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Are they really Blackheads....??

The most common issue I hear from clients is about blackheads - also known as Comedomes - and how NOTHING is working to get rid of them.

When completing their skin analysis prior to treatment, 9 times from 10 it turns out that they aren't actually blackheads.....So what are they?

Blackheads are small, dark bumps formed on the skin when an individual pore gets clogged by dead skin, debris and the natural oil the skin produces (sebum). When they are exposed to air they oxidise and turn black. Blackheads can be treated and prevented.

So what do people confuse with blackheads..............Sebaceous Filaments.

Sebaceous Filaments are tiny collections of sebum and dead skin cells around a hair follicle, which usually takes the form of an off white/grey/yellow hair like strand when expressed from the skin. These filaments are naturally occurring and are especially prominent on the nose and chin. They can't be prevent but can be reduced.


So many clients say that the products they use don't work - that's because they aren't using the correct products for the issue they have!

Treatments for Blackheads

The good news is that once the blackhead has been removed - it's gone.They can come back but with a good skin routine they can be prevented.

Using products with Salicylic Acid in will help flush the oil and debris out of the pore to prevent blockages from building up. Keeping the skin hydrated and exfoliated will also help reduce oil and dead skin build up.

I recommend the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Cleanser (£7.99) or The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Serum (£4.20).

Treatments for Sebaceous Filaments

You can express sebaceous filaments but it won't get rid of them, they will just reform. The best option is Niacinamide Serum or Products with Niacinamide in This will help dry up excess oil without stripping the skin (which leads to excess oil production) The filament will shrink and become less noticeable.

I am loving the Bioderma Hydrabio H20 Micellar Water (£10.80) at the moment as it contains Niacinamide and its super quick to use. They also have a good range of other products like creams and facial washes. I am also a fan of The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum (£5.00) which is also amazing as a spot treatment - I just pop a little bit straight onto the spot and by the next day its almost gone!

Any questions feel free to pop them below!!

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