Recently, I was scrolling through the Instagram feed of one of my favourite esthetician and she used a hashtag “pimple poppers”. Call it curiousity or a serious lack of self preservation but I clicked on it and I have not been the same. However, my disgust at the surprising mass of goo that is the human body aside, I stumbled on something interesting that I would love to share with you guys and that is the difference between sebaceous filaments and blackheads.
These are as a result of normal skin function. You know those wax-like yellow things that come out of your skin when you press your nose. Some people don’t even have to press and you’ll see the filaments on their skin’s surface. A certified esthetician can extract these filaments. However, I have heard of so many DIY methods of extracting them which includes toothpaste mask, baking soda etc. I have good news and bad news. The good news is that if extracted properly, you can stop seeing them. The bad news is that they will return within a couple of days. So rinse and repeat sweetie. You can diminish the appearance of sebaceous filaments by using chemical exfoliants such as salicylic, lactic acid etc.
These are the cause of many uneven skin tones, dull skin, clogged and enlarged pores. Blackheads are a type of acne that form when oil and bacteria build within your pores and are exposed to oxygen. Oxidation makes the pores look black. For proper blackheads extraction, visit an esthetician, book that facial today because I personally feel like it’s not something that can be done at home. For blackheads, I only have good news. They will not come back as long as you are following a proper skincare routine.
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