Sebaceous Filaments on Nose Vs. Blackhead Removal and Extraction

Squeezing pores addiction is real. There are people who can’t seem to keep their hands off their skin. That had been be until I realized that when I squeeze my nose pores, white stuff comes out. Initially I assumed they were comedones. Upon further investigation I realized I was wrong. They were sebaceous filaments on nose. Below we find out what these are, the differences between them and blackheads as well as sebaceous filaments removal on nose using products and tools.

What Are Sebaceous Filaments on nose?

According to an abstract published in the United States National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, sebaceous filaments are cylindrical tubes of whitish-yellowish color, which can be expressed from areas of the face rich in sebaceous follicles by pinching the skin or by the cyanoacrylat-technique. [Source: Archives of Dermatological Research, 1976]

These filaments occur naturally and are not a sign of infection. The sebaceous filaments are composed of layers that enclose sebaceous lipid, bacteria, corneocyte fragments and a hair. They help in facilitating the flow of sebum in the pores to the skin’s surface. They are common in the facial areas and quite notable around the skin on the nose. However, they can also be seen on breasts and on the chest. Persons suffering seborrhea and those with large skin pores experience these quite often as well as those with an oily skin.

Sebaceous Filaments Vs Blackheads – Difference between Blackheads and Sebaceous Filaments 

 Sebaceous filaments can be easily mistaken for blackheads or whiteheads. A lot of people also ask whether sebaceous filaments can cause pimples. Thus, of worth to note is the difference between sebaceous filaments vs. blackheads on nose. While the distinction between the two may be hard to make, it is important to learn how to tell the two apart based on how they form, their appearance, texture and appropriate methods of getting rid of them.
  • While blackheads are a result of clogged pores, sebaceous filaments are healthy hair follicles that occur naturally on the skin.
  • While it is possible to get rid of blackheads by popping them or using medication, sebaceous filaments on nose will always be there and only their visibility can be diminished.
  • Sebaceous filaments feel smooth to touch while blackheads will appear as a raised bump on the skin.
  • In addition, sebaceous filaments are greyish or tan colored exuding white matter when squeezed while blackheads appear black after oxidation has occurred.
  • While blackheads are a certain stage of acne and pimple breakout, sebaceous filaments have nothing to do with acne.
  • Blackheads are bigger while sebaceous filaments are tiny.
  • Blackheads appear as isolated bumps on the nose or other part of the face while sebaceous filaments form an even pattern on oily parts of the face.

Sebaceous Filaments Treatment - Sebaceous Filaments Removal

Like indicated earlier, there is nothing much that can be done about sebaceous filaments on the nose. Bluntly put, it is not possible to get rid of sebaceous filaments on nose forever. However, where they appear to be too large and in case they become a cosmetic concern, they can be managed using various sebaceous filament products, facial cleansers, home remedies as well as professional extraction and popping. These will aid in clearing the filaments, reducing their visibility as well as removal of the contents of sebaceous filaments on nose.

1. Facial Masks

Facial masks work wonders on the skin. There is a variety of these available in stores and they will help to dissolve the sebum plugs as well as draw out unwanted filaments.

a) Try a Clay Mask

These are absorbent making them a great option for minimizing sebaceous filaments as they will clear clogged pores. It will draw out any dirt, debris, and sebum from the paws leaving your skin tight and smooth.
  • Mix a part of clay with a part of water or vinegar to form a thick consistent paste.
  • Apply this coating on your face and allow to rest for u to 20 minutes. In case your skin is sensitive you can opt for as little as five minutes.
  • Using a damp washcloth, gently wipe off the clay and rinse your face with some warm water.

b. Charcoal Mask

This possesses a unique binding ability that allows for dirt and debris to be attached to it thus helping in extracting sebaceous filaments leaving your skin soft and clean.
  • Get a clean wash cloth, dip it in hot water and wring it out.
  • Hold this on the face paying attention to the nose to aid in opening of the pores.
  • Get your clay mask and spread a thin layer on the skin. Leave it on until it dries.
  • Peel it off and rinse the face.
In the absence of these, you can make your own facial mask at home using turmeric and honey.

2. Accutane for Sebaceous Filaments

Does Accutane help sebaceous filaments and can it help reduce their appearance?
Accutane is mostly known for its effectiveness in getting rid of acne. It can, however, be used for the purpose of hiding sebaceous filaments. It works by shrinking the oil glands ad thus making the filaments less visible.

3. Sebaceous Filaments Extraction 

It is possible to have sebaceous filaments on nose extraction done professionally and at home as well.

a) Sebaceous Filaments Tweezers                

One of the method of sebaceous filaments nose removal is using tweezers to extract the gunk.
As noted in Allure, Sandra Lee, a Los Angeles based dermatologist who also goes by the online profile of Dr. Pimple Popper, uses specially designed tweezers to squeeze out gunk lying beneath the pores. 

As seen in the short video from the above below, the use of tweezers for sebaceous filament extraction may require some experience. If you can’t handle it, let your dermatologist do it.

b)Using a Loop

This is done using an extraction tool referred to as a round loop. A loop is mostly used in cases of large filaments. It helps in extracting them and thus unclogging the pores.

The dermatologist applies some pressure at the opening of the pores with a sterilized loop to remove the dirt and sebum buildup.

c) Squeezing Sebaceous Filaments on Nose

Another way for sebaceous filaments extraction is using your fingers. For this to work best, it is recommended to steam the face first. This will open the pores on your nose and make squeezing the filaments easy. Ensure you do this with clean hands to avoid infections. Squeeze the filaments gently as if rolling up the skin from beneath and wipe off any that comes off.

Squeezing though is not encouraged as it could lead to the habit of you picking on the plugs. Some people also swear that the filaments become less noticeable once you stop squeezing and just let them be. 

According to, getting into the habit of squeezing sebaceous filaments on nose develops into a vicious cycle and ends up damaging the pores. This ends up enlarging them and increasing the chances of them getting clogged.

4. Chemical Peel

When the lining of your pores fill up, sebaceous filaments become visible. To minimize their appearance and likelihood of them forming, you can make use of a facial chemical peel. Available both for use at home and for professional use, chemical peels help in thoroughly exfoliating the skin. This will unplug the skin and diminish visibility of the plugs. Use as may be directed by the manufacturer or let your dermatologist do it for you.

5. Baking Soda Exfoliation

You can improve the appearance of the sebaceous filaments on nose using baking soda. It acts as an exfoliant and reduces the amount of oil on the skin. This way the pores get unclogged and the appearance of sebaceous filaments is diminished.
  • Mix baking soda with an equal amount of water to make a thick paste.
  • Cleanse your face using lukewarm water and apply the paste on your face.
  • Leave it on for about three minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
  • Repeat twice every week.
In case you notice a drying effect on the skin, you can opt to make the paste using oil in place of water.

6. Hydrate

Proper hydration is likely to keep your skin pores less constricted and thus allow for natural expulsion of bacteria and sebum. Ensure that you take in enough water to have a healthy skin.

7. Sugar Scrub

The sugar particles are enough to give your skin a proper exfoliation so as to get rid of sebaceous filaments.  This is a perfect alternative for persons with sensitive skin. To reap its benefits:
  • Combine two tablespoons of sugar with some honey. If your skin is not sensitive, you may add a few drops of honey.
  • Apply the resulting paste on your face using circular motions while giving attention to the nose area.
  • Leave the paste on for five minutes before washing it off.

8. Salicylic Acid

This has exfoliating abilities. It will help get rid of dead skin cells as well as eliminate buildup of sebum. There are numerous products in the market containing salicylic acid. Grab one and use it on your nose and entire face to reap the benefits. Note that this remedy has a drying effect on the skin and should therefore be accompanied by thorough moisturizing procedure.

9. Lemon Juice

Known to possess astringent properties, lemon juice is known to do wonders on the skin. Its acidic nature can help strip the skin off excessive oil which unclogs the pores and thus helps minimize the appearance of sebaceous filaments on the nose.
  • Cut a lemon into halves and squeeze out the juice into a bowl.
  • Using a cotton swab, apply this on the face and let it stay for five minutes. You may want to dilute the juice if you have a sensitive skin.
  • Use after every other day.

10. Sebaceous Filaments Mineral Oil

Mineral oil for sebaceous filaments reduction may sound quite off but is an effective remedy. By applying mineral oil on the skin, it remains well moisturized. This stops the sebaceous glands from overproducing oil. As a result, chance of clogging and having visible sebaceous filaments are reduced.

Can You Remove or Pop Sebaceous Filaments on Nose?

While squeezing sebaceous filaments is possible, this cannot be said to be popping them. This is because they are unlike blackheads or pimples that can be popped. It is, however, possible to remove or extract the sebaceous filaments on nose, chin breast and other areas.

Infected Sebaceous Filaments on Nose

In most cases, sebaceous filaments rarely lead to any infection unless tampered with. However, red sebaceous plugs may be an indication of infected sebaceous filaments. 
  • Extraction using unsterilized tools could see the skin become inflamed and infected with time. It is also possible for infection to occur if someone gets into the habit of picking and squeezing the plugs.
  • Overuse of pore strips is also capable of causing breakage of capillaries and exposing the skin to infections. These may eventually lead to scarring on the face. To treat this and avoid further damage, see your dermatologist any time you notice redness and inflammation around the sebaceous filaments.

When to See a Doctor

When the sebaceous filaments treatment products and home remedies discussed above do not help or where the plugs are too large, keep recurring and are of cosmetic concern, you can talk to your dermatologist. Stubborn sebaceous filaments on nose can be treated using laser surgery. This involves the use of tiny beams of light concentrated on the pores to decrease sebum production. Since the light aims below the epidermis, the surface of the skin does not suffer any damage.

Sources of Reference

Plewig, G; Wolff, H. H. (1976). "Sebaceous filaments (author's transl)". Archiv für Dermatologische Forschung. 255 (1): 9–21.
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