If you are dealing with acne, you probably are already annoyed and frustrated about the different acne treatment options. Most people struggle to find the best product for cleaning their skin, and many abrasive skin care products aggravate acne and end up making your skin worse.
Experimenting with acne treatment options is a difficult and painful process.
Unfortunately, nearly 60 million people in the United States alone suffer from mild to cystic acne! Furthermore, nearly 20% of those people have severe acne which can cause scarring and long-term facial damage.
Regardless of how bad your acne is- you are not alone!
Although there are thousands of acne treatment options on the market, rarely are any of them more effective than properly using a facial steamer.
Using a facial steamer can help you:
- Reduce the Appearance of Acne
- Improve the Blood Circulation in Your Facial Skin
- Improve Cell Turn-Over Ration
- Balance Skin Complexion
Combined with one of my homemade face mask for acne recipes, a facial steamer is a powerful tool for fighting acne!
Keep reading below to find out more about how you can use a facial steamer to treat your acne issues!
Facial Steamer for Acne – The Research
Unlike many other acne treatment options, there is scientific research confirming the benefits of using a facial steamer for acne.
In 2016, a study published in The Journal of Korean Medicine Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology investigated the effect of herbal steam therapy on “acne vulgaris.”
In the study, researchers treated six patients who had acne vulgaris with Korean Medicine Therapy (Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture)- which included herbal steam therapy. The effects were evaluated using the Korean Acne Grading System(KAGS) and pictures.
After the treatment, the KAGS Grade of all patients treated with the Korean Medicine Therapy that included herbal steam therapy was 1. Based on the findings of the study, the researchers concluded that Korean Medicine Therapy that utilizes herbal steam therapy is effective and available to treat symptoms of acne vulgaris.
Although further studies are needed to verify and extrapolate on these findings, it is very impressive that herbal steam therapy is already associated with acne treatment through scientific research.
How to Use a Facial Steamer to Treat Acne
Whether you use a handheld facial steamer or larger home facial steamer, using a facial steamer for your acne is a simple task.
Since you only need to follow the directions on your facial steamer to use it properly, the only choice you need to make is which essential oils you want to use. Many of the effects of a facial steamer work without essential oils, but essential oils can add additional benefits for your skin and acne.
However, each essential oils has unique benefits. Some essential oils and their benefits include:
- Tea Tree Oil- Anti-Bacterial, Good for Acne
- Lavender- Calming, Helps with Insomnia, Good for Sensitive Skin
- Rosemary- Balances Oily Skin, Good for Acne
- Rose- Hydrating, Good for Dry or Mature Skin
- Jasmine- Antioxidants, Good for Dry or Mature Skin
- Geranium- Natural Astringent, Good for Sensitive Skin
- Parsley- Natural Astringent, Can Heal Acne
- Eucalyptus- Relieves Nasal Decongestion, Good for Acne
- Fennel- Contains Anti-Aging Antioxidants and Other Compounds
- Chamomile- Good for Soothing Irritated Skin
Take your time and choose an essential oil that can benefit you in multiple ways!
Concluding Thoughts – Should You Use a Facial Steamer to Treat Acne?
Using a facial steamer is a safe and reliable way to reduce the symptoms of acne. Unlike creams or topical products, there is less of a chance of having a negative reaction when you use a facial steamer. Using steam to treat acne is an incredibly natural solution and will benefit your skin for years.
Furthermore, a face steamer is a great investment. Although you will want to buy essential oils over time, it is a much cheaper treatment option than dealing with creams and scrubs for years.
If you have severe acne that you cannot treat on your own, it is very important that you see a dermatologist before you risk having permanent acne scars.
However, if you believe you can manage on your own, using a facial steamer is an excellent natural acne solution!