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Black Heads or Sebaceous Filaments

Updated: Apr 5

Similar in appearance to Blackheads, sebaceous filaments line the inside of your pores and help to move sebum from the sebaceous glands to the surface of your skin.

If you have typically oily skin, this means that there is an overproduction of sebum, a natural oily substance that is intended to lubricate the skin. Whenever this overproduction of sebum occurs, the sebaceous filaments can fill up and resemble very enlarged pores.

Sebaceous filaments are not a type of acne, they are normal structures within the skin. However, the overproduction of sebum that causes sebaceous filaments to fill up and become noticeable can also cause whiteheads or blackheads over time.

How to spot the difference between Sebaceous Filaments and Blackheads -

A visible Sebaceous Filament can look like a dark dot on the skin. The dot may resemble the head of a pin, and it can be yellow, gray, or clear.

A blackhead is a very dark plug at the top of a pore. The dark colour develops when the plug is oxidized through contact with the air.

Daily tips you can do at home -

- Cleanse your face with gentle Cleanser when you wake up, before bed and after exercise

- Use a weekly clay mask to help draw bacteria, dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and other impurities out.

- Keep your skin hydrated by using a daily moisturiser

- Use Salicylic acid Cleanser every evening or a few times a week if you're skin is very Oily

Controlling the amount of oil on your skin and regular exfoliation can help keep your pores clear and may minimize the appearance of sebaceous filaments. No skin care product can completely get rid of noticeable sebaceous filaments because they are a necessary part of the skin’s structure.

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