What is the difference between Blackheads vs. Sebaceous filaments.

Blackheads and Sebaceous filaments may look similar, but they are very different. For one, blackheads are a type of acne and Sebaceous filaments help guide the oil (sebum) to the surface of your skin in an effort to protect and hydrate.


A blackhead is a clogged pore (build up of excess oil and dead skin) that has been oxidized; Meaning the pore is open and exposed to air, turning it black.

Sebaceous Filaments

Sebaceous filaments are most often mistaken as blackheads. Sebaceous filaments form mostly in your “t-zone” (forehead, nose, and chin area). Your t-zone and folds in the skin are typically areas that produce a lot of oil; Depending on the oil production in a specific areas (top of nose, crease from bottom lip to chin etc.) Sebaceous filaments can vary in color, going from light gray to a yellowish white.

For the most part, Sebaceous filaments are not visible to the naked eye, but can be an annoyance if your sebaceous gland is overproducing oil. A build up of excess oil can lead to visibly enlarged pore.

How to rid the skin of Blackheads and minimize Sebaceous filaments...

Here at Begin with Skin MedSpa we understand that touching the skin is hard to avoid when you can visibly see a Blackhead or Sebaceous filament, but we want to reminder you that popping or squeezing can cause trauma to the skin. Call Begin with Skin MedSpa for a free consultation. We carry medical grade skincare products and would love to help guide you to a possible solution to your skincare problem.

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