Those aren't blackheads on your nose...
You've tried every gimmick on the market to clear the blackheads on your nose. Nothing seems to help! They just keep coming back. Why? What if I told you those weren't blackheads on your nose? Chances are what you are seeing filling every pore on your nose and perhaps chin and other oilier areas on your face are not blackheads at all. These pesky dark spots have a name and it's not a blackhead or even a type of acne at all. Feeling a little relieved? These little dots that we've grown to hate are called sebaceous filaments.
So what are sebaceous filaments? To break it down, what you are seeing is oil inside the pore. When the oil hits the air it oxidizes and becomes that pretty little shade of black or dark brown.
So we've already discussed the good news, you aren't covered in blackheads or considered to be acne prone just because you experience these sebaceous filaments. Ready for the bad news? The thing you probably dread to hear is that these pretty little spots are there to stay. So we have to get used to them. No matter how many blackhead busting products or biore strips you use, or how long you spend squeezing, they will continue to come back. Why?
Essentially our pores are holes in our skin. Thanks to genetics, some people's pores are larger than others. Usually with larger pores comes the oilier skin types as well. The combination of these large pores and oily skin means that you will probably be blessed with many sebaceous filaments just like myself. Thankfully there are a few things that we can do to help minimize their appearance.
A regular exfoliation routine is key for any healthy skin. When skin is regularly and gently exfoliated (1-2 times a week) our pores appear smaller because they do not become clogged with leftover dead skin cells that can stretch out our pores. Also it is important to make sure any skincare and makeup products you are using do not contain any pore clogging ingredients. For an overwhelming list of pore cloggers click here. Pore clogging ingredients can add to the problem making these sebaceous filaments appear larger. Something I have come to love as well is the makeup line I use and retail, PRIIA Minerale Derm. It is 100% guaranteed not to clog your pores, and when applied with the PRIIA foundation brush it gives such a flawlessly airbrushed looking finish. PRIIA also makes an oil control powder that not only helps oiliness be held at bay but also decreases the appearance of pore size. I don't go a day without my PRIIA! If you would like to see how this beautiful makeup can help you look your best schedule an appointment at Flourish for a complementary application of this foundation and oil control powder, just mention this article.