The Truth About Steaming Your Pores

The size of your pores are genetic, and when sebum gets trapped in pores, they look even more pronounced. It is known that the steam helps open pores and a splash of cold water helps to close them. But, is that true?
Emmy Graber, dermatologist president of the Dermatology Institute of Boston, indicates "Pores don't open and close, it's not a muscle that can contract."
So then, why would facialists take time applying steam to your skin a few minutes before extractions? Steam, alone, can't clean out pores. Instead, they use the heat to helps soften the top layer of skin, so by steaming and then exfoliating lightly; it may also help to clean buildup more easily. Steaming can help products penetrate better as well.