How To Steam Your Face At Home

Steaming the face is the best way to thoroughly deep clean your pores, to get rid of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. It is very important to loosen debris that may be embedded into the skin.

When steaming you wide the clogged pores and soften the skin in order to cleanse more easily the impurities, the traces of makeup, the dust, the sebaceous secretions as well as the dead skin cells. The high temperature helps the pores to open and this way your body will clear from the toxins and the cosmetic products will reach every skin cell. After steaming it will be more easily for you to remove the comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and the little pimples.

If your skin is oily you can use thyme, peppermint or lemon, for sensitive use chamomile or lime, those with normal skin can use rose, rosemary or lavender.


  1. Boil a pan of water and after few minutes remove the pan from the stove.
  2. Add fresh herbs to create a fresh scent such as mint, chamomile and rosemary.
  3. Stand directly over the steam and drape a small towel over your head for keeping the steam from escaping because it will be more effective in opening the clogged pores.
  4. Stay 10-15 minutes until the steam disappears and rinse the face with lukewarm water.

You can steam the face twice a week without worries – it won’t harm your skin.

The best time for applying facial mask is after steaming, because the pores are open and mask will be able to penetrate deeply into the skin. If you want to remove the comedones wrap a tissue around your fingers and apply gentle pressure to each side of the comedones. Squeeze them gently but never squeeze violently because it may lead to scarring.

After steaming always apply some tonic to disinfect the skin and apply hydrating cream.

Be careful not to burn your face. You shouldn’t feel any discomfort.

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70 thoughts on “How To Steam Your Face At Home

  1. anju manocha anju manocha wrote

    its really intersting and knowldgeable advice i like your tips and advice . we indian always caution about makeup and your suggestion is very intesting thanks

  2. sonia sonia wrote

    best advices! love your site. i can see results love you~!

  3. Anonymous Anonymous wrote

    k thanks how long do you do it 4?

  4. Jennifer Jennifer wrote

    so I have used the steam on my face, but I had a question, right after I steamed it, I went to the sink & rubbed Biore pore unclogging on it & then washed it with warm water & then cold water right after that, Is that the correct way?

  5. hema hema wrote

    hi…. very useful info… but i need a help that when to cleanse my skin?is it before steaming or after… tell me the procedure

  6. unknown unknown wrote

    can i steam my face more than twice a week?

  7. Silvia Yaneva Silvia Yaneva wrote

    yes you can steam your face more than twice a week but honestly I do not see a point doing it – after steaming your face you should `close` the pores by applying a facial mask for example. There is no point in applying facial mask more than twice a week.

  8. Silvia Yaneva Silvia Yaneva wrote

    Dear Hema,

    you should cleanse your face before steaming it making sure you have removed your makeup. After steaming your face apply a facial mask to close the pores.

  9. Silvia Yaneva Silvia Yaneva wrote

    dear Jennifer, yes this is the correct way for steaming your face. Firstly you should wash your face with warm water to remove any impurities and then use cold water to close the pores.

  10. Lynn Lynn wrote

    This works wonderfully!!!! I started doing this about 3 weeks ago and noticed my blackheads from 2 previous pimples started to disappear within a week. I had been trying to get rid of them for about a month, they were fading but no fast enough until I started steaming my face. Also I’ve only had one pimple since, and as soon as I felt it coming, I steamed and it was gone the next morning. I actually clean my face with Olay daily facials first, then steam for 15 mins, afterwards I gently pat dry with a paper towel and apply a little bit of warm water to my face, then I use either a scrub “black head and break out cleansing scrub”, then a toner to close the pores back up. Also I feel so good afterwards and my face feels refreshed. I’ve been doing this twice a week, Sunday’s and Weds.

  11. Betterthan Betterthan wrote

    How do i steam my face? I mean how many times a month, for how long (in minutes)… pLs mail me the procedure…

  12. marko marko wrote

    heyy am a guy i aint gay or anything am just sensitive about my skin n i was wondering what the steps were after and before face steaming thanks

  13. meme meme wrote

    how long do you steam your face b4 you start seeing results

  14. shikhar shikhar wrote

    steaming is just ossum procedure to clean ur face

  15. vi vi wrote

    should or can you apply an egg mask on your face after steaming your face?

  16. Lucy Lucy wrote

    Some of you readers are plain THICK. READ the article 10 times, if necessary, before you post your stupid questions. ALL THE ANSWERS ARE THERE!!!!!

  17. Betterthan Betterthan wrote

    @Lucy, not stupid questions but just our questions. If we knew that they are stupid, we wudn`t ask them. So, dearests, lets read before we post our questions.

  18. nitz nitz wrote

    hey once again this site is very useful but if u can also suggest what kind of face pack shall a person apply after steam as in my case i have oily skin , thankx

  19. Ash Ash wrote

    How long a day should i use the facial steamer for and how many times a week?

  20. Jennie Jennie wrote

    how old should i start to use hot steam . im 14

  21. Molicious Molicious wrote

    Thanks for the tips i'm hoping it'll work for me. I'm looking for more tips on evening out my skin tone, i'm meeting my fiances family in a month so i'm praying for a miracle…good luck to all you others looking for remedies:-)

  22. dimple dimple wrote

    when to scrub ma face? before or after steaming?

  23. faye faye wrote

    hey thanks for the information, looks like iv been using it wrong, iv been putting my face in the steamer :|! so thnks! gr8 site! cheers.x

  24. Mercy Mercy wrote

    I'v done a mistake by steaming for a long time & not applying athing b4 or after steaming & so, ive tanned my, pls advice me on skin needs to be normal & not tanned..As i hav sinus, ive been doing this..

  25. jane jane wrote

    do you have the towel on your face while you have it over the pot?

  26. Bella Bella wrote

    Hey thanks for the help! I can't wait to try this tomorrow and see what it does for me! I've tried everything to get rid of blackheads and I think this may do the trick!

    Only problem is that under my eyes is extremely dry and thin and I'm worried if the heat will damage the skin furthur. I use Vitamin E oil every night, so I'm hoping it will be ok.

  27. Caoilfhion Caoilfhion wrote

    I have one the fancy steamers and it is so much easer than using a pot

  28. maddie :) maddie :) wrote

    I love steaming my face, i find it helps to use a drop of tea tree oil as it helps feel fresher.Also my skin has improved soooo much.

  29. Aries Aries wrote

    Thank you so much…i emailed myself the 'Steam routine you gave us…i like how you walk us threw it ..i've been to alot of sites but never hear anything about steaming..i'm deff going to start doing it!!! once again thank you for the great advice!!!

  30. jasmine jasmine wrote

    plz help me,what should i do?i have acne since when i was 16 and now im 25 but not yet gone on my face,i did not enjoy my teenages life because of this,i got large pores on my face and lot of scars and acne im so shy,i stop my study because of this:( i almost gv up..plz gv me good advice plzzzzzzz! im begging help me plzzzzzzzzz

  31. Neelam Neelam wrote

    Goin 2 try it, 2ice a week, 1st got 2 get a vapouriser

  32. Sarah Sarah wrote

    Thanx alot for this advice, i'm going to try it now 🙂

  33. Mohit Mohit wrote

    Thank you so much…i emailed myself the ‘Steam routine you gave us…i like how you walk us threw it ..i’ve been to alot of sites but never hear anything about steaming..i’m deff going to start doing it!!! once again thank you for the great advice!!!

  34. sind sind wrote

    thanks.good advice.i like it.please give more tips on skin care.

  35. kassim mariam kassim mariam wrote

    could u please send me a software on how to steam your face and makeup? thank you in anticipation

  36. oliver oliver wrote

    i like the steamer it is good for your skin.

  37. Nathan Nathan wrote

    i like the steamer it is mint and nice………………………….



  39. Chirstine Chirstine wrote

    Im sorry. But may i ask if after i steamed my face and and washed it with luke warm water after that rub a piece of peeled potato over my face is correct ?

  40. Nickolle Nickolle wrote

    How long should I steam my face if it is close to normal but with blackheads and large pores? 10-15 minutes or not more than 8? And does steaming enlarge your pores?

  41. karthu karthu wrote

    cool idea… can a steamer be used evryday for min 10 mins to feel refreshened,,,

  42. princess princess wrote

    how many time in a month can i steam my face

  43. Melissa Melissa wrote

    Hey.. soo i have to steam my face over a big pot of water, but first i clean my face with olay..then i steam and then i wash .. i dont get it plz some one .. HELP

  44. Sam Sam wrote

    I am confused about HOW long i should steam my face. It says in the beginning, " Stay 10/ 15 minutes until the steam disappears and rinse the face with lukewarm water…."
    However in the last paragraph it says, "Sitting for about 5-7 minutes, your skin should be softened and opened. Don’t go longer than 8 minutes, or then your skin will start to get wrinkly being in the steam directly."…. ?!

  45. kate kate wrote

    I and my friend just did with thyme, rosemary n rose water. As i have oily skin and her skin is normal but with age she got some dark scarr. we are just done,it feels great for both of us. thanks alot

  46. mishkat mishkat wrote

    when i use toner?after steaming or after mask applying?

  47. krishna krishna wrote

    i have same question
    after steaming i use banana facial mask for acne and acne marks
    now i'm very confused that when i should use toner to close the pores after mask or before mask? please reply as soon as possible.
    thanx a lot for all the advice.
    steaming is very helpful for my skin

  48. Lucy Lucy wrote

    Can i just you a normal 'simple' facewash after i have steamed my face?

  49. Ramesh Ramesh wrote

    i have very oily skin and have acne spot i want to make my face fair plz help me and tell step of steam and tel name of cleasner and home remedies plz help me

  50. Joy Joy wrote

    Since i started steaming my face,the spots on my face have vanished.It really works, you should try it.

  51. kate kate wrote

    Neutrogina acne wash product is Good n effective for skin. home made remedies for acne spots you can rub lemon and concern some good dermatologist

  52. kate kate wrote

    irst wash your face with face wash or how you clean your face every day,clean it. Then steam your face with thyme IF oily skin or plain hot water. Then after steam 10-15 minute rinse your face with warm water and wipe your face with towel. Then Apply your mask or not

  53. rock rock wrote

    what do i do if i have dry skin? 🙂

  54. shirish malhotra shirish malhotra wrote

    by trying this steaming way my skin became very much dry now what should i do for it and first i washed my face with cold wate then i steamed my face and then i again washed it with warm water and then cold water is it correct.

  55. Unkown Unkown wrote

    Hi, is it correct when i wake up from sleep, that 1. i wash my face with cold, then warm water, afterwards steam my face, after that use a cleanser, then a toner, then a moisture ??

  56. kate kate wrote

    Apply moisturizer the one suites your skin. and above every thing is for ladies skin,I have no idea for mens skin. take care

  57. lokesh lokesh wrote

    i started doing stream on my face from 1week i found best result all my blackheads and marks disappeared but i have a doubt after doing can i apply any face pack or massage my skin with any home made face pack kindly suggest me bye…

  58. Kiara Kiara wrote

    When I steam my face (I use a facial sauna system from walmart) I always use green tea instead of water. Green tea has detoxifing and anti aging benefits. It works AMAZINGLY 🙂

  59. Kiara Kiara wrote

    Oh, and lokesh:
    You can use face packs 🙂 I suggest using a homeade one (my favs are a chocolate mask and an avacado one both compliments to bubzbeauty) Homeade ones are REALLY beneficial. They work the best because they don't have any funky chemecals. Organic and natural things are what the body and skin love the most and will soak up. 🙂 hope this helps!

  60. romita romita wrote

    this is amazing! its work really well:-)

  61. rahel rahel wrote

    is steam safe for dry skin ? i mean, if the skin types is dry, is there any effect after steam for dry skin ?

  62. zoya zoya wrote

    Plz tel me one thing after steaming if i apply honey on my face nd then wash it with cold water…is this right???

  63. dorji dorji wrote

    guys i hv started doing steaming 4 3 month ,my darksport r goin bt dnt knw y red marks staying wat shld i do guyz plz plz help me i m having lot of tension

  64. Gabriel Gabriel wrote

    I can’t wait to try this. I am a 45 year old male with the face of a 16 year old. Ever since I got out of the Army my forehead and shoulders exploded with Pimple’s and black heads. I tried proactive witch seemed to have only feed the black heads the same with my 24 year old daughter. I bought the steamer tried it but I didn’t feel like I was in a Solon feeling all your pours clean. But then I read this and missed 95% of the steps now I just have to figure out all that cream stuff lol thanks for the info.. Gabriel

  65. Kiran Kiran wrote

    i use a cooker without a whistle cap on and hence it gives me a nice warm steam and i use nothing but the normal water for steaming. i have been doing this daily and i dont use any moisturizer after but wash out the face with warm water first and the cold water later to close back the i doing it right cause i dont see any negative result yet..i use neem and aloevera facepack after it sometimes..

  66. Jina Narzary Jina Narzary wrote

    i do stm my face evryday! trice a day is it okay if i reduce it to 2 or 1? pls mail me

  67. mersi mersi wrote

    Can I use daily d vapouriser. ?. N m already using it plz let me knw n my skin z got tan on hands bcoz f nt using any cream b4 n aftr steaming plz suggest me fr d treatment

  68. Byeol Byeol wrote

    Can I use facial scrub while I’m steaming my face or does it have to be after?

  69. Donna Faye Donna Faye wrote

    1. Cleanse the face with soap and warm, tepid water. Pat face with a clean towel to dry.
    2. Steam the face for 10 to 15 minutes, but no longer than 15 minutes with a towel draped over your head .
    3. If you have a mask, use the mask per instructions and then apply a toner or tonic with a cotton ball.
    4. Apply your moisturizer and/or serum according to your skin type.
    5. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are awesome .

  70. Adarsh vats Adarsh vats wrote

    Can i aaply alovera gel after steaming

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