Blackheads are always frustrating to eliminate from your skin. Some people squeeze them. Others use pore strips. Though the methods are different, people feel the same way about them—they’re frustrated.
The hideous black growths on your nose may come out after the extraction process, but over time, they all fill up again. It feels like you’re trapped in a vicious cycle.
Most people live with the blackhead corrugations on their noses, often embarrassed at the thought of anyone looking at the side of their faces. Among these people was me, years ago.
The Game Changer
After paying more attention to what these blackheads are, I have found out some interesting news about them. It may be either good or bad news, depending on how you perceive it.
Much research and discernment have led me to conclude that they are not blackheads at all. They are “sebaceous filaments”. These formations are natural and normal. They are even healthy because they are actually part of your body.
what are sebaceous filaments
Did you see tiny gray/tan dots all over your nose? Those are sebaceous filaments that can make pores appear enlarged. They emit a long string of white or yellow gunk like tiny snakes when you squeeze them, but they are not clogged pores.
They’re actually part of our skin’s natural occurrence and though it’s possible to extract/squeeze these gunks, the effort is futile as they always come back.
Difference Between Sebaceous Filaments vs Blackheads
How do you spot the difference?
- Sebaceous filaments are flat and come out easily if you pinch the skin.
- They help reach the oil of your skin to reach the surface, so that your skin can be moisturized naturally. They are often mistaken for blackheads because they sometimes appear grayish.
- Sebaceous filaments are often found on a tight oily areas like your nose and around it. They also appear in your chin’s crease.
- They are smooth, evenly-spaced gray or tan dots. They are found much deeper in the skin.However, they turn to blackheads overtime due to infections, hence the pores might turn black dots if they remain clogged for a prolonged period of time.
- On the other hand, blackheads are blocked pores which are especially common on the nose where we tend to be oiler. They tend to be raised, a litter bigger and needs more effort to get removed.
- They are called blackheads because when the top part of a blackhead reaches the surface of the skin, it becomes exposed to oxygen. tend to be raised, a little bigger, and their removal requires a bit more effort
- It then oxidizes and turns black. Blackheads are bumpier, larger, and darker than sebaceous filaments.
What causes sebaceous filaments?
Should You Get rid of Sebaceous Filaments?
The answer is no.
Experts discourage anyone to take them out by any means. It is more difficult to take sebaceous filaments out. Just like when you get your blackheads removed, having sebaceous filaments taken out usually leads to scarring and irritation. This may even lead to the eruption of a spot if ever your weak pore becomes infected.
How do you get rid of sebaceous filaments naturally?
The next best thing to do is to make sebaceous filaments less obvious. This is not achieved by using pore strips but they can be softened, dissolved and lifted up and out of the oil gland ducts with proper cleansing and care.
Instead, here are some skin care practices you can start:
- A moisturizing balancing cream helps regulate the pH of the skin to prevent the oil glands from producing too much sebum.
- Light scrubbing of the skin removes dead skin cells. Doing this weekly unclogs the pores, minimizing the dark appearance of the sebaceous filaments.
Stop Stressing About Sebaceous Filaments
Now that you know the difference between blackheads and sebaceous filaments, please do your best to resist popping them or excavating them in any way. The brighter side of the situation is that you don’t need to use pore strips or have them removed during a facial treatment anymore.
While it’s true that you are stuck with sebaceous filaments, you shouldn’t feel bad at all. They don’t alter your appearance in a bad way and, everyone has them. People don’t even notice others having sebaceous filaments. So, you don’t need to worry anymore.
Embrace your sebaceous filaments. They help your skin look youthful and supple. Think of sebaceous filaments as efficient helpers in maintaining your healthy skin.