Facial Steam

A facial steam is an excellent treatment for acne because it opens and clears pores and increases circulation by bringing infected pores to a head. It is important not to use boiling-hot water since it could burn the skin.  Also, your head should be at least 8 inches away from the water level.

When and how long?  15 to 20 min will suffice for each steam.  You can repeat treatment 2 or 3 times a week.


4 to 6 cups of hot water

1 drop of Bergamot essential oil

2 drops of Lemon essential oil

A bowl

A towel

You can also use calendula, peppermint or lemon balm herb, fresh or dried in addition to the essential oils for their healing and antiseptic benefits.

Pour the hot water into a ceramic or glass bowl.  Add the essential oils.  Drape the towel over the head, bending over the bowl at least 8 inches away from the water level.  Keep the eyes closed during the steam treatment for 15 or 20min or until the water has cooled.  Gently pat the face with the towel to dry.  Follow with the facial toner below or a floral facial spray to close the pores and balance the skin’s pH.

Have fun and let me know how it went!

Yamin Chehin L.Ac