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    Old 03-19-2004, 02:43 PM   #1
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    Anyone Had Success With Steaming?

    I read that Steaming is a good way to open up your pores and i was thinking of trying it

    I'm on Retin-A Gel 0.01% every night, I use Neutrogena Daily foam wash day and night and also Vitamin E cream every morning, With using all those where can I find the time to Steam?

    Can I steam and still use trhe products, what's the best method of steaming

    I have bad acne and scars, has anyone got any suggestions, please I don't know what to do, my acne is really getting me down to the point i don't like going on

    Any help would be so so appreciated....Thanks

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    Old 03-19-2004, 02:59 PM   #2
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    Re: Anyone Had Success With Steaming?

    Nope. Tried it and it actually dehydrated my skin, making my acne worse.

    Old 03-19-2004, 04:24 PM   #3
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    Re: Anyone Had Success With Steaming?

    Steaming won't prevent your acne from attacking, it won't get rid of red marks and won't improve scars. But what it will do is, as you have already said, open up your pores. Now this is useful if you need to temporarily clear out any whiteheads or blackheads that are appearing. It will make it much easier to squeeze them out as soon as you have finished steaming but within a few days time they will be right back. It is a reasonably good short term fix for blocked pores.

    I used to think steaming worked but I have come to the conclusion that after many years of doing it that it really doesn't do anything with getting totally rid of my acne. It may slightly increase the healing period of my skin and improve the texture to a certain extent but I must admit not by much unfortunately.

    Basically steaming does the same thing as having a very long, hot bath/shower or doing extensive exercise. However, in my opinion, the exercise option is the best choice out of the three. Not only does it improve your all round health, it will make your skin naturally sweat from the inside as opposed to the steaming method which will cause your skin to artificially trigger sweating as a result of an external factor i.e. the steam. Naturally sweating is very good and will remove as many toxins as possible. But over doing the steaming can lead to dehydration while doing alot of exercise shouldn't really dry out your skin. Plus exercising will burn off all those nasty carbs that we inundate our bodies with which is extremely good.

    Anyway (sorry for all that) if you do want to steam, I suggest not to do it more than once every two days so as not to induce any dehyrdation but that's unlikely (don't worry) if you don't over do it. Just boil some water, as soon as it is finished boiling it remove it from the heat and place your head over the steam. Cover your head with a towel making sure none of the steam gets out and sit there for about 10-15mins. After this time has elapsed, wash your face with some normal-cold water then dry. And finally have a few glasses of water to replenish your lost fluids.

    Oh and steaming (if you don't wanna exercise) is very good if you have drunk alot of alcohol. It will help your body sweat out all the toxins and help the kidneys and the liver to do their jobs without as much effort. Hope this helps...

    Old 03-19-2004, 05:02 PM   #4
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    wait sweat actually clears out pores?

    I was always under the impression that sweat was bad for your skin.

    Old 03-19-2004, 08:21 PM   #5
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    Re: Anyone Had Success With Steaming?

    I steam my face 2-3 times a week and add tea tree oil after steaming for 10-15 minutes. I have not a single pimple on my face and use to get the occasional breakout or pimples on forehead. It works for me, so I would give it a try.

    Old 03-19-2004, 08:29 PM   #6
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    Re: Anyone Had Success With Steaming?

    So, what do you guys actually recommend as a good (cheap) way to prevent/clear acne from appearing on your face?

    Old 03-20-2004, 12:16 AM   #7
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    Re: Anyone Had Success With Steaming?

    Originally Posted by #2.StunnA.
    So, what do you guys actually recommend as a good (cheap) way to prevent/clear acne from appearing on your face?
    I was actually starting to see improvement on my face on Monday... But then my cousin recommended that I try steaming my face to clean my pores.. I did it, and I think it made the situation worse.

    On her, it made her skin beautiful... So I don't know? It works different for everyone...

    For right now I think I'll just stick to exercising... That seemed to work.

    Old 03-20-2004, 05:55 AM   #8
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    Re: Anyone Had Success With Steaming?

    Originally Posted by #2.StunnA.
    So, what do you guys actually recommend as a good (cheap) way to prevent/clear acne from appearing on your face?
    That is the $64,000 question!

    Well to tell you the truth there really is nothing that will prevent acne without harming you with side-effects. It's unfortunately the depressing fact that I am slowly starting to accept.

    Over the counter products are useless and at best are only temporary fixes, antibiotics are damaging to the body's own health and have several other side-effects, laser treatment is reasonably new and only improves skin, it will never prevent acne completely.

    Adapting a healthy diet/acne healthy diet has limited chances of success and living in a developed/western country makes it much harder to do. Many products do not list total ingredients on their labels so you never know exactly what you are eating.

    Sunlight/ U.V. light WILL totally clear you skin but to prevent the acne from coming back, you need CONSTANT exposure. And we all know the side-effects to this: skin cancer. Other forms of light treatments have been introduced (using blue, red, green lights) and which I am currently trialling with very limited to no success.

    Steaming will help decrease you whitehead/blackhead break outs but it won't get rid/prevent acne or blemishes from appearing. Chinese natural medicines have a limited success rate too and once again this treatment is a reactive measure rather than a proactive measure.

    People will say there is a cure to acne and will try to market it but every dermatologist/specialist I have spoken to has had to admit that there really is no cure. And anyway drug companies refuse to develop a cure because of course they benefit so much from the revenues of these products or treatments I have listed above. These treatments will keep making you go back to them to buy their products. It is the same with shampoo and dandruff. Head & Shoulders doesn't work or has limited success. Almost all the anti-dandruff shampoos are reactive measures and cause you to continue to purchase their products.

    There are several different forms of acne and we are all different. Some people do have success with these treatments but on the whole I would say most don't. Just count how many treatments you have tried. Why have you tried so many? Because none of them have worked and you are still looking for that 'magic' treatment that we all thinking is hidden somewhere or something we never expected.

    I am bascially so fed up with my acne and all the various 'poisons' I have tried to use to treat it has made me realise that probably the best way to go about dealing with this problem is to give my body a break. In the long term, my body will be healthier, stronger, less-fatigue prone and my skin's problem with acne will be reduced due to time.

    I apologise if this post is abrupt but it is just my conclusion after 10 years of trying to deal with this awful problem. I'm sure many of you have experienced success with the treatments I have outlined above but within time, it is my belief that acne will always return.

    P.S. my advise on how to best deal/treat acne would be to use natural measures such as exercising, adopting a better lifestyle i.e. healthier diet, small amount of sun exposure everyday and plants such as Aloe Vera.

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    Re: Anyone Had Success With Steaming?

    I think that steaming is really helpful for my skin. Well, I have oily skin with lots of blackheads, and yes, clogged pores. That's why I steam my face at least 3 times a week because it helps to open up your pores, and that's when you get to wash out all the impurities, otherwise they will be built up with dead skin cells and cause acne. I used to have lots acne in the past, but now my skin is getting a whole lot better. Well, to prevent more acne from coming back, I work out because when you sweat, all the toxins are leaving your body. I use the sauna at the gym, and so everytime I come out, I literally see all the clogged stuff coming out, and my skin feels much better. I do not use lots of topicals because they are harsh for your skin, they end up irritating your skin instea,d and therefore more breakouts. So I would definitely recommend steaming. It does not help your acne right away, but it's something that you should do regularly to keep your acne in check. Like I said my skin is getting much better, but I am afraid that lot of acne will come back like it did in the past. So I just have to be very perseverent about it and keep trying to keep my skin as clean as possible, without overcleaning of course.

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