They look like baby blackheads but they they aren’t, and no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of them. You wish you could wear a sign that says “no blackheads here, don’t stare!”, right? If they aren’t blackheads, then what are they?
Sebaceous filaments are hairlike “threads” that help direct the flow of natural oil produced in your sebum or oil gland to the surface skin. They are light grey to tan, distributed around an oily area such as your nose and chin, and are smooth to touch. When pressure is applied, nothing will be expressed, as the pore is open with nothing plugging the opening.
Blackheads are found in the same areas, dispersed among the naturally occurring sebaceous filaments. The difference can be seen as a larger plugged pore, filled with dead skin cells that have turned darker in color due to air exposure. You will feel a slight bump in the skin versus the smooth surface of a sebaceous filament. When expressed, there is a round plug of sebum that results from the pore.
Because of the greyish coloring of the filament, there can be confusion that one has blackheads and the subsequent disdain with how visible they are.
How to treat them? Currently, there are no known remedies other than keeping the area clean, exfoliated and sun protected.
I am wondering if a good combination glycolic, lactic, salicylic acid peel with encapsulated salicylic acid for timed release would help to keep the pores open and free flowing. This would reduce the number of blackheads that would have greater visibility. Perhaps a gentle cream bleach for the face would lighten the threads on the surface.
Whatever you choose to do, don’t keep squeezing them!