I get asked so many times should I steam my face at home? My answer is "No, it would be like you trying to remove the tartar from your teeth at home".
Professionally trained facialists use steam to soften the pores or enhance the effectiveness of beauty products so that they work even better on deep cleansing the skin. At the same time, steam or any kind of heat on a regular basis is not good for your skin. Dr. Zein Obagi would go as far as to tell you to stay away from the heat blast of the oven when baking or the heat blast that comes from you car when you first open the door on a hot day! In additon to avoiding hot showers. It's not just the sun that may cause damage, heat causes discoloration and accelerates skin damage. Any kind of heat source may be damaging to the skin overall. So, leave the steaming to the experts who know why, when and how to use it!