How to remove sebaceous filaments: my 3 tips for clearer pores

After years of trial and error, I’ve found that the most effective method of removing sebaceous filaments isn’t using a specific product, but using the right type of products regularly in your routine.

Author: Jenny Wu
Jenny Wu

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  1. Kat W says:

    What face cleansers do you use? @JennyWu

  2. Priscilla says:

    Just to clarify, so for one week, you will use clay mask and the cosrx BHA liquid once a week, then next week clay mask and the mandelic acid? Can we use clay mask and acids on the same day?

    • Jenny says:

      So I’ll typically use the gentler Cosrx BHA liquid every other day, and once a week I’ll replace it with a stronger acid like the mandelic acid serum. The clay mask I’ll use once a week, and I try to time it on days when I’m not use the mandelic acid, but that’s just my personal preference. If you don’t have sensitive skin you should be able to use a clay mask and an acid on the same day!

  3. Denise says:

    What cleanser do you use, please? Or do you recommend just soap and water? Do you recommend a washcloth or hands only?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Denise, I’ve shared the cleanser I’m currently using here, but in general I’d recommend something suitable for your skin type, low pH, and sulfate-free. I don’t use a washcloth to remove the cleanser, just my hands and warm water.

  4. Thank you for this helpful post ! I found that adding a drop of salicylic acid to my cleanser on a regular basis helps ! I have to try clay masks !

  5. Lubna says:

    Ooh ! The CosRx Powder sounds pretty strong and effective ! Such a helpful post. Thanks !


  6. Julia says:

    Didn’t know a lot of this and I think I want to start using a clay mask as well!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  7. I never thought of pressing my cleanser in around the nose, but it makes much sense explained like that. And I press in my serums anyway, so it shouldn’t be much of a change.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  8. Veronica says:

    I actually really want to try mandelic acid and see if iy works. Great tips! I love using clay masks too but it didn’t occur to me to use it in the shower.

    Joy to the World

  9. Naya says:

    I must admit – I love your sense of humor when it comes to blackheads! Scrape those bastards off haha, I agree I somehow enjoy the process too although it is very gross yet satisfying at the same time. I will try your clay mask + shower technique for sure! Thanks for all the tips here! xx

    The Party Parrot Blog

  10. Marina Rosie says:

    Lovely post as usual Jenny because, girl, being 16 and trying to maintain good skin is HARD. I get blackheads and clogged pores very often so, yes, I do try to do clay masks from time to time but I never knew doing them in the shower was a little Jenny trick, so I’m going to have to start that from today! I’m also looking at including more retinol within my routine as, you’re right, it’s an amazing ingredient! x
    Marina Rosie x

  11. This is an interesting post, although I usually don’t have many problems with blackheads, I have loved the Irish Moor Mud Mask since it came out. I remember reviewing it, I absolutely love it in rotation with the pore cleanser. I don’t use it all the time but once or twice a month works well. I am with you on the second cleansing, I do the same, and it does make a difference.

  12. Alyssa says:

    Lately, I’m more concern about my pores. Right now I’m loving the CosRx Two in One Poreless Power Liquid and using the Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol, but I’ve been wanting to try that Blackhead Power Liquid too. I always hear good reviews about it, but I don’t know why I always skip it in the store, I always forget I want it XD

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  13. Ugh… Blackheads are my worst skincare nightmare! I’ve been using clay masks regularly now and they’ve helped a lot, but I need to start doing those two last steps too!

  14. Geniussr says:

    such an informative post…will definitely try all these..thanks for explaining in detail…❤️

  15. Somehow my skin has changed in recent years and I don’t really have an issue with sebaceous filaments anymore but they are a real issue for my husband who I swear still has the raging skin of a teenager. He uses the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid twice a day and I have him mask weekly and doing this has kept them at bay. He also uses the COSRX Blackhead Silk FingerBalls which are really effective at reducing surface level blackheads without redness or irritation. Personally Drunk Elephant Baybyfacial has done wonders for my pores in general.

  16. I need to try using mud mask in the shower, what you said about letting the steam open up the pores for deeper cleansing makes sense. Makes it easier to rinse without the bloody mess too.