We’re all guilty of staring a little too closely at our pores in a magnified mirror. When looking at your skin, have you ever noticed small black or grey material in your pores? These look a lot like clogged pores, but they may actually be sebaceous filaments.
Sebaceous filaments are often confused with blackheads, but they’re really just a normal part of your skin. They form when oil is produced around a hair follicle. So, how can you tell the difference?
Blackheads are open skin pores (or hair follicles) clogged with a mixture of dead skin cells and sebum (a naturally occurring body oil) that have been oxidized. These small, dark spots are a noninflammatory form of acne and are commonly found on the face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, and back. You can get rid of blackheads by using a variety of over-the-counter products. Blackhead solutions typically contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and resorcinol; ingredients that work to kill bacteria, remove excess oil, and help the skin to shed dead skin cells. Blackheads may also be removed manually by a dermatologist or specially trained skincare professional.
Sebaceous filaments are a natural part of your skin’s follicles where oily sebum builds up. For many, sebaceous filaments may not be visible at all. However, those with oily skin or larger pores might consider them just as noticeable—and annoying—as blackheads.
For better or worse, sebaceous filaments are a natural part of your skin and help keep it healthy and moisturized. This material carries sebum through the hair follicle to the surface of the skin and is often found in areas that produce the most oil, like the T-Zone.
In some cases, a pore with sebaceous filaments can be a perfect trap for excess dirt and oil and lead to blackheads. If you notice that your sebaceous filaments have turned into blackheads, pore strips are a highly effective way to clean clogged pores.
While sebaceous filaments can be professionally extracted, removing them is only temporary—they always come back. To reduce the appearance of sebaceous filaments, focus on skincare products that help minimize pores and control the skin’s oil.
Stop sebaceous filaments from taking over your face with these helpful skincare tips:
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