Oily skin is notorious for causing blocked pores which encourage Propionibacterium acnes, the acne causing bacteria, to breed. However, using skin-drying alcohol-based products or harsh face washes actually encourages the oil glands to produce more oil (sebum).
Although steaming alone will not clear comedones (pore blockages) the moisturizing heat will increase circulation, open pores and make your facial skin sweat. Sweat, mainly water, sodium, and potassium, also contains many smaller compounds some of which have antibacterial properties. Sweating also helps flush impurities and contains salt which creates an environment that bacteria do not like.
Our Problem Skin Facial Tea is made with organic herbs and botanicals that are known to help open and deep clean pores.
- Facial herbs can be used as a facial steam or facial toner
- Formulated with herbs and botanicals specifically for deep pore cleansing
- Herbs such as thyme have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make them valuable natural tools to fight acne
- A facial steam before cleansing softens and helps release dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria and other impurities that can cause breakouts
- 1 bag is enough for at least 3 facial steams--Reusable cotton muslin bag included!
- All Natural, Certified Organic, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Non-GMO
How to Use
Directions for Facial Steam:
- Place ¼ cup of herbs into muslin bag
- Place bag in a pot or heatproof bowl about 3-quart size
- Pour 2 quarts of boiling water over herbs
- Cover and steep 10 minutes
- Wait a few minutes to allow the water to cool slightly--be sure steam is not too hot
- Place bowl on a heatproof surface where you can comfortably sit
- Holding your head 12 inches from bowl, drape a large towel over head and bowl to capture steaming herbal water
- Allow the steam to bathe your skin a minute or two and then raise your head a bit and take a few breaths of fresh air
- Repeat the process for a maximum of 5 to 10 minutes
- If at any time it gets too hot under the towel--lift a corner to let in a little cool air
- As the herbs steep, the rising steam will open your pores and carry the aromatic herbal oils your skin
- Splash face with cool water, to close your pores, and pat dry
Please Note: If you have severe or cystic acne heat may aggravate the condition. So check with your doctor before using a face steaming treatment. If steam is contraindicated, you can use the herbal tea as a toner.
For TONER recipes please visit our How To Use Herbal Facial Teas page
Although many people benefit from facial steams, they are not appropriate for everyone.
Steam facials should not be used for those with cystic acne or rosacea and heat and sweating can often irritate eczema. For folks who have extremely sensitive, damaged skin or who are prone to developing tiny broken veins or capillaries, herbal steams can be irritating and should be avoided unless suggested by a health-care provider.
People with health conditions such as asthma or heart trouble should consult their physician before doing facial steams. If you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin, you should always do a skin patch test before using any new herbal product.
Just like you should not sit too long in a steam room, you do not want to facial steam too long or too often. Listen to YOUR skin! A word of caution-- If you feel light-headed or woozy during steaming, stop at once.