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Gather ’round beauty babes because things are about to get REAL.
Today I am sharing with you an issue I have struggled with for most of my adult life, and especially the last year and a half, and a solution that I think you will love. Because chances are, this problem is something you may have experienced too.
Growing up I had pretty nice skin. No major breakouts and I could wear whatever makeup my little teenage heart desired. But now that I am in my mid-thirties (eek) things are beginning to change.
One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed has been in the last year and a half. My nose pores have always been large and tend to get clogged, but over the last 18 months they’ve been CONSTANTLY full. Meaning, I could squeeze my nose at any given moment and gunk would come out (I told you we were getting REAL).
For the fist few months I chalked it up to the weather (summertime) and my diet. But as the year mark went by, I thought it must be something more. At the time I was using a really good skincare line recommended by my esthetician. Face wash and scrub were a part of my daily routine. I thought maybe I needed to add a toner and a weekly mask, so I did.
But the problem persisted. No matter what I ate, how many masks I did, how often I used my Nose Strips…nothing changed.
And if I wore makeup, the problem was even worse. The makeup actually seemed to fill my pores even more and it was even noticeable from a distance. This was REALLY embarrassing for me and I would typically apply my makeup and then rub it off my nose so it wouldn’t exaggerate the issue.
I finally got fed up, Googled “nose pores full of gunk” and found out it actually has a name.
SEBACEOUS FILAMENTS. Could it sound any more disgusting?
Basically, Sebaceous Filaments are a “tiny collection of sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands) and dead skin cells around a hair follicle, which usually takes the form of a small hair-like strand. They usually have white or yellow color, and can be expressed from the skin by pinching.” (Wikipedia)
The more I read, the more I realized that this is a problem plaguing a lot of people, but not something I’d ever heard talked about.
It was around this time that I first heard the word non-comodogenic. Non-comodogenic makeup is specially formulated so it won’t clog your pores. I immediately ditched my current tinted moisturizer in the hope that would help.
Soon after, I discovered SeneGence Cosmetics and Skincare and ditched everything else. The entire line is non-comodogenic! I literally threw away ALL of my makeup and skincare and decided to give this line a try.
It’s been 3 months since I made the switch and I have NEVER seen my pores this under control. They are visibly smaller and I can squeeze my nose without anything coming out 95% of the time. I haven’t made any changes in my diet (though I should) so I can only attribute this massive change to the fact that I am using all non-comodogenic products and a good skincare line.
Here’s a rundown of my routine that banished my Sebaceous Filaments:
- I wash my face every morning and every night with SeneGence Dry 3-in-1 Face Wash. I do this in the shower daily, with my amazing Clairisonic knock off by Vanity Planet. This baby was only $35 when I bought it and it is amazing- check out the reviews! Sign up for their newsletter so you will get notified when it goes on sale!
- Ice Rolling. I got this one on Amazon and it is so great for making pores smaller and decreasing puffiness.
- I then apply the SeneGence full skincare routine every morning and night.
- Twice a week I use their Facial Resurfacer on my entire face. It is made with Vanuatu Volcanic Ash and it leaves my skin so soft and smooth.
- If my nose starts to feel a little rough, I apply the SeneGence Polishing Exfoliator JUST to my nose on the in-between days.
- I use my Nose Strips once a week. They mostly take care of the sides of my nose where I get extra buildup…the top part is usually clear (that in itself is amazing!)
I highly recommend you check out SeneGence’s products, or at least make sure the makeup and skin care you are currently using is non-comodogenic.
- I hope me sharing this personal information, along with these tips will help you achieve smoother, sebaceous filament free skin!