How to Deal with Sebum Plugs in the Skin

How to Remove Keratin Plugs?

Keratin plugs are very difficult to remove from skin. They may be hard or soft, small or large, they do not change shape even if you pull them off completely. If you have a hard keratin plug, it will take some effort to get it off your face. You need to use a needle and thread. To remove these types of plugs, you need to apply heat to the skin around the plug until it melts away.

The following steps are used:

1) Use a cotton ball soaked in warm water and gently rub over the area where you want to remove the plug.

Do not squeeze too much pressure on the cotton ball because this could cause burns. Continue rubbing until all traces of moisture disappear.

2) After removing the plug, rinse the area thoroughly with cool water.

3) Repeat step 2 several times until you are satisfied that there are no more plugs left.

Step 3: If you still feel any discomfort after rinsing off the liquid, then you need to repeat step 1 again. This time, make sure that you keep washing your hands well afterwards!

What Are Sebum Plugs?

Sebum is an oily substance secreted by sebaceous glands. It is supposed to keep your skin supple and hydrated. Most people experience sebum secretion on a daily basis. Sometimes too much of it gets accumulated in skin pores and blocks hair follicles leading to the formation of what is known as a sebum plug or sebaceous hyperplasia. A sebum plug can be easily recognized by its cheesy color.

What Are the Symptoms of a Sebum Plug?

The most common symptom of a sebum plug is a whitehead or a blackhead on the skin. It can also cause severe skin issues like pimples, zits, or cysts. However, these kinds of issues are not caused directly by the sebum plug but by the infection caused by bacteria in the plugged up pore.

Blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads normally are found on the face, neck, and back and are often the result of plugged pores. Blackheads are a kind of acne that appears on the surface of the skin as small, dark spots with a dim center. They are so named because they are caused by the clogging of the pores by oil and other dirt particles. If you squeeze or pick at them, you may aggravate the situation and lead to infection. Picking at your skin can also lead to the formation of scars.

Blemishes, whiteheads and blackheads are not life-threatening, but they can affect your confidence levels due to their unsightly nature. They can be easily identified by a small, round, hard knotch beneath the surface of the skin.

How To Identify a Sebum Plugs?

It feels like a small hard knotch beneath the skin that is either black or white in color.

There will be no pain if you prod the area with a needle or finger.

How to Identify Seborrhea?

Seborrhea is a skin disease that is marked by an abnormal amount of oil (sebum) production in the skin. The disease can occur at any age, but it is most common among teenagers and young adults. Although it can affect any region of the body, seborrhea is most commonly found on the scalp and the face. A person suffering from this disease experiences severe itching, redness, and flaking of skin in the affected area.

How To Identify a Seborrhea Plug?

The symptoms of a seborrhea plug are more or less similar to that of a sebum plug. The only difference being that seborrhea is a skin disease that causes the excessive buildup of oil, known as sebum. The main causes of this disease are unclear, but factors like stress, using certain medications, and hormonal changes can trigger its outbreak.

How To Get Rid Of a Sebum or Seborrhea Plug?

The good thing about sebum plugs is that they are not life-threatening and can be easily removed by yourself at home. However, it is important that you maintain a good skin hygiene to prevent their recurrence.

Natural Remedies for Sebum and Seborrhea Plugs

The process is simple. All you need to do is apply some toothpaste to the area of the skin where the plug is located. If it is a sebum plug, you should start feeling a gentle bubbling sensation within a few minutes of applying the toothpaste.

If it is a seborrhea plug, you should start feeling a tingling and stinging sensation within a few minutes of applying the toothpaste.

You can also use other household items like oragel, nair, lemon juice or even sandpaper for this process.

After you have done exfoliating the plugged area, wash it with water and apply an anti-bacterial ointment for relief.

How Often Should You Do This?

It is recommended that you do this once every week for the first month and then twice monthly for the following three months. If you do this once every month after that, you should be able to keep sebum and seborrhea plugs from returning.

Toothpaste, or any other item that you use for this home remedy should not be used near or in the eyes.

Does This Work?

Yes, it does, provided you maintain a good skin hygiene.

Factors that can increase your chances of getting plugged pores:

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