How to Use Aromatherapy Facial Steamers

by William Peterman ; Updated July 18, 2017

Glass bottles of essential oils for aromatherapy.

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The essential oils used in aromatherapy can alleviate stress, depression, anxiety and skin irritations. They also have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Facial steamers help open pores in your skin to improve circulation and remove toxins. Combining aromatherapy with a facial steamer can help soothe and relieve irritated skin while providing a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Prepare your face before using an aromatherapy facial steamer by cleaning your skin. Remove all traces of dirt and makeup to prevent your pores from clogging while you steam.

Place five to six drops of your favorite essential oil into the essential oil compartment of the facial steamer. If your steamer does not have a separate compartment, place the essential oil into the steamer’s water reservoir. Put one cup of distilled water into the water reservoir and turn on the facial steamer. It might take several minutes for your steamer to start emitting steam.

Set the temperature controls to your desired setting and wait for the steam to come out.

Place your face eight to 10 inches above the steamer and put a towel over your head to keep the steam in. The steam should be lukewarm to warm and not overly hot. If the steam is too hot, reduce the setting on the temperature control.

Steam your face for five to 10 minutes. Gently exfoliate and wash your skin after you finish steaming your face.


  • Use the following essential oils for dry skin: chamomile, rose water, comfrey, marshmallow root or lavender.

    For oily skin, try basil, rosemary or lavender.

    Use tea tree or eucalyptus oil for acne-prone skin.

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About the Author

William Peterman is a registered nurse with experience in mental health, surgery, urology, drug research and critical care. Peterman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and also has a Master of Business Administration. His articles on health and nutrition have appeared on various online publications.