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have a love/hate relationship with my looped extraction tool. About twice a week, I emerge from the bathroom with angry imprints speckling my nose; visual admission that I’ve been wielding the tool too enthusiastically for my skin’s own good. Until recently, I’d believed I was plagued with a permanent 

have a love/hate relationship with my looped extraction tool. About twice a week, I emerge from the bathroom with angry imprints 

imprints speckling my nose; visual admission that I’ve been wielding the tool too enthusiastically for my skin’s own good. Until recently, I’d believed I was plagued with a permanent constellation of blackheads across my nose: clogged, oxidized pores ripe for extraction. In actuality, I’ve been dealing with sebaceous filaments. And, as it turns out, sebaceous filaments are totally normal — even helpful for skin’s moisture levels. Below, I asked two experts about the blackhead-like spots — and whether I should cool it with the at-home extractions.


First — what are sebaceous filaments?


“The skin is covered in fine hairs — think of the dreaded peach fuzz — and each hair follicle contains a sebaceous gland that produces oil,” explains Dr. Amelia K. Dr. Hausauer, Director of Dermatology of Aesthetx™ in Silicon Valley. “Sebaceous filaments are made of sebum, with a combination of squalene, wax esters, and triglycerides that keep your skin lubricated and hydrated.”

constellation of blackheads across my nose: clogged, oxidized pores ripe for extraction. In actuality, I’ve been dealing with sebaceous filaments. And, as it turns out, sebaceous filaments are totally normal — even helpful for skin’s moisture levels. Below, I asked two experts about the blackhead-like spots — and whether I should cool it with the at-home extractions.   

First — what are sebaceous filaments?


“The skin is covered in fine hairs — think of the dreaded peach fuzz — and each hair follicle contains a sebaceous gland that produces oil,” explains Dr. Amelia K. Dr. Hausauer, Director of Dermatology of Aesthetx™ in Silicon Valley. “Sebaceous filaments are made of sebum, with a combination of squalene, wax esters, and triglycerides that keep your skin lubricated and hydrated.”

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