So, steam facials… who hasn’t tried one?
We all did. I remember, as a teen, reading in my fave mags how steam was this awesome thing that opened up the pores and made it easier to remove all the crap that accumulates in them. And, lots of crap does accumulate in there, especially when we’re teens.
Remember those pimples we always used to get before that all important first date with our first crush, or the day before the yearly class photo would be taken? And that, if you weren’t cursed with acne. No wonder we were willing to try anything to get rid of them.
And boiling a pot of water, covering our heads with a towel, and placing our faces above said pot didn’t seem particularly weird. Not that it was something we would do in front of another human being (the horror!), but it wasn’t one of the weirdest things we tried in the name of beauty – like, you know, putting toothpaste on a pimple.
Did it work? I never could tell. It seemed to do some good, but whether it was the placebo effect or not, who could say? Well, I couldn’t then, but I can now. At least, now I know how to look up scientific studies to find an answer. So, what does the science says?