Many readers have recently written to me to enquire whether facial steaming is good or bad for face. As the opinions about benefits of steaming your face are mixed, I talked to a few top dermatologists to find out the truth. Here is summary of the information I gathered from them.
Pros And Cons Of Steaming Your Face
Steaming your face is a deep cleansing method that uses hot water vapor to open the skin pores. It dilates the skin, making it easy to remove deep-seated dirt, blackheads and grime from the pores.
Facial steaming is an amazing option for the individuals with acne prone skin or with stubborn blackheads.
By steaming your face, you achieve three objectives:
(i) The water vapor loosens dirt, impurities and toxins that are blocking your skin pores.
(ii) The heat causes sweating, which further flushes out the skin pores.
(iii) Freshly cleaned skin pores are able to absorb skin beauty products in a better way such as anti-aging creams or other prescription creams and allow them to do their job more effectively.
Whereas exposing your skin to warm steam helps deep cleanse your pores and makes you feel extra relaxing, it may not be providing your skin any major benefits.
(i) Hot water vapors can strip off more natural oils and moisturizers from your skin than washing your face with water at normal or lukewarm temperature.
(ii) During steam facial, you expose your skin to considerable heat, which leads to dilation of blood vessels – resulting in to flushing, enhanced inflammation, and worsening of skin conditions like rosacea.
(i) Facial steaming is strictly no-no for the people having rosacea-prone skin because the heat can induce dilation of blood vessels, leading to redness.
(ii) Moreover, it’s not well suited for people with dry skin or eczema prone skin as the natural oils get stripped off.
(iii) Although steaming helps to loosen blockages and clears pus from pimples. Don’t steam skin that has severe pustules (pus-filled spots).
In case your skin is NOT “too sensitive or super dry” and you do want to deep cleanse your pores, limit doing facial steaming for up to 5-10 minutes and make sure to cleanse your skin with a mild cleanser soon after for removing loosened debris.
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