You’re never getting rid of your blackheads – and here’s why you shouldn’t!

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You know that eternal combat against blackheads? The never-ending search for a product, that would minimize your pores and make your skin clear and smooth? I have some bad and some good news for you.

They aren’t blackheads! And therefore – you can’t just squeeze them out. In some cases, anyway.

If they aren’t blackheads, most likely they are sebaceous filaments. A natural part of you that belongs to your skin. They are a tiny collection of sebum and dead skin cells around a hair follicle. Some people have perfect skin and they aren’t visible but with some skin types, like oily skin, they are visible and can be mistaken for blackheads.

I have sebaceous filaments. A lot of them. I have some blackheads too – but it’s important to spot the difference.

Blackheads versus sebaceus filaments – what’s the difference?

A blackhead is just that – a clogged pore with a black head. It’s quite easy to spot (because it’s black). It’s consistency is quite solid and when you squeeze it out it comes out in a one piece, most likely.

Sebaceous filaments look almost the same but they have grey, brown or yellowish head. And as I said – they are a natural part of your skin. They are smaller, but they can be bigger too if the pore is enlarged. When you squeeze them out, you can see sebum coming out, but it’s not necessarily as solid as a blackhead. And it doesn’t necessarily come out in one piece. And here’s what’s important: no matter how many times you extract them, they always come back. That’s how you know. Isn’t that kind of a relief?


Sebaceus filaments

Sebaceus filaments

Sebaceus Filaments

 Here is my skin in it’s all glory in HD: Sebaceous filaments, enlarged pores, blackheads, closed comedones and an oily but dry skin. All that brown spotting is sebaceous filaments AKA my pores.

Sebaceous filaments are a natural part of your skin

Okay – so you may have a skin where there are brown spots all over your face and you can’t get rid of them. And you just have to live with it. This is most likely the case – so you should prepare for that and embrace your looks anyway..

(And I am with you on this one ’cause I don’t have the perfect skin and will never have that. It’s okay too, pal. We don’t need to be perfect!)

.. but there are some products that you can use to help live with them and to not make them worse, because they can turn into blackheads (Sons of bitches, I know!). And needless to say the most important thing would be to eat healthy and drink lots of water, because that has a huge impact on your skin condition.

Since sebeceous filaments are your pores just developing sebum and hair they are likely to come up. To surface. At least that’s how my skin works – and it can even feel bumpy if I haven’t exfoliated it in a while. So the best product to keep your skin smooth – is to exfoliate.

The best recommended products for treating SF or enlarged pores are BHA and AHA products. They are basically acids and they help to exfoliate your skin without the physical irritation and to keep your pores cleaner. AHAs are water soluble and a bit more gentle to the skin and BHAs oil soluble and especially recommended for oilier skin. There is a lot of info on both of these on the internet but I found this article on this one amazing blog that I suggest you read.

There are AHA/BHA products for daily use and then there’s exfoliants and masks, that you only use once per week. I’ve mostly used products from the last group because it’s the easiest way to bring these acids into your skincare routine without drying out your skin. Usually all the brightening masks or products that promise glow include acids. If you haven’t tried a brightening mask you haven’t lived! They actually work – and the secret is in the gentle exfoliation (=brightening) they give.  I want to note that when you’re using BHA/AHA products your skin gets more sensitive to the sun and a sunscreen is a must have. Every day.

You can also exfoliate your skin with scrubs that work by just physically scrubbing your skin – but always be careful not too use too much force.

Here are some of the products I’ve been using to treat my skin and that I recommend for treating sebaceous filaments.

Great AHA/BHA products for sebaceous filaments

the body shop drops of youth concentrate


*The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate
I call this the serum, that actually makes a difference. This is a BHA that I can use daily. I have a full post about this here. But to tell you shortly about this product: it improves my skin texture in a way that I can clearly see and feel. Whenever someone asks for advice regarding skin texture problems, acne scarring or acne – I always recommend this product.

evolve beauty miracle mask


*Evolve beauty Miracle Mask
Super effective gel-like mask that contains fruit acids. It feels like mango chutney on my face and leaves it baby smooth. This is like a professional treatment, in a jar, that you can do at home. In five minutes.

Full post about this and another great Evolve Beauty mask here.

Madara Ultra-Purifying Detox Mud Mask
This is a highly effective mud mask that contains lactic acid. Mud masks are a great way of taking care of the SF. Mud absorbs sebum from the skin leaving it fresh and clean. This is by far the most effective mud mask I’ve tried.

Full post about this and other great Madara masks here.


I hope this post helped some of you. Let me know what are your favorite AHA/BHA products – would love to try something new!

New in: Green beauty goodies

Products received as pr-samples from for a review

I got this lovely package from Jolie containing green beauty goodies. Jolie is a finnish natural beauty concept with webshop and they sell amazing organic brands from different price ranges focusing still more in luxury brands. This time I will be reviewing products from Patyka, Iroisie, Little Butterfly London and absolution.

I also have a discount code for all my finnish readers which you can check on the bottom!

PATYKA – Marine Crystals Revitalising Body Scrub & Almond Blossom Moisturising Body Milk

I’ve actually tried Patyka before. One of my favorite product ever is their precious woods body oil so I was happy to get to try more body products from the brand.

The body scrub is really quite a regular body scrub and I don’t mean that in a bad way.  It has big grains so it’s easy and quick to use on the body. It’s effective and leaves my skin smooth. It has a fresh marine scent which is quite typical in body scrubs I think. I like that the product comes in a tube rather than in a jar.

The body milk is amazing. I fell in love with it. It’s thin and milky-like and absorbs quickly. It smells like Almond blossom which is apparently a heaven on earth. I was disappointed the scrub didn’t smell like this! I’m definitely gonna buy this in the future. It doesn’t even cost that much considering it’s a luxury brand. It’s about 26€.

little Butterfly LONDON bubbles in the breeze top to toe wash

This product is beautiful – I absolutely love the pacakging! Little Butterfly London products are made for mothers, kids and babies. They suit sensitive even eczema prone skin.  The gel works for both body and hair and it also works in bath. Oh how I wish I had a bath tub and could try this in there – maybe in the next home. This product felt really gentle yet it did make me clean. It’s scented lightly with orange and mandarin essential oils – just enought that you can smell it but not as much as the usual shower gels. I would definitely recommend this to – well mothers, babies and children of course – but also for sensitive or dry skin.
My man’s goddaughter also tried this (8-year-old) she said that “it was great”. So there you have it.

Iroisie The Ultimate Serum

Isn’t this the most beautiful serum you have ever seen? So pretty with those golden details! As you may guess this is quite pricey but it also promises to do all sorts of things: brighten, soften, moisturize and balance skin. It contains a lot of antioxidants which brighten and repair skin. Sea weed and natural oils nourish and protect and Ylang ylang balances skin. I love the scent which is mainly from the Ylang Ylang. The serum comes out in a milky lotion but it melts quickly into oil. It’s quite rich and one drop is enough for the whole face.  I would recommend this to mature, dry or normal skin. This product is also suitable for vegans.

absolution Le Soin Purifiant Deep Cleansing mask 

I had high expectations towards this product since I had heard good things about it. Also I had run out of my purifying mask so this came in just at the right time. The packaging and the top is quite unusual:  you twist the top and the product comes out of this small hole. At first it was a bit of a puzzle to figure out but the system is actually quite handy. You get just the right amount of product and the tube stays surprisingly clean.
This mask is deep cleansing and brightening mask that balances the sebum production and tightens pores. It contains white clay, cooling peppermint and willow extract that has naturally salisylic acid in it. White clay is suitable for sensitive skin so even though this is purifying it’s definitely also moisturizing and suits all skin types.
The mask is creamy rather than thick and when it dries it doesn’t tighten skin unpleasantly. I love this mask! It’s a great choice for dry yet oily skin especially for Autumn and Winter. The price is about 30€ which is an okay sum to use for an effective product. It’s also vegan.

 Iroisie serum & Patyka mask.

The discount code for is “charlottaeve” and you get -15% from your order (excluding May Lindstrom Skin, Pai Skincare, Kjaer Wais, gift cards, Jolie boxes). It’s valid until 23.9.16.

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