If you see small, dark spots on your nose, cheeks, or chin, you probably have blackheads. But if you’ve scoured the entire internet for information about blackheads, you may have stumbled upon sebaceous threads as well. You may be wondering: what exactly are sebaceous threads? Especially if you have tried products to combat blackheads, but this did not give the desired result.
Blackheads and sebaceous threads are easily confused because they both appear on the same areas of your face. They may look similar, but they are actually very different. Read more to find out what exactly sebaceous threads are, how to distinguish them from blackheads and how to get rid of them.
What are sebaceous threads?
Sebaceous threads occur naturally in the skin and they resemble hairs. They have a special job: to regulate the flow of sebum in your pores. These threads are a natural part of the hair follicles in the (pore) structure, everyone has them. However, if you have oily skin with large pores that get clogged easily, you will be more likely to notice sebum threads. A sebum thread becomes visible when the inside of the pore fills with sebum (oil).
A sebum thread can potentially become a blackhead – the determining factor here is whether the sebum in the pore wall comes into contact with oxygen (because oxygen is added, the sebum darkens and turns into a blackhead).