.
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Sweat

To collect moisture in small drops from the air, as a cold water pipe.
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Sebum

The semifluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin, and cellular material.
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Sweat

To release moisture, as hay in the swath.
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Sebum

(physiology) A thick oily substance, secreted by the sebaceous glands of the skin, that consists of fat, keratin and cellular debris.
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Sweat

To ferment, as tobacco during curing.
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Sebum

The oily secretion of the sebaceous glands; with perspiration it moistens and protects the skin
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Sweat

(Informal) To work long and hard
Sweated over his term paper.
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Sweat

(Informal) To fret or worry
Don't sweat over the bills.
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Sweat

To excrete (moisture) through a porous surface, such as the skin.
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Sweat

To excrete (wastes) in perspiration
Sweated out the toxins in the steam room.
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Sweat

To have (moisture) condense in small drops on a surface.
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Sweat

To cause to perspire, as by drugs, heat, or strenuous exercise
Running for the train got me sweated up.
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Sweat

To make damp or wet with perspiration
His shirt was sweated.
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Sweat

To cause to work excessively; overwork.
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Sweat

To overwork and underpay (employees).
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Sweat

To interrogate (someone) under duress
Sweated the suspected spy for hours.
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Sweat

To extract (information) from someone under duress
The police sweated the information out of the suspect.
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Sweat

(Metallurgy) To join (metal parts) by interposing cold solder and then heating.
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Sweat

To steam (vegetables or other food).
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Sweat

(Informal) To fret or worry about
Don't sweat the details.
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Sweat

The colorless saline moisture excreted by the sweat glands; perspiration.
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Sweat

Condensation of moisture in the form of droplets on a surface.
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Sweat

The process of sweating.
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Sweat

A condition or instance of sweating
Worked up a sweat raking leaves.
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Sweat

Strenuous labor or exertion
It took a lot of sweat to move the piano.
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Sweat

A run given to a horse as exercise before a race.
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Sweat

(Informal) An anxious, fretful condition
Got myself in a sweat over the deadline.
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Sweat

A sweatsuit.
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Sweat

Sweatpants.
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Sweat

Fluid that exits the body through pores in the skin usually due to physical stress and/or high temperature for the purpose of regulating body temperature and removing certain compounds from the circulation.
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Sweat

The state of one who sweats; diaphoresis.
Just thinking about the interview tomorrow puts me into a nervous sweat.
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Sweat

(figurative) Hard work; toil.
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Sweat

(figurative) Moisture issuing from any substance.
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Sweat

A short run by a racehorse as a form of exercise.
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Sweat

(historical) The sweating sickness.
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Sweat

A soldier (especially one who is old or experienced).
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Sweat

An extremely competitive player.
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Sweat

(intransitive) To emit sweat.
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Sweat

(transitive) To cause to excrete moisture through skin.
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Sweat

To cause to perspire.
His physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics.
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Sweat

To work hard.
I've been sweating over my essay all day.
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Sweat

(video games) To be extremely dedicated to winning a game; to play competitively.
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Sweat

To extract money, labour, etc. from, by exaction or oppression.
To sweat a spendthrift
To sweat labourers
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Sweat

To worry.
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Sweat

To worry about (something).
Don't sweat it!
To sweat the small stuff
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Sweat

(transitive) To emit, in the manner of sweat.
To sweat blood
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Sweat

(intransitive) To emit moisture.
The cheese will start sweating if you don't refrigerate it.
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Sweat

(intransitive) To have drops of water form on (something's surface) due to moisture condensation.
Coasters are a good way to stop a sweating glass from damaging your table.
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Sweat

To solder (a pipe joint) together.
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Sweat

To stress out.
Stop sweatin' me!
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Sweat

To cook slowly at low heat, in shallow oil and without browning, to reduce moisture content.
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Sweat

To remove a portion of (a coin), as by shaking it with others in a bag, so that the friction wears off a small quantity of the metal.
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Sweat

(intransitive) To suffer a penalty; to smart for one's misdeeds.
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Sweat

(transitive) To take a racehorse for a short exercise run.
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Sweat

To excrete sensible moisture from the pores of the skin; to perspire.
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Sweat

Fig.: To perspire in toil; to work hard; to drudge.
He 'd have the poets sweat.
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Sweat

To emit moisture, as green plants in a heap.
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Sweat

To cause to excrete moisture from the skin; to cause to perspire; as, his physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics.
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Sweat

To emit or suffer to flow from the pores; to exude.
It made her not a drop for sweat.
With exercise she sweat ill humors out.
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Sweat

To unite by heating, after the application of soldier.
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Sweat

To get something advantageous, as money, property, or labor from (any one), by exaction or oppression; as, to sweat a spendthrift; to sweat laborers.
The only use of it [money] which is interdicted is to put it in circulation again after having diminished its weight by "sweating", or otherwise, because the quantity of metal contains is no longer consistent with its impression.
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Sweat

The fluid which is excreted from the skin of an animal; the fluid secreted by the sudoriferous glands; a transparent, colorless, acid liquid with a peculiar odor, containing some fatty acids and mineral matter; perspiration. See Perspiration.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
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Sweat

The act of sweating; or the state of one who sweats; hence, labor; toil; drudgery.
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Sweat

Moisture issuing from any substance; as, the sweat of hay or grain in a mow or stack.
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Sweat

The sweating sickness.
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Sweat

A short run by a race horse in exercise.
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Sweat

Salty fluid secreted by sweat glands;
Sweat poured off his brow
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Sweat

Agitation resulting from active worry;
Don't get in a stew
He's in a sweat about exams
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Sweat

Condensation of moisture on a cold surface;
The cold glasses were streaked with sweat
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Sweat

Use of physical or mental energy; hard work;
He got an A for effort
They managed only with great exertion
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Sweat

Excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin;
Exercise makes one sweat
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Sweat

A state of being sweaty.
He was in a sweat after climbing the stairs.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is the main role of sebum?

To lubricate and protect the skin and hair.
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Can sweat cool the body?

Yes, evaporating sweat cools the body.
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Can sebum be odorless?

Sebum itself is usually odorless; odor arises from bacteria on the skin.
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What causes sweat?

Physical activity, heat, and stress can trigger sweating.
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Is sweating important for detoxification?

Sweating helps to remove some toxins from the body.
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Does sebum contribute to acne?

Overproduction of sebum can lead to acne.
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What are sebaceous glands?

Glands in the skin that produce sebum.
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Is sweat always salty?

Sweat typically contains salts, making it somewhat salty.
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Does everyone sweat the same amount?

No, sweat production varies among individuals.
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What are sweat glands?

Specialized glands in the skin that produce sweat.
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What factors affect sebum production?

Hormones, diet, and skin type can influence sebum production.
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How does humidity affect sweating?

High humidity can reduce the effectiveness of sweating.
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Are there different types of sweat glands?

Yes, eccrine and apocrine glands are the two types.
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Does sweating have health benefits?

Sweating aids in thermoregulation and can have some detoxifying effects.
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Can sebum production be increased or decreased?

Yes, through skincare routines, medications, and changes in diet.
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What is the role of sebum in hair care?

Sebum helps to keep hair moisturized and healthy.
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Can diet affect sebum quality?

Yes, diet can impact the composition of sebum.
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Does age affect sebum production?

Yes, sebum production can change with age.
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Can sweat be a response to stress?

Yes, stress can trigger sweating.
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How can one control excessive sebum?

Using specific skincare products and maintaining a healthy diet can help.
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