Blackheads Vs. Sebaceous Filaments: Unmasking The Culprits

Know what your skin really needs by knowing the difference. 

It may not be blackheads that are taking over your complexion and wreaking havoc on your self-esteem. Blackheads, those pesky clogged pores, have become an all-too-familiar nightmare for many. Leaving behind dark, unsightly bumps that seem impossible to eliminate. Worse, it might be teaming up with sebaceous filaments to invade your skin. 


What are blackheads? What are sebaceous filaments? What's the difference between these two?

We know it can be confusing, but let us shed some light on the matter and debunk myths. These sneaky skin concerns that dot along, especially around the nose, might not be what you think it is. 

Blackheads and sebaceous filaments are the common yet often misunderstood skin concerns that plague countless individuals. If you've ever found yourself scrutinizing your reflection, wondering how to combat these relentless foes, you're not alone. Understanding the difference between blackheads and sebaceous filaments is the first step toward achieving your desired clear, radiant complexion. 

So… what are blackheads?

Contrary to popular belief, blackheads are not caused by dirt trapped in the pores. Scrubbing your face vigorously or using harsh cleansers can actually do more harm than good, stripping away the skin's natural oils and leading to further inflammation.  

Blackheads are small, dark spots that appear on the skin's surface, primarily in areas with abundant sebaceous glands like the nose, chin, and forehead. Unlike closed comedones (whiteheads), blackheads have open pores, enabling trapped sebum and dead skin cells to oxidize upon exposure to air, giving them their distinct dark color.

In the realm of skincare, a common confusion often leads to misidentification: blackheads being mistaken as sebaceous filaments. 

Sebaceous filaments?

Sebaceous filaments are a natural and normal part of the skin's anatomy. They resemble tiny, pale, grayish dots often found in the same areas as blackheads. Sebaceous filaments are composed of sebum and dead skin cells residing within the hair follicles. They serve a crucial role in transporting sebum to the skin's surface, contributing to its natural moisturization and protection.

The Difference Between Sebaceous Filaments & Blackheads

Imagine your skin is like a house, and sebaceous filaments are like little pipes or tunnels inside the house. These pipes are there to carry something important called sebum, which is like the skin's natural oil. Just like water pipes bring water to different parts of a house, sebaceous filaments help bring sebum to the surface of our skin.

So sebaceous filaments are not the same as blackheads. Blackheads are like clogs in the pipes, where the sebum and dead skin cells get stuck and turn black when they come in contact with air. But sebaceous filaments are normal and natural. They are not clogs or problems in the pipes; they are just part of how our skin works.

Blackheads are not a universal concern, while sebaceous filaments are present in every individual's skin.

Are sebaceous filaments something I have to accept?

Our carefully crafted oil-balancing skincare routine is designed to tackle blackheads head-on and transform your complexion. This routine will make them both less visible. 

To keep blackheads at bay, you must practice good skincare habits and opt for products containing oil-dissolving ingredients. A consistent and balanced skincare routine is the key to preventing blackheads and lightening these sebaceous filaments.

All GoodieCo skincare routines are designed with your skin's health in mind, providing effective solutions for preventing blackheads and promoting a healthy complexion. Blackheads can show on any skin type and are not limited to oily skin alone. 

Take a look at our recommendations for oily, sensitive and dry, and mature skin types

Natural oil cleansers are beneficial for preventing blackheads due to their unique properties and benefits for the skin. 

Unlike harsh and drying cleansers, natural oil cleansers work in harmony with your skin's natural oil or sebum production. When you massage a natural oil cleanser onto your skin, it helps to dissolve and lift away excess sebum, dirt, and impurities that can clog your pores and contribute to blackhead formation. The oils in these cleansers have a deep-cleansing effect, effectively removing buildup without stripping away your skin's natural oils.

3 Step For A Blackhead Free Skin & Lightened Sebaceous Filaments 

Step 1: Cleansing the skin with Oil-Cleanser 

A unique, and novel method of cleansing the skin that uses oils to cleanse the skin. Like dissolves like – meaning a cleansing oil can be used to gently break down & dissolve excess oil on the skin (especially dried, stale sebum in the pores.

Step 2: Conditioning the Skin with A Treatment Oil

We follow up with a lightweight, oil-based serum (emollient) that feeds the skin with essential fatty acids to maintain it’s healthy integrity. 

Step 3: Hydrating Gel Serum

A gel-based serum that hydrates and binds moisture into the skin (humectant).

When it comes to skincare, whether it's battling blackheads or cleaning up your pores, nature holds remarkable power. Our brand understands this and embraces the beauty and effectiveness of natural ingredients. Reveal your radiant skin, say goodbye to stubborn blackheads, and hello to a smoother, healthier complexion with our routines.