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    Old 11-19-2004, 11:03 AM   #1
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    Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    I've heard saunas are good for spots so thought i'd check on here.

    Any help appreciated.

     
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    Old 11-19-2004, 03:05 PM   #2
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    I hear it helps bring blood flow to the face, ...for me, it helps me look more refreshed..

     
    Old 11-20-2004, 11:22 AM   #3
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    Acne is deep below the surface. Steaming feels good but does nothing for acne.

     
    Old 11-20-2004, 04:05 PM   #4
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    I've found that steaming (either in baths or in steamrooms) can help acne a little bit by thoroughly opening pores and allowing your skin to breathe. However, I don't recommend going so far that your face is 'pulsing' with heat so to speak, as I think it risks irritating your face.

    Remember, it's always a good idea to wash your face with cold water immediately following steaming, so as to close those pores after the job's done.

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    Old 11-20-2004, 04:08 PM   #5
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    Its a myth that cold water closes the pores. Cold water opens the pores, be cause it shrinks the surrounding skin tissue allowing the pore to open.

     
    Old 11-20-2004, 11:12 PM   #6
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    Steam does help to open the pores, and if you clean your face right after you can really clean out your pores good.

    "openseason", could you explain your reasoning a little bit more. I have read that cold water does open your pores, but I donít completely understand your reasoning. If it shrinks the surrounding skin tissue how does it open the pore?

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    Old 11-21-2004, 11:51 AM   #7
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    Look at a cross section of the skin with an oil gland. The oil tube is surrounded by skin tissue and the oil follicle passes through this skin tissue to the surface of the skin. Now if you heat up anything it will expand. The expanded skin will press onto the sides of the oil follicle and try to close it, like pressing on a paper tube.

     
    Old 11-21-2004, 04:20 PM   #8
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    I think saunas and steam baths work best when you have a clean face to begin with. If you have make-up or sweat already on your face, when your pores open, I'd imagine it would make it worse. Washing your face after is necessary to get the additional sweat off.

     
    Old 11-21-2004, 04:47 PM   #9
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    And this is only my opinion, but I think saunas only help to clear pimples if its caused by surface dirt - being that saunas open the pores and makes you sweat which clears out the pore.

    But, pimples are mainly caused by sloppy sloughing of the skins surface, infection of the pore and overproduction of oil. So, for these things I don't think saunas would help at all.

    But, if your pimples are caused by stress and a daily sauna helps you relax then may it'll help!!

     
    Old 11-21-2004, 07:16 PM   #10
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by openseason
    Acne is deep below the surface. Steaming feels good but does nothing for acne.
    Not always it depends what kind of acne you have

     
    Old 11-22-2004, 03:59 AM   #11
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    I highly recommend against exposing your face to intense heat. I usually have little to no active acne, but only now I am having what to me is a huge breakout. I'm convinced it was because on both Sat and Sun this weekend, I had these very hot spas which caused my face to 'beat' with heat. I had previously expressed my view that intense steaming does cause acne and now I feel further persuaded, as it's too coincidental that I suddenly have a total breakout. I should have taken my own advice but it wasn't deliberate. Nothing else in my regimen I'm aware of has changed other than this hot spa so I blame the spa.

    I also forgot how paralysing acne can be. It's only when you get a bad breakout when you really realise how debilitating acne is. I used to have FAR worse breakouts than I'm having now, but now that I'm used to acne free skin on the whole, I was practically a state of panic thinking "WHat the hell am I going to do. i have a client meeting tomorrow and a presentation on thursday and i'm already really stressed out with my general workloads." I don't have the time or energy to deal with this nightmare that is acne.

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    Old 11-22-2004, 04:23 AM   #12
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    Re: Do saunas and/or steam rooms help achieve clear skin?

    veggie girl acne actually starts deep down in the follicle. Thats where thousands of skin cells buch together and clog the oil follicle. Mild acne may happen on the surface but cystic acne is way deep down.

     
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