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steam? new regimen? food?

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My acne got even worse lately wen I was home for a month during break. Now I can't get rid of it. I bought a face steamer and I was thinking of using it once or twice a day to open up my pores and see if that helps. Does anyone know how much steam really helps? or if i should do it before or after i wash my face?

Also I think I'm ready to try a totally new regimen. Does anyone have any good ones to try?

I'm trying to eat so good also. I've always been a healthy eater but I want to be even MORE healthy. I know fruits veggies and water are important but does anyone else know foods that are supposed to be good for acne?

I look so terrible right now :( please help, i appreciate it.

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Sorry to hear that your skin has gotten worse recently. I doubt steam will help your acne very much. Pores don't really "open" or "close" - its kind of a misconception people have about pores. Steam does help soften your skin and it can make it easier to extract blackheads and whiteheads (which is why facialists sometimes steam your skin before they do extractions). Steaming by itself probably won't do much though. It can also lead to broken capillaries if the steam is hot.

What is your current regimen, or what have you tried using in the past to treat your acne?

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Hi, steaming your face is a very good way to open up yours pores. After you steam your face, you should apply a mask that is good for acne. The steaming actually helps the mask penetrate deeper. I like to use a clay mask that contains sulfur.

Drinking water is really the only diet change that I have noticed made a difference. My skin clears up more when I drink at least a gallon a day :|

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Again, steaming doesn't truly "open" your pores. It may soften your skin and make it easier for closed comedones or blackheads to be extracted - but that is becaus the skin has softened from the steam, not because the pores have been "opened". Steaming may aggravate inflamed acne by increasing swelling of lesions and make your skin redder. It may be something to try if you mostly just have blackheads and want to extract them. I wouldn't recommend if for more severe acne lesions (which I assume you have, since you are posting in the severe acne forum). As you can see from the doctor's comment below, the steam causes the skin to swell, making pores appear to be tighter, but it actually has no effect of opening the pores.

Steam can also damage the skin by causing "broken" blood vessels in the skin.

From Society Hill Dermatology.com:

There’s no magical process or product that will cause your pores to “open†and allow impurities to rise to the skin’s surface.

By the same token, splashing cold water on your face - or doing anything else for that matter - won’t cause the gates to slam shut on your pores.

Simply put, “pores are pretty stationary,†says Susan C. Taylor, M.D., a dermatologist in Philadelphia and author of Brown Skin: Dr. Susan Taylor’s Prescription for Flawless Skin, Hair, and Nails (Amistad, 2004).

What you’re doing when you steam your face is causing the blood vessels to dilate and the skin to swell slightly. Similarly, “astringents and toners slightly irritate the walls of the pores and make them swell, causing the pores to look smaller,†Baumann explains. But they haven’t actually changed in size.

Even in the best-case scenario, their diminished appearance won’t last for more than 24 hours.

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Eat a lot of nuts and seeds. They contain vitamin e, and omega 6. Then also eat oily fish to get omega 3. Eat anti-inflammatory foods.

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I'm trying to eat so good also. I've always been a healthy eater but I want to be even MORE healthy. I know fruits veggies and water are important but does anyone else know foods that are supposed to be good for acne?

Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense foods, which are good for you, period. And that means mostly fruits, veggies, fish, etc. Cut back on processed and/or sugary foods and drinks. But you also may need to determine if you have any food intolerances that might lead breakouts. Many healthy foods can be a problem for you. Dairy and gluten are the most common. But then there's eggs, citrus, nuts, nightshade plants, etc. And many people have difficulty digesting any grains or legumes. Don't eat anything you can't digest.

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