Steam your face with tea tree oil, this is why

Using tea tree oil on your face will give you healthier skin, steaming your face with tea tree oil will give you even healthier skin. Read more to see how

The benefits of steaming your face include better circulation and better absorption. The steam will give you supple dewy skin and will even help make your blackhead extraction process more effective. Adding tea tree to your steam will treat any pimples you may have and can even help to lighten dark marks.

Steaming the face has always been something that you could only do in a luxury spa, nowadays you can steam your face at home. The steaming process will help give you beautiful skin.

Adding an essential oil like tea tree will make your skin look so much better. This article explains why you should steam your face with tea tree oil

Note: Don’t confuse steaming your face with using a humidifier in your home. Yes, using a humidifier has a range of benefits for your skin but steaming and using a humidifier is not the same thing.

Steam your face with tea tree oil

Is steaming good for your face?

Yes, steaming is good for the face, steaming has a number of great benefits for the face such as:

Blackhead removal:

When you steam your face the hardened sebum which is clogging your pores begins to loosen up, this allows you to remove the sebum easier.

This will prevent you from getting blemishes such as whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.

This blackhead extracting set is well-loved and widely used.

I have a more in-depth article on how to clean out blackheads here. You can also use it overnight for better skin, read how here.

Better absorption:

When all the dirt, sebum, and external impurities are removed from your face this gives you a clean canvas of impurity-free skin.

This canvas allows any skincare product that you add afterwards to be absorbed well into the skin.

Products such as serums, acids, moisturizers will work better than before.

If you’re in need here are the best vitamin c serum, hyaluronic acid and moisturiser for amazing skin.


The steam helps improve circulation on the skin.

Circulation is naturally improved at night, but when you steam this act helps your skin with the process. As a result, your skin will look more radiant and glowing.

Dewy skin:

The hydration that the steam treatment gives you will keep your skin dewy and soft, in turn, your skin will look youthful, fresh and energized.

Is tea tree oil good for the face?

Tea tree oil is used in a variety of skincare products or as an oil in itself (this is a much-loved tea tree oil).

It has been used in skincare products for over a century and skincare brands are taking note of its benefits. Brands are using it in their products to help deal with skin ailments.

Tip: You should never use tea tree directly on the skin, it should be used with a carrier oil or used in water for a steam session. This is how tea tree oil is beneficial to the skin:

It gives a great cleanse:

Tea tree will cleanse your face by removing any external impurities such as pollution, dirt and dust from the skin.

You might still have traces of this on the skin after you use a cleanser, using tea tree oil will help get rid of anything left over.

Treats pimples, blemishes:

Tea tree oil works just as well as chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide.

The tea tree will help get rid of any spots, blemishes, whiteheads, blackheads or pimples on the skin.

It also has antimicrobial properties, these will help you get rid of the bacteria that cause pimples and acne.

Here is a more in-depth article on how you can use it as a spot treatment.

Helps deal with dry skin:

Oils have been used to help soften the skin and tea tree will do just that.

When the oil is applied on the skin (along with a carrier oil) it will make the skin smoother, supple and improve skin elasticity.

You can use facial steaming on a regular basis for soft supple skin.

Lightens scar tissue:

If you have any scars from acne or pimples you know how difficult they are to remove.

That’s if the pimples don’t leave a hole, that’s a whole different article. the dark scars can be improved and completely removed by using raw honey, which is a natural humectant, and tea tree oil on the scar.

If used consistently the scars will fade away. At-home LED face masks also help lighten scar tissue. This article looks at the best at-home LED face mask for hyperpigmentation.

Can you apply tea tree oil directly to the skin?

This is one oil that you really shouldn’t be applying directly to the skin.

Tea tree oil always needs to be diluted with either a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil or you can dilute it in water if you plan on steaming your face.

If you apply the oil directly onto your skin undiluted you can wind up getting redness, and irritation as a result of the oil.

How to steam your face with tea tree oil?

  1. Before you touch your face you need to wash your hands to avoid transferring any bacteria from your face to your skin
  2. You need to wash your face. You can use a face wash, face cleanser, facial foam or if you desire you can use raw milk or an oil cleanser to cleanse your face. (These are my favourite face cleansers and oil cleaners)
  3. When your face is clean you can steam your face. You can use a facial steamer to do this or you can place your face over a bowl of hot water and place a towel over your head. You need to add drops of the tea tree oil to the water.
  4. Steam your face for 5-20 minutes.
  5. You can use a mask if you so desire, the mask will work very well right after the steam.
  6. Rinse your face off with cool or warm water. Don’t use hot water as this has negative effects on your face.
  7. Pat your face off and use a moisturiser

Steam your face with tea tree oil

Do I wash my face after steaming?

Yes, you should wash your face before the steam. This will remove any surface-level dirt from your face.

When you steam the steam will remove any of the impurities that the face wash, face cleanser or facial foam could not remove. It will also help to unclog your pores.

This facial steamer is well-loved and widely used.

How long should you steam your face before extraction

Your skin needs to be soft and supple so that the extraction process goes smooth and effectively.

You need to steam your face for 10 minutes for it to soften up. The skin will cool 10-15 after the steam softens the skin up, make sure to steam your face again to continue the extraction.  

This extraction tool set is well-loved and widely used.

How do you close your pores after steaming?

It is very impotent to close your pores after you steam your face. When you steam your face the pores expand making them look bigger and open.

If the pore looks very large and you want to shrink it down you need to apply a cold compress to close it up.

You can rinse your face with a cool water or soak a clean washcloth in water and dab it onto your skin. This will cool you off and make the pore look smaller.

This cold compress facial mask is well-loved and widely used.

What to do after steaming?

It depends on how much time you have after steaming your face.

Your freshly steamed face will be more receptive to any face masks and other products you may want to use.

This is because the steams opens your pores and makes them a great location for your products to enter and work.

Face masks: Face masks contain a plethora of beneficial ingredients, when the skin on your pores are open the face mask can really get in there and do its job properly.

Moisturiser: Your moisturiser will sink deep into your skin after a steam session.

You can choose to use a face mask before this or use a moisturiser right after toning your skin after the steam.

Using a good moisturiser after steaming will ensure the moisturiser can work at its optimum level.

Homemade face mask after steaming

After you’ve steamed your face your skin should be supple and soft, your pores should be open and ready for you to remove any remaining gunk that may still be in there.

Here a couple of masks you can use which will help get rid of any leftover sebum, dirt and debris that may be in your pores.

Peel of masks are generally good to use after a steam session. These types of masks get into your pores and remove any sebum, debris or dirt.

When you remove the mask anything stuck in the pores gets removed with it and the result is clean clog-free pore

Steam your face with tea tree oil

Honey and raw milk:

Honey is called liquid gold for a reason, when applied onto the skin your skin becomes brighter, smoother and more nourished.

Milk contains lactic acid which gently removes dead skin cells from the face. When used together this combination gives you more radiant skin.

Use a spoon of honey and a spoon of raw milk for this mixture. Mix it up and apply it to your face. This mask will begin to harden in 10/15 minutes when it gets hard gently peel it off.

Manuka honey is excellent in face masks, this is favorite

Gelatine and milk:

Gelatin is a great ingredient to use in masks as it helps the mask stay together. In addition, it contains collagen which makes your skin look younger and more supple.

Mix one spoon of milk and one spoon of gelatin to create your mask. After mixing warm it up in the microwave for about 5-10seconds.

When it’s warm apply the mask on your face. This mask will take around 10 minutes to dry, once dry peel it off.

Egg white and lemon juice

Egg whites are a natural astringent, this makes this ingredient great at toning the skin giving you tighter pores preventing dirt, debris and sebum from collecting in your pores.

Lemon juice gives you brighter and more glowing skin. Together this mask will make your skin look flawless

Mix one egg white and a tablespoon of lemon juice to create your mask. Apply on your freshly seamed face but make sure to avoid your eyebrows and eyes. Let it dry for 10 minutes and peel off.

Cinnamon and honey:

Not only is honey great at brightening and smoothing your skin, but it also has antibacterial properties which will keep acne at bay.

Cinnamon is another ingredient that can be used in foods and on the face as it has great antibacterial properties.

When mixed and applied to the face they make a great acne-fighting pair.

Use 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder to 3 tablespoons of honey and mix to create a paste.

If necessary you can add more honey if you desire a more liquid mask. Apply it onto your face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash the mask off of your face and use a toner.

Tip: After the mask, you can use a toner to prep your skin for your moisturiser. Then use a good moisturiser on your face to top off your steaming/facial session.

What should I put on my face after steaming?

When you steam your face you run the risk of drying your face out, this is because heat from the steam can cause water to evaporate from your skin.

To avoid your skin from drying out you need to replenish the hydration and moisture on your face.

After you steam your face you will need to use a moisturiser that is non-comonedegnic, this means it won’t clog your pores (this is a great moisturiser to use).

Your face moisturiser will also need to contain an emollient which will lock in the moisture. Humectants are different from emollients. Alternatively, you can use an oil to lock in the moisture.

Is it bad to steam your face every day?

You should not steam your face every day. This is a treatment that you can do occasionally not every day.

If you overdo it you could be overstimulating your face. The face can also get used to it and the effects won’t be as good if you overdo it.

I don’t recommend you steam your face more than once a week. If you steam your face more often than necessary you can wind up causing more breakouts.

If necessary, you can steam your face around twice a week if your face can handle it. This is only if your pores are particularly clogged up.


  • If you have sensitive skin or suffer from any skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea or any type of skin infection then you should only steam your face for a few minutes at a time. If you are too aggressive with the steaming you can wind up irritating the skin.
  • When you steam your face at home make sure that you don’t put your face too close to the steam. If you do then you run the risk of burning your skin.

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