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How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores

by
author image Traci Joy
A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."
How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Clogged pores can cause skin irritation, infection and acne. Clogged pores are one of the top contributing factors to acne breakouts, no matter what your age is. One of the best ways to cleanse your facial pores is by giving them a steam bath. Steaming your skin is like taking a bath that cleans from the inside out. Warm steam cleanses your pores by causing you to sweat, which opens the pores and helps push any dirt and debris out. Giving yourself a steam facial at home is simple and requires no specialized equipment.

Step 1

How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Pull your hair away from your face with a hair tie or headband.

Step 2

How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Wash your face with a mild cleanser, and rinse well.

Step 3

How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Put 5 cups of distilled water into a large pot and bring to a boil.

Step 4

How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Transfer the hot water to a large glass bowl, making sure that the bowl is set securely on a table.

Step 5

How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Sit so that you can comfortably place your face over the bowl of steaming hot water.

Step 6

How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Drape a towel over your head so that you make a tent over you and the bowl of water. If at any point you feel the steam is too hot on your skin, move your face farther away from the water.

Step 7

How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Stay over the steam for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the steam cools.

Step 8

How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Wash your face with the cleanser of your choice, then rinse three to five times with lukewarm water.

Step 9

How to Steam Your Face to Cleanse Your Pores
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Place some astringent or vinegar on a cotton ball and rub it all over your face. The astringent helps remove debris and cleanses the pores. Rinse the astringent with lukewarm water, then make your final facial rinse with cool water. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

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