Blackheads & sebaceous filaments or the ‘little black dots’ that pepper the tip of the nose and radiate across the T-zone are often seen as unfavourable facial adornments, and, fair enough of course. These suckers get a bad rap and carry a certain stigma with them, namely that the skin is unclean and untreated. These little black dots, or sebaceous filaments as they referred to in skincare literature, are really just a build of dirt, dead skin cells and debris that have accumulated in the pores making them appear larger. The lovely colour that serves to highlight these further comes from an oxidisation of the amalgam of oil, dirt and debris.
While this build up can lead to inflamed skin, breakouts and other skin conditions, in and of itself its not a major problem…so long as its dealt with before casual onlookers start to notice.
The skin is a powerhouse of self-sufficiency, producing oils that carry with them a combination of compounds like squalene, fatty acids and glycerol that serve to keep the skin healthy, moisturised, protected and balanced. It’s only when we allow the oil to build-up in excess when issues arise.
Building out your skincare routine to work in tandem with your skins natural function is key to keeping this build up in check, particularly if you’re oil prone. With the inclusion of the below skincare active ingredients, you can be sure you’re dealing with the build-up before it becomes a problem.