Dirt, sweat, hormones, and stress can all cause unwanted breakouts. For some of us, knowing the best way to naturally clean our pores can be as elusive as frizz-free hair.


Did you know that steam, whether it be from your shower or your fresh cup of tea, actually opens up our pores? Using steam as a way to help clean your face could possibly be one of nature’s greatest gifts for clear skin.


Before we get started, there are some cautions we all must take before we steam our pores.


Steam is created when water reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. That means that if you do not proceed carefully, you could be doing more harm than good, as burnt skin is not much better than a breakout.


Because steam opens your pores, you want to make sure that you clean the surface of your face before you try to steam your pores open, or else it is counter-productive. You do not want to open up your pores only to let the dirt on the upper layer of your skin more easily sink beneath the surface!


Now, you are ready to get started! Simply put about a cup of water in a medium saucepan and set the stove to high heat. Wait for the water to boil. For an added twist, add some rose petals or lavender to your steaming pot for a calming effect on the skin. Alternatively, you can also try a safe, natural steamer tab.


Steaming Your Pores (holisticvanity.ca)

Take your boiling water and saucepan off the heat. Cover your head with a towel and lean over the steaming water, trapping the steam inside the towel so the steam can work its magic!


Try to be about a foot above from the steaming water — you should be far enough away that there is no discomfort, but close enough that you feel the heat of the steam. Steam your pores for about four to six minutes.


Once you have steamed your pores, simply wipe away the steam and scrub your face with one of our Blueberry Face Scrubs. Make sure to tone and moisturize when you are done!


Try to do this no more than twice a week, as too much heat can damage your skin.


What do you think of steaming your pores? Have you tried it before? Does it work for you? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!