Happy Thursday! Oh, the weekend is almost here. 🙏🏼
Last two months, I was experiencing chin and cheek breakouts like a schoolgirl knee-deep in puberty.
I went through all my vitamins, thinking I was experiencing an allergic reaction, or was it my new skincare products that I am using. I was so perplexed that I came up with the idea of jumping into a sauna as I thought this could be the secret weapon to end it. My gut was correct.
After some research, I discovered that adding heat to your outbreak causes them to open. The pores on your face, which are usually tightly shut, will open, and the dirt, bacteria, toxins, or just sebum will be exposed. As your face heats up, this sebum becomes soft and more liquid-like. Along with sweat, it pours from your pores and unclogs them. Any dirt or bacteria lingering in there that’s creating a spot (usually a blackhead) will be pushed out.
As for whiteheads, the added heat from the sauna and expansion of sebum can cause them to pop – or make them easier to pop. If that does happen, following the steps below to care for your skin and keep your pores clean is especially essential to prevent further infection.
Wash your face with clean water. You don’t need to use a unique cleanser unless you have one already. This pre-wash is to remove any sweat or makeup on your face before you enter the sauna. If it’s not washed off, it can back-clog your pores and stop them from opening and sweating out.
Stay in the sauna for 15 minutes max. My sauna was not hot enough, so I stayed for 30 minutes at 133 degrees.
Leave the sauna and immediately rinse your face to get rid of the sweat and dirt that you’ve expelled while your pores are still open. Make sure your body cools down (a cold shower does the trick)
Finally, don’t forget to rehydrate your body and skin by drinking plenty of water and moisturizing where needed.
After 4 days of continuous use of the sauna, my skin cleared up.
Remember to talk with your doctor or dermatologist if you have severe acne or sensitive skin before jumping in the sauna.
Depending on the type of acne you have, this might be the perfect treatment.
Sending chillaxing weekend vibes! 💋
Feature photo credit: turkishbath.com