If your blackheads have nine lives and are immune to every treatment on the planet, we have news for you. Your blackheads, might not actually be blackheads.
According to skin care expert Caroline Hirons, if you’ve been obsessing over your blackhead speckled nose and wondering why you still have this issue at 30+, you should “stop looking at your nose in a magnifying mirror right now”. Because, as Caroline suggests “you probably just have dark pores”.
These ‘dark pores’ go by the name of ‘sebaceous filaments’, and they typically inhabit the t-zone. But how can you tell which is which?
If you get in close enough to examine the surface of your nose (a flattering sight we know), you may see what looks like a scattering of dark dots. But, inspect a little further.
If they are indeed black, then chances are you are looking at blackheads.
However, if they are a darker yellow, grey or clearer tone, then you’ve got sebaceous filaments.
Infact, everyone has them. They are part of the skins pore structure and they are responsible for channeling the flow of oil along the lining of the pores in which they sit. As your pores begin to fill up with this oil, the filaments become more visible.
The good news; hardly anyone even notices them. And the bad news; you can’t totally eradicate them so don’t drive yourself mad trying.
However you can help keep them under control with regular BHA acids, like salicylic acid, as they are able to dissolve the oil build up within the pore lining.
If you’re still unsure of the difference, a way to test (albeit a gross way) is to see the consistency when extracted.
Sebaceous filaments will resemble a free-flowing, tiny strand of wax-like hair when squeezed out, while blackheads have a plug-like appearance. Apologies for the visual.While it’s not a guaranteed development, sebaceous filaments will become dark if the pore lining becomes exposed to oxygen, aka turning into a blackhead.Skin care class, dismissed.Main image credit: @theparlourclovellyDo you battle with stubborn blackheads? What are your tips for dealing with sebaceous filaments?