Your ultimate pore guide: Understanding Blackheads & Sebaceous Filaments
Today we explore the confusing world of blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Think of them as the Olsen twins of the skincare – similar in appearance, yet distinct in character. Let's break down what they are, how they affect your skin, and the best ways for keeping them under control.
Blackheads are those small, conspicuous dark spots that are actually clogged pores. They form when a combination of sebum and dead skin cells congests your pores. Once these blockages are exposed to air, they undergo oxidation and turn dark. Known as open comedones in the acne world, blackheads can appear anywhere on your face and are quite visible, making them a skincare concern you'll likely want to address.
Understanding Sebaceous Filaments
In contrast, sebaceous filaments are not clogged pores. They differ from blackheads in composition and are not considered acne. These are normal pore linings filled with sebum, which aids in transporting oil to the skin's surface for moisturisation. Appearing as tiny, uniform dots, often cream coloured, they are more prominent in areas where your skin is oilier. Sebaceous filaments become more visible as the sebum fills the pore lining, especially in oilier skin types. While they are a natural part of your skin's function and shouldn't be eliminated, their appearance can be lessened.
how to treat them
So, how do you keep blackheads at bay and sebaceous filaments under control? Here are some top tips:
Double Cleansing: Kick off with an oil-based cleanser to break down sebum and whisk away makeup, then follow up with a water-based cleanser. They work together to ensure your skin is free from oil, dirt, and all other impurities. Our Clarifying Cleanser makes for a great second cleanse, with gentle exfoliants it helps to deep clean pores and smooth skin texture.
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