Steamy Nights for the Cleanest Pores

//Steamy Nights for the Cleanest Pores

When I had acne my mother used to joke that some of my pimples were so big they seemed to cry “pick me! pick me!” (she would raise her hand in the air and fluttered it frantically while doing this). But while her blemish comedy was not only embarrassing, it caused confusion.

You see, in my pre-esthetician days I was torn about whether to pick or not to pick my spotted skin, and when I did, I often bruised it. I would become so attached to digging it out my face that my technique lacked the gentle care it does now. This is a dilemma that many of my clients have – and I can see their struggle as they come in with scars and scabs.

Now if we have clogged pores or pimples, they need to removed – but how do we remove them if we have neither the time or the budget to come in for a full-length professional facial? Well, I will let you in on a little secret: warm steam (You’ll thank me for scraping the line: “…a little secret that is more than just hot air: warm steam”…I have a tacky streak hence my love for costume jewellery).

Yes, facial steaming is an excellent way to unclog your pores without picking at it. And even for those of us who don’t have blemishes (I love being able to be put into this camp now!), it helps infuse moisture, mobilize circulation and blood flow, sweat out skin toxins and prevent a build up of blackheads. Even the color and tone of our skin improves from this simple at-home treatment.

How to do this properly:

Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil
Take it off the hot plate
Hover your face at least six inches away from it with a towel over your head to entrap the steam
Relax here for 5-10 minutes

You can add loose herbs, tea bags (herbal tea) or essential oils to the water for a more therapeutic effect. Sage and rosemary are good for disinfecting the skin, chamomile and rose are best for a soothing effect, and lavender is an easy-to-source skin balancer. I find that these are good to include because our skin absorbs much more deeply as our pores are open.

Initially, I recommend doing this every night for one week to see results of a smoother, less angry complexion. After this, you can decrease down to twice per week until your skin re-balances – or for those with rosacea or broken capillaries, only start with twice per week and hover even further away from the hot pot (8 inches away or so).

Now, after facial steaming it is very important to follow up with a nourishing moisturizer or hydrating mask to prevent dehydration. If you would like to make it a full evening of skin pampering, exfoliate before the steam, and mask afterward for a mini-facial experience.

Unlike me, you will avoid ugly scars and learn that you don’t need to teach your skin tough love, a little TLC will have your complexion clear, clean and positively glowing.

2014-06-30T16:38:45-04:00 By |Acne|8 Comments

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  1. Lorena May 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this information. I have been having the cyst like pimples on either side of my chin, I get them right before my menstrual period. I just started a detox diet of all raw food and veggies, there is avocados and nuts in it. Now, I started getting those painful pimples all around my jaw line.
    Can you recommend a softer product for cleansing and moisturizing my face? Thank you!

    • kristen May 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      What cleanser are you using now? I love the Pure + Simple sensitive skin face wash for gently clarifying blemished skin.

  2. Emma February 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Kristen,

    I steam regularly and do clays masks and everything else I possibly can to get rid of blackheads but absolutely nothing works (other than just a temporary effect).I have recently been looking up the comedogenic ratings of ingredients and I’m wondering if my beloved Martina Gebhardt Black Mud Cream could be contributing to the problem due to ingredients like olive oil and cocoa butter? I’m almost afraid to ask because it softens and soothes my skin like no other overnight cream can! Thanks.

    • kristen March 5, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

      Emma, natural heavy oils and butters are only comedogenic when your skin is dehydrated (lacking in water). This is because the skin is so lacking in water its dry to the touch – when heavy ingredients are applied they can also dry out and clog like your own sebum. But not using moisturizers etc is not the answer as dehydration makes this even worse. The best thing to do is increase skin hydration through using a serum, exfoliating, steaming and eating/ drinking hydrating things. Also, making sure your bowels move everyday 1-2x per day. Lastly, the aquabrasion treatment is excellent for black heads – short term as well as long term. It encourages collagen production which tightens and hydrates our skin tissue.

  3. becca May 16, 2014 at 12:47 am - Reply

    So this is my third night doing this and I’ve been loving it. Would it be healthy to do it every night after the five days or no?

    • kristen May 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      You can do it each night for a week if you have really congested pores. I wouldnt say to make i a habit but if doing it for a particular skin problem, every night is fine for a finite period.

  4. Corinne March 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I have read that adding sea salt to the water aids in healing acne faster. Is there any truth to that? I would assume it could be very drying.

    • kristen May 15, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Hmmm… probably because sea salt is disinfecting – but it is drying. I wouldn’t want to dry out all of your face for a few blemishes. I find dabbing on clay mask overnight or a tiny dab of apple cider vinegar better as it targets only the blemish.

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