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20th January 2020

Know Thy Enemies: What Are Blackheads and Sebaceous Filaments?

The skin is the body’s largest organ and it experiences a lot of damage. With the amount of dirt, oils, and other pollutants assaulting the skin every day, it's no wonder it's hard work to keep skin clear.

Often, some of our beauty routine habits are causing more damage than good. In this article, we'll go back to the basics and answer basic questions like "what are blackheads?"

We'll also explain the difference between sebaceous filaments vs. blackheads and what you should do about both.

What Are Blackheads?

You've seen them on your nose or jaw. But have you ever asked yourself, 'what are blackheads?'

Blackheads are an annoying form of acne that comes out due to sweat, dead skin cells, your diet and medication as well as sebum (or oil).

When air enters your open pores, the sebum oxidizes turning the tip black - hence the name blackhead. Blackheads can pop up in many places but are most commonly found on your nose.

Whi is that? Your nose has the largest concentration of oil glands of the entire body. Where the more oil glands are, the more likely it is for blackheads to appear.

Sebaceous Filaments vs Blackheads

But those spots on your nose might not actually be blackheads. Especially if you've tried and tried to get rid of them and just can't.

Sebaceous filaments carry oil through the hair follicle to the surface of the skin. These keep your skin moist and flexible (a good thing).

Every hair follicle on your skin has sebaceous filaments. When oil collects here, especially in large pores, sebaceous filaments do look like blackheads. Though sebaceous filament looks more grey or beige and sit flat on the skin.

So, blackheads and sebaceous filaments are kind of like cousins. They both start off with oil.  Yet, blackheads sit on the surface of your skin and have a dark tip while sebaceous filaments lie deeper inside the skin.

We know what you're thinking: I don't care what it's called. I just want clear, smooth skin.

Good news: the way to treat both blackheads and sebaceous filaments are the same.

Dealing with Clogged Pores on Nose

Clogged pores on your nose (or anywhere else for that matter) are best tackled by focusing on reducing oil buildup and minimizing the size of pores. Skin peels are a great way to improve skin tone and reduce pore size.

To minimize pores, you should get into the habit of exfoliating regularly (once a week is a good idea). Exfoliating creams with BHAs help remove dead cells and oil from inside pores.

Also, clay masks can work to absorb excess oil on your skin. Make sure you also have a hydrating balancing cream in your daily cleansing routine. This will help regulate the skin’s pH so that your face stops producing too much oil.

Don't give in to the temptation to pick, pop or squeeze blackheads or sebaceous filaments. You can cause scarring on your skin and introduce dirt and cause infections.

Final Word

Thanks for reading. Now when someone asks you 'what are blackheads' you will be able to explain what they are and how best to treat them.

Dr Aesthetica is a full-range cosmetic beauty clinic. We offer various services to help you look and feel your best. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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