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If your blackheads are very persistent and are occurring continuously then chances are there that they are not just blackheads and may be sebaceous filaments.
Think about sebaceous filaments and blackheads as cousins with similar beginnings (oil/sebum). The way we have to treat them is going to be the same. The safest and most effective way is by using chemical exfoliators like BHA’s (beta hydroxy acids). These acids work well because they exfoliate the skin, helping to remove excess dead skin cells and oil from deep within the pores.
Blackheads can be a satisfying bunch: A little bit of gently applied pressure and out pops your pore’s icky contents. Or, if you’re really looking for maximum impact, one pull of a pore strip, and a legion of teeny-tiny black dots stares back at you. But what if nothing oozes with each squeeze or no black dots are yanked loose by that sticky strip? What then? In those cases, those dark specks on your nose, forehead, cheeks and chin are likely not blackheads at all. Rather, they’re sebaceous filaments.
How Are Sebaceous Filaments Different From Blackheads
Sebaceous filaments are not as common of a term as blackheads but you’re likely confusing the two (with good reason). They are simply known as hardened sebum in pores.
Unlike blackheads, sebaceous filaments are not a form of acne but a normal part of the human body that happens when oil forms around a hair follicle. Oil within the follicles dilates the pores, making them look prominent. The natural oil within the pores are known as sebaceous filaments. So, they aren’t acne, therefore you can’t prevent sebaceous filaments from popping up.
How Do They Occur
Because sebaceous glands are highly concentrated around your nose and forehead, sebaceous filaments are more robust in these areas, too. Though you may be tempted to rid your skin of these tiny grey specks, you can extract them (they look like a tiny, hair-like piece of wax — ew), but this won’t eradicate them; they’ll fill back up within 30 days anyway. They are a part of your pore structure, after all; they’re yours for life!
The good news: Sebaceous filaments tend to lie flat against the skin, so you can’t really feel them (unlike blackheads, which can have a slightly raised border), so the temptation to pick at them shouldn’t be too high. What you can do: Adopt a regular regimen of cleansing and exfoliating to keep pores clean and clear of excess sebum and debris; this way your sebaceous filaments can continue to wick oil effectively — without clogging up and forming a blackhead.
How To Treat Sebaceous Filaments
For treating these clogged pores, there are different techniques available and we present you the most simple to try techniques.
1. Use Of Tweezers
If you plan to remove the sebaceous filaments at home, you can do so by using tweezers. The sebum plugs can be pulled out if it can be done gently. Ensure that the tweezers are well sterilized and you remove only the plugs that are visible, or you might end up with a bleeding nose.
2. Using Aha Chemical Peels, Exfoliants And Glycolic Acid
You can use chemical peels that contain salicylic acid or glycolic acid that can help to get rid of the clogged pores and also help to remove the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
Try and buy a mild chemical peel, as the skin around your nose tends to be sensitive. Strong chemical solutions are used in chemical peels that can help to remove the top layer of the skin and open up the clogged pores.
3. Clay Mask Home Remedies
When you are thinking about home remedies then clay is one of the most common solutions for your problems. In fact, you will be surprised to know that Clay masks such as multani mitti and bentonite are a great solution to treat sebaceous filaments.
They help in absorbing the excess oil from the skin and help to keep the skin pores clean and unclogged. Oil and dirt accumulate in the skin pores and helps to cause sebaceous filaments as well as different kinds of infections. They can also give rise to acne and cause the filaments to become more and more visible to open eyes.
4. Baking Soda Exfoliation
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate helps in exfoliating the skin. That is important as it helps to unclog the pores of the skin by removing the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It also helps in neutralizing the pH balance of the skin. Thus, your skin now tends to produce less oil and thus reducing the formation of invisible filaments. Wash your face with lukewarm water or hot steam with the help of hot water so that the pores of the face open up.
– Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with some water. Then apply it on the affected parts of the skin and nose and wait for it to dry for some time.
– Rinse of the baking soda solution. Repeat this for twice a week and you would see considerable change in your face.
5. Use Well Branded Skin Care Products
Always use well-branded skin care products, makeup and hair care products that contain no chemicals.
More chemicals help in clogging of the pores and can help the sebaceous filaments to become more prominent. They can also lead to the growth of blackheads and whiteheads.
6. Do Not Over Wash Your Skin
You might be thinking that foaming face wash and other soaps may help in cleaning your skin really well. However, too much using of soaps may irritate the skin and cause the skin to become to become more susceptible to sebaceous filaments. You should always use products that are good for your skin.
Blackheads and sebaceous filaments are not as different as they’re made out to be so when it comes to treating them it’s no surprise that the methods are the same. Rather than separating these two into different categories, it makes more sense to think of them as kindred spirits: one as preventable and the other as a normal part of the skin.
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