One of my friends and I were talking today about my acne. (or my lack of now) And we were talking about things that have worked and things that have not. He said he had never heard of using steam to treat acne break outs. So, I thought I would share my method (it works well for me) in case anyone else needs the help.
I get cystic acne, I am not sure if this works on acne vulgaris or pustular lesions because I have never tried it (I hardly ever get either).
When I start to see the lump that I see before the cyst makes it way to the surface, I start steaming my face. I put my face over my water boiler with the lid off (really irks my roommate) with a towel over my head. I hold my head there for 10 minutes, 3 times a day. This often (not always) keeps the cysts from giving me the huge, ugly scabs that they used to ALWAYS get. Most of the time, it seems to make them vanish.
After I steam, the area will leak a fluid for 10-15 minutes. I wipe it off with a tissue. My derm says to not touch it with my hands because my pores are open from the steam.
I know those with problem skin tend to have a harder time in Taiwan, so I hope this helps someone.