jan 2024

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 explained 

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: 

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Clarifying Cleanser - Clear Skin Days

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.

Exfoliants: Introduce a gentle exfoliant into your daily routine. For those with normal to oily skin, salicylic acid (BHA) is your go-to, while Betaine Salicylate is a gentler option for drier skin. Check out our Clarifying Serum & Pore Refining Solution. BHAs are great at diving deep into pores to dislodge blackheads and prevent clogging. Pair BHAs with AHAs (like glycolic acid for normal to oily skin, or lactic acid for dry skin) to smooth the skin's surface and keep those pesky dead skin cells from causing trouble.

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BHA PHA Pore Refining Solution - Clear Skin Days
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Clarifying Glycolic Serum - Clear Skin Days

Pore Refining Treatments: Look for products specifically designed to reduce the appearance of pores. Niacinamide is fantastic for regulating oil production, while retinoids can speed up cell turnover, keeping pores clear. Don't forget about Kaolin Clay – it's like a superhero when it comes to absorbing excess oil quickly. Our Retinol Recovery Serum combines Niacinamide and Retinol that helps to increase cell turn over and regulate oil production for clearer, refined skin.  Our Blemish Repair Paste is Kaolin Clay based with other blackhead busting, skin smoothing ingredients that help to ease congestion for clearer calmer skin.

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Clear Skin Days | Retinol Recovery Serum |  30ml tube
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Clear Skin Days | Salicylic Acid Treatment Blemish Repair Paste | 30ml Tube


We hope that you've found this blog helpful - if you have any questions or would like to share your skincare journey with us, we'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch via the form below or by DM on IG. 




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