Sebaceous Filaments

I just had a friend come to me seeking skincare advice. She explained that she was plagued with clogged pores but after “googling” was sure they were not blackheads or whiteheads erupted on her delicate nose. Hmmm…..the dreaded sebaceous filament. Sebaceous filaments are most often found on the nose, which produces excess sebum or oil. When the sebum oxidizes, which means exposed to air, the pore is filled and thus becomes a sebaceous filament. These clogged pores contain a “thread-like” substance if squeezed. I do not recommending squeezing since this can lead to scarring and broken capillaries, unless performed by a professional. It’s best to take a gentle approach in reducing sebaceous filaments. Wash with a gentler cleanser twice a day and follow with a toner containing glycolic acid. The glycolic acid will exfoliate dead skin cells while eliminating excess oil. A few to try are DDF 10% Glycolic Toner or Equate (Wal-mart) Rejuvenating Toner.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mcwick94
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 15:28:39

    I have been plagued by these for two years and cannot find something to stop them from forming. I have rosacea as well so trying to find a balance for both is difficult. Gentle cleansers make the sebaceous filaments worse and harsh ones inflame and irritate me. What are some gentle toners that have aha’s in them that would help these? They are mostly in my chin and I’m forever extracting them daily or they multiply by the thousands…thanks


    • thesugarface
      Jun 20, 2012 @ 16:04:04

      This is a very good questions. Certain aha products, especially glycolic acid, can further aggravate sensitive skin. It’s important to find products that are specifically made for sensitive/rosacea skin types. Look for products that avoid the use of sulfates (they strip natural oils), alcohol bases (very drying), fragrance (irritating) and essential oils (many natural based products use essential oils but they are highly irritating). Cleure (Clean and Pure together) specifically formulate products for sensitive skin including acne (many don’t realize but acne is a form of sensitive skin) & rosacea sufferers. The ph Balancing Toner is free of harsh ingredients. It uses Lactic acid which is a milder form of aha’s (compared to glycolic). It’s naturally derived from milk & will not cause dryness or the irritation associated with glycolic. Also I personally love the benefits of mandelic acid and malic acid. Also aha’s with higher molecular sizes than glycolic & lactic so less irritation. M2 (formerly Mama Lotion) makes great products containing these ingredients. Remember with the use of aha’s it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (post coming soon on that topic). For sensitive skin I recommend using a physical sunscreen. I personally have no issues with the use of Avene Mineral SPF 50. Good luck! I hope you are able to see results.


  2. thesugarface
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 19:55:14

    I have one more recommendation for you. Have you ever heard of oil cleansing? I oil cleanse (yes with oil!). Most people gasp when I tell them I oil cleanse my acne prone skin but many oils are not comedogenic plus they are terrific at dissolving sunscreen, makeup, and dirt. I have also noticed that after oil cleansing my blackheads became cleared up. Finally an oil that works for you is trial and error. Olive oil breaks me out personally. If interested check out Garden of Wisdom’s info on oils plus they also do samples!


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