How To Tell The Difference Between Blackheads And Sebaceous Filaments?

How To Tell The Difference Between Blackheads And Sebaceous Filaments?

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Blackheads

Blackheads are a mild type of acne that are a result of combination of dead skin cells and excess oil clogged inside your pores.

Each hair follicle on the skin contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces sebum or oil. Sebum helps protect the skin by lubricating and hydrating it.

When a pore on the skin gets clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells, it causes a bump on the skin called a comedo. When the skin over the bump remains open, exposure of the air causes it to look black and forms a blackhead.

Blackheads look like tiny dark bumps on the skin. They are most commonly found on the face, but they can appear anywhere on your body where there are oil glands. They can appear on areas such as chest, back, stomach, shoulders, etc.

The picture below is a good representation of what blackheads look like on the nose.

Sebaceous Filaments

Sebaceous filaments are, basically, dead skin cells and sebum collected inside your pores.

Unlike blackheads, sebaceous filaments look sandy or light grey colored and may be easier to spot than blackheads.

Sebaceous filaments do not require extraction or any treatment. They are a natural part of your skin and its best to leave them alone.

Squeezing or picking sebaceous filaments can cause a scar or spread bacteria to other pores, causing a blackhead or acne breakout.

The picture below shows how sebaceous filaments look like on the skin.

Treatment Options

It is best to leave sebaceous filaments alone and to avoid extracting or squeezing the pores containing sebaceous filaments.

Sebaceous filaments can, however, turn into blackheads. Most people can get rid of blackheads at home without visiting an aesthetician.

Here are some of the best ways to get rid of blackheads at home:

Blackhead Removal Vacuum

Blackheads are often stubborn and require manual extraction. Twisted Crate's Blackhead Vacuum can help extract stubborn blackheads at home.

It can help unclog pores and extract blackheads by suctioning out dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt and other impurities trapped inside your pores.

It is safer to use at home than traditional metal extractors that may scar your skin if you're not careful.

Exfoliate Dead Cells

Exfoliating the skin with a product containing AHAs and BHAs, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, respectively, helps dry out dead skin cells and reduce excess oil in your pores.

You can also use an exfoliating device for better results such as Twisted Crate's Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber. Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week for best results.

Clay Mask

Clay masks have been used for decades to improve overall skin appearance. Using a clay mask helps absorb excess oil and draw out toxins away from your pores due to their great absorbing effects.

Use clay masks 1-2 times a week for best results. If you have dry skin, you should limit the amount of clay mask you use on the skin and its frequency.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful natural blackhead treatment. For those looking for a natural remedy for blackheads, tea tree oil may be your best option.

Tea tree oil has been shown by scientific studies to help with clogged pores and blackheads. Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil with 10 drops of carrier oil for best results.

Topical Retinoids

Topical retinoids such as Differin can effectively help unclog pores and remove deeper blackheads.

They can help unclog pores by removing dead skin cells and increasing cellular turnover. You should visit a dermatologist before using any form of retinoids.

Blackheads

Blackheads are a mild type of acne that are a result of combination of dead skin cells and excess oil clogged inside your pores.

Each hair follicle on the skin contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces sebum or oil. Sebum helps protect the skin by lubricating and hydrating it.

When a pore on the skin gets clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells, it causes a bump on the skin called a comedo. When the skin over the bump remains open, exposure of the air causes it to look black and forms a blackhead.

Blackheads look like tiny dark bumps on the skin. They are most commonly found on the face, but they can appear anywhere on your body where there are oil glands. They can appear on areas such as chest, back, stomach, shoulders, etc.

The picture below is a good representation of what blackheads look like on the nose.

Sebaceous Filaments

Sebaceous filaments are, basically, dead skin cells and sebum collected inside your pores.

Unlike blackheads, sebaceous filaments look sandy or light grey colored and may be easier to spot than blackheads.

Sebaceous filaments do not require extraction or any treatment. They are a natural part of your skin and its best to leave them alone.

Squeezing or picking sebaceous filaments can cause a scar or spread bacteria to other pores, causing a blackhead or acne breakout.

The picture below shows how sebaceous filaments look like on the skin.

Treatment Options

It is best to leave sebaceous filaments alone and to avoid extracting or squeezing the pores containing sebaceous filaments.

Sebaceous filaments can, however, turn into blackheads. Most people can get rid of blackheads at home without visiting an aesthetician.

Here are some of the best ways to get rid of blackheads at home:

Blackhead Removal Vacuum

Blackheads are often stubborn and require manual extraction. Twisted Crate's Blackhead Vacuum can help extract stubborn blackheads at home.

It can help unclog pores and extract blackheads by suctioning out dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt and other impurities trapped inside your pores.

It is safer to use at home than traditional metal extractors that may scar your skin if you're not careful.

Exfoliate Dead Cells

Exfoliating the skin with a product containing AHAs and BHAs, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, respectively, helps dry out dead skin cells and reduce excess oil in your pores.

You can also use an exfoliating device for better results such as Twisted Crate's Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber. Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week for best results.

Clay Mask

Clay masks have been used for decades to improve overall skin appearance. Using a clay mask helps absorb excess oil and draw out toxins away from your pores due to their great absorbing effects.

Use clay masks 1-2 times a week for best results. If you have dry skin, you should limit the amount of clay mask you use on the skin and its frequency.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful natural blackhead treatment. For those looking for a natural remedy for blackheads, tea tree oil may be your best option.

Tea tree oil has been shown by scientific studies to help with clogged pores and blackheads. Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil with 10 drops of carrier oil for best results.

Topical Retinoids

Topical retinoids such as Differin can effectively help unclog pores and remove deeper blackheads.

They can help unclog pores by removing dead skin cells and increasing cellular turnover. You should visit a dermatologist before using any form of retinoids.

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