Find Out Whether Blackheads Could Be Sebaceous Filaments

It's really tempting to burst, pluck, and squeeze blackheads. They usually appear on the nose and are made up of sebum and dead skin cells inside the pores. Because they darken with time when exposed to air, they differ in color from cystic patches or whiteheads. Even if poking and prodding them until they disappear is pleasurable, how can we tell if they are sebaceous filaments or blackheads?

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Though it is easy to confuse sebaceous filaments with blackheads due to their similar appearances, there is a clear distinction between the two. Fine, microscopic hairs cover our faces, and each hair follicle that generates these hairs contains a sebaceous gland that secretes oil. This gland may overproduce sebum, which can plug it and give it a blackhead-like appearance. Furthermore, a sebaceous filament is only an excess of sebum coming from a hair follicle, but a blackhead is a buildup of dead skin cells, pollutants, and sebum inside a pore. It's easy to confuse it for a blackhead since, in essence, the oil inside the hair follicle only makes the pore look wider. Squeezing is not necessary, though. Since it might cause microorganisms to penetrate the skin more deeply, specialists really highly warn against popping or squeezing it.

Keep in mind that sebaceous filaments are a perfectly normal and inherent component of the structure of our skin. But, if they're a concern, we can minimize them with certain adjustments to the oil control. Salicylic acid, at an effective dosage of 2%, is our first choice. The beta hydroxy acid, or BHA, has the ingenious ability to enter pores and control oil production at a deeper level while simultaneously working to break down the combination of dead skin cells and oil on the skin's surface.

In what way may blackheads be eliminated?

  • Salicylic acid and other BHAs have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. It aids in pore cleaning and skin exfoliation. 
  • Using mildly exfoliating cleansers that contain AHAs, such as glycolic and lactic acids, can also be helpful in removing extra sebum.
  • Dermatologists especially advise retinol while treating blackheads. Retinols, also known as vitamin A derivatives, are essential for preventing blockage and stimulating cell turnover, which is another way that they fight blackheads.

We should all avoid extracting blackheads on our own, no matter what. To prevent additional breakouts or skin damage, pore extractions should always be carried out by a qualified expert with appropriate pre- and post-extraction preparation.


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