A common concern I hear from both acne and non-acne clients is that they want to get rid of the blackheads on their nose. I recently wrote a blog post about blackheads and although those dark colored dots on your nose look similar, they are actually sebaceous filaments.
What are sebaceous filaments?
Unlike blackheads which are the result of plugged follicles, sebaceous filaments are just the exposed tip of a pore's natural sebum flow. The size of the pore is determined by how much sebum is flowing so the more oil, the larger the pore appears.
How do I tell the difference between a blackhead and a sebaceous filament?
-Sebaceous filaments tend to have a lighter color than blackheads and usually appear gray or flesh-colored
-Blackheads usually appear as solitary lesions whereas sebaceous filaments tend to have an evenly distributed pattern on the oilier parts of the skin like the nose or chin
-Blackheads usually have a slightly raised border but sebaceous filaments are generally smooth and flush with the skin
How do I get rid of them?
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to get rid of sebaceous filaments and any skincare product that claims to do so is a LIE. Everyone has pores that release sebum onto the surface of the skin and as much as we hate it, it plays a very important function in keeping our skin moisturized and protected.
What NOT to do with sebaceous filaments.
DO NOT attempt to squeeze them out with your fingers or any other dirty tool in your bathroom because you risk infecting it and turning it into a blackhead, whitehead, or even pimple. Also, even if you squeeze it out, it will ALWAYS come back. Have you ever used a biore strip and had those things stay away? Didn't think so. Use the tips above or contact a professional who can design a skincare regimen that will diminish the appearance of blemishes like sebaceous filaments.