Stop Pinching and Popping Your Blackheads and Sebaceous Filaments: A Dermatologist’s Warning

Jul 17, 2023 | Uncategorized

Stop Pinching and Popping Your Blackheads and Sebaceous Filaments: A Dermatologist’s Warning

Do you love pinching and popping your blackheads and sebaceous filaments? Do you think it’s the best way to get rid of them? If so, you might want to think twice. As a board-certified dermatologist who has treated thousands of acne patients, I have learned that this habit can actually make your skin worse.

Don’t Pop Sebaceous Filaments and Blackheads

When you pinch and pop your blackheads and sebaceous filaments, you’re stretching out the epidermal opening or punctum. This can allow the collection of additional sebum and keratin. When you pinch your skin you can also push the dirty sebum deeper into the skin, where it can rupture and cause big problems, including permanent scarring and more persistent and even permanent, deeper cysts. In other words, a short-term “solution” can actually become a long-term habit that can make the problem worse.

What to Do Instead

So, what’s the best way to get rid of blackheads and sebaceous filaments?  After years of study and experience, I have learned that restraint and patience are the key. Instead of pinching and popping, you should consider using a chemical exfoliator like Adapalene, Tazarotene or Tretinoin. These products take about three months to show their efficacy and really work, but they can give you a long-term solution to the problem.

Chemical exfoliators work by removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores. They also help to prevent new blackheads and sebaceous filaments from forming. They do this by increasing the cell “turn over.” While they may take longer to work, they’re much safer and more effective in the long run.

Say Goodbye to Sebaceous Filaments and Blackheads

In summary, if you want to have healthy, clear skin, it’s important to avoid pinching and popping your blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Instead, use a chemical exfoliator and be patient. Remember, good things come to those who wait.

If you’re struggling with acne or other skin issues, it’s always best to consult with a board-certified dermatologist. I’m located in Pleasant Grove, Utah, so if you need a holistic dermatologist in Utah, contact me today. They can help you develop a personalized skincare routine that will work for your specific needs.  I have learned that taking a holistic approach is always better.

We hope this post has been helpful to you. Remember, I’m here for you to help you feel good in your own skin!  Don’t forget to catch me on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube for more up-to-date relevant skin help.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below or message me.