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What Are The Differences Between Blackheads VS Sebaceous Filaments?

Blackheads are very easy to find. As an open pimple, these blackheads on the skin’s surface appear black as they change color due to oxidation when exposed to air.

There are various types of black spots that can appear on the skin and are commonly mistaken for acne. Instead, they are called sebaceous glands!

What’s A Sebaceous Filament?

Our skin is covered with hair-you probably have experienced peach fluff on your face. Each hair follicle contains this hair and sebaceous glands, and the sebum (oil) naturally moisturizes the skin.

This is where the sebaceous glands come in: The sebaceous glands, composed of triglycerides, wax esters, and squalene, are located in the lining of the pores, and their main function is to maintain the flow of sebum along this lining towards moisturizing the skin.

For many, the sebaceous glands are not particularly noticeable. These fibers are only visible when the lining of the pores is filled with sebum.

However, in oily skin and others with enlarged pores, sebum-like acne may be more noticeable, but it is light gray or brown instead of black.

How are Sebaceous Filaments and Blackheads Different? 

Sebaceous filaments and blackheads are very similar, but they behave very differently.

Sebaceous filaments ensure that the oil flows seamlessly to the skin without clogging the pores.

On the other hand, excess sebum, mixed with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria, can clog pores and lead to the formation of darkening blackheads.

So Why Do Sebaceous Filaments pop up on my T-zone?

The sebaceous glands are so concentrated around the nose and forehead that they are also more robust in these areas. 

You can extract those little gray spots, just know that it doesn’t eradicate them. They are part of your pore structure and will be replenished naturally within 30 days. 

What you can do: Use regular cleansing and exfoliating regimens to keep your pores clean and free of excess sebum and debris. 

This allows you to continue to absorb oil effectively without clogging your sebaceous glands and forming darkening.

How can I Treat Blackheads and/or Sebaceous Filaments?

The best way is to use a facial scrub or treatment to unclog the pores. Qualis Nutri’s Salicylate Cleanser is great for this reason-it can jump over your skin’s oils and penetrate deep into your pores, removing all dirt, bacteria, and dead cells that clog them.

Salicylic acid effectively breaks down the natural sebum that fills these pores to form sebum threads.

Another easy way to incorporate salicylic acid with other exfoliating acids such as glycolic acid and lactic acid is to use Qualis Nutri’s Resurfacing Acne Wipe.

Pre-soaked round-aka, also known as minimal effort to remove dull skin, shine skin and keep pores clean.

Do your best to resist the urge to pick or pinch sebaceous glands and acne. They can exacerbate or even exacerbate the problem by spreading bacteria and dirt, causing inflammation and permanent scarring. If you cannot remove your fingertips from your face, consult a dermatologist for a hygienic extraction.

Or, if you really want to extract, choose the medicated acne extractor recommended by Qualis Nutri for the safe and gentle treatment of blackheads and sebaceous glands.


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