When you suffer from acne, it can be disheartening when you can’t find anything that successfully clears your skin. Abrasive scrubs can aggravate your pimples, making them swollen and red, and astringent cleansers can strip your skin of oils, leaving it feeling tight and dry, yet the spots and pimples persist and continue to form.
Acne affects as many as 60 million people in the US alone, ranging from mild, infrequent breakouts to severe, cystic conditions. As many as 20% of those 60 million people have acne which is severe enough to cause scarring. So you can rest assured, that while it can be discouraging to be battling pimples, you are far from alone with your condition.
There are hundreds of anti-acne products on the market, but while most of them treat the symptoms of acne, such as excessive oil production, inflammation and blackheads, there aren’t many to treat the cause of those issues – improving the overall health of your skin.
This is where facial steamers come in. A facial steamer can boost your circulation, improve the cell turn over and even-out your complexion, resulting in clear skin, reduced spots and more resilience to against spots. It sounds too good to be true, but it can be extremely effective at balancing out your skin and improving your complexion.
Steaming your face is certainly not a modern concept. The idea goes back as far as Roman times, and perhaps even further. Traditional methods include leaning over a basin of steaming water, with a towel draped over your head, but there are now specially-designed nano-steamers which bring you even more benefits.
- Improved circulation – facial steamers warm your skin, which in turn causes responses from your skin. These reactions include relaxing the pores, dilating your blood vessels which in turn lowers your blood pressure, and encourages your pores to sweat. The responses are part of your body’s natural function called thermoregulation. Thermoregulation is your body’s natural way of keeping a constant temperature.
- Healthy skin cells – by improving your circulation and efficiency of blood flow to your skin, you are improving the rate at which oxygen and nutrients are brought to your cells, and waste products are removed from them, which in turn improves the health of your skin. The extra nutrients and oxygen available to your skin cells mean that cells can carry out their processes at an enhanced rate and respire more efficiently. The more efficient removal of toxins also prevents a build-up which can lower your skin’s health. This combination means that your skin becomes more resilient to fighting bacteria, therefore, can result in fewer breakouts.
- Expels blockages – another response your skin has as you steam your face, is the pores relax and open. The steam will also encourage sweat from your pores, which can loosen and help to expel clogged pores and blackheads. The steam will soften the blockages, so even if they do not come out of their own accord, they will be easier to remove. Once your pores are clean, you may notice that they also appear smaller or more closed – because nothing is holding them open. This means they are not only less noticeable but also less likely to become blocked again! After steaming your face is a great time to treat your face with microdermabrasion to get great results.
- Enhances treatment results – because steaming increases your circulation and the turnover within cells, you will find that you will achieve better results form topical products to put on your skin after a facial steam than before. Treatments can penetrate deeper into your skin, and the products are metabolized faster. Therefore, straight after steaming your face is a good opportunity to apply a face mask or skin-clearing moisturizer.
- Relaxation – not all spots are caused by stress, but it certainly doesn’t help. Steaming your face is extremely relaxing and can help you to decompress so that you can get a good nights sleep, improving your overall health and resilience.
- Aromatherapy – some, but not all steamers are designed for aromatherapy. This means they will have a dedicated chamber where you can add essential oils and even fresh fruit to your steaming session. In addition to being relaxing, this can mean that the essential oils can penetrate deeper into your skin than they otherwise would, so they can be more effective. You can, for example, add tea tree oil, which is renowned for its antiseptic and antiviral properties.
- Hydration – steaming your face using the traditional method of a basin and towel will not quite have the same success, but using a modern facial steamer which produces nano steam can very efficiently hydrate your skin. This is because nano steam, which is far smaller than the particles of regular steam, is thought to penetrate your skin as much as 10 times more efficiently than regular steam, which often collects on the surface of your skin instead. This moisturizes your skin and can even reduce and prevent the visible signs of aging.
As you can see, there are many benefits of steaming your face, and it can be extremely effective at reducing and preventing acne. What’s more, it is a completely natural way to deeply cleanse your skin and doesn’t require harsh chemicals which can do more harm than good. It doesn’t take long to do either. Modern steamers heat up very quickly, and sessions don’t take long. Ideally, you should steam your face for more than five minutes to get enough of the benefits, but don’t overdo it – try to keep your steam session under twenty minutes.
Steaming your face is a suitable treatment for nearly all skin types – even those with sensitive skin. You will see best results if you keep a regular regimen, but again you don’t want to overdo it. A couple of times per week is a good place to start, and try to keep up good care of your skin in between.
How to Steam Your Face For Acne
- First, cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser. This is because you want a clean surface to start with so that as your pores sweat there is no bacteria which will collect and cause further problems.
- Sit back, relax and steam your face for between 5 and 20 minutes.
- Apply a deep cleansing mask such as bentonite clay or one that has tea tree oil and leave it to dry.
- Wash off the face mask then splash your face with cold water to close your pores naturally. Alternatively, if your steamer can do so, have a session of cold steam.
- Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
- Apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer
You may notice that after your first few session your skin gets worse. Do not panic about this – it probably needs to get worse before it can start to get better. Results will vary from person to person, but it is likely that your cells are working harder to expel toxins and bacteria, and it is coming out in the form of spots, but once your skin has cleaned out, you should find that it becomes clearer and tighter.
Overall, we would say that using a facial steamer is one of the best ways to naturally clear your skin. It doesn’t require harsh chemicals so it can be used for sensitive skin, and rather than just targeting symptoms, it improves the overall health of your skin. That means it can replace oily, pimple skin with a youthful, dewy glow. Let us know how you get on with your steamer. If you haven’t got one yet, have a look at our steamer reviews of what we consider to be the top steamers available, so see which one is the best one for you.