Steam Bath Benefits | Guide to Steam Bath Advantages & Disadvantages

Steam Bath Benefits and Disadvantages

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Today, it has indeed become mandatory for every individual whether man or woman to work hard to earn their bread and butter and to survive in this fast-paced competitive world.

Busy schedules and stressful lifestyle calls for the demand of various relaxation techniques such as laughing clubs, meditation centers, massage centers, salons, spas, etc.

Steam Bath Benefits

This is because almost every health club has a facility that is accessible to all its members. So, then what are you waiting for? Go on, use the facility, relax and rejuvenate yourself and take advantage of a steam bath.

This bath has gained a lot of popularity lately, not only among the ladies but also the men as they have access to it in fitness centers, sports clubs, steam baths in the gym, salons, and spas, etc. But, it isn’t a new form of relaxation. It has been in practice for ages, especially popular among ancient Romans.

Is Steam Bath Good? Here are the top-most steam bath benefits.

  1. The most common benefit of a steam bath is relaxation. It gives a soothing effect to your body and mind, thereby reducing stress levels and tension.
  2. It also provides your muscle the best form of relief, especially near the joints. When joints and muscles are relaxed, you have fewer chances of encountering conditions like arthritis and other joint pains.
  3. You surely must have experienced sweating while taking this bath. The cumulative effect of sweating results in a 30% reduction of toxins in your body. It is an effortless and practical way to detox and with a greater degree of effectiveness. Not even detoxifying foods can rival the benefit of this bath in this regard.
  4. This increases the temperature of your body temporarily. This phenomenon is known as hyperthermia.
  5. In a controlled setting, this favors you by killing harmful micro-organisms that might have invaded your body when you go out or perform routine activities. If not killed, organisms will at least be weakened, making them available to your immune system to fight them. Thus, it helps your immunity.
  6. This regulates and stimulates the flow of blood and boosts your metabolism. Thus, it also aids in steam bath weight loss.
  7. It helps you generate heat from your body. This in turn increases the blood circulation to your skin and thereby helps in skin nourishment.
  8. The heat thus also generated helps you to get rid of the fat deposited under the skin. For people with oily skin, it is an added benefit, because it reduces the chances of developing acne that is caused due to fat in the sebaceous glands.
  9. Steam bath benefits for skin: Post having this bath; your skin looks significantly radiant and healthier. The skin gets sufficiently hydrated which improves its elasticity and gives a youthful look. Detoxification also helps in making your skin glow.

All good uses and benefits of steam bath bring along with them certain undesirable aspects too. Similarly, there are certain disadvantages of the bath too. Let’s check out them.

Steam Bath

Disadvantages Of Steam Bath

  1. If the water is too hard, certain impurities, such as chlorine, and other chemicals if any, may be absorbed by your skin that may not be healthy to your body.
  2. Improper installation and portable steam baths may sometimes cause headaches to the user.
  3. The heat emitted from the steam room may not be suitable for those who have asthma and heart problems.
  4. Installing this is a little expensive affair.

To Conclude

Comparatively, if you see, steam bath advantages overlook its minor disadvantages. You can surely relax and rejuvenate yourself once every ten days by opting out for a steam bath procedure.

I am sure after learning all the benefits of this procedure; you are surely not going to miss a chance to take it. Make full-fledged use of this wonderful facility provided by your health clubs and centers or salons and spas.

Do our readers think it is a must for every individual to take this bath? Let us know in the comments section below. So from now, which will be your preferred form of relaxation? Let us know in the comments below!

215 thoughts on “Steam Bath Benefits and Disadvantages

  1. PRASAD says:

    I have been taking a steam bath for the past one month. My skin looks smooth and clean when steam baths. There is a possibility that the sweat will come out of the body and reduce the pressure on the kidneys. Experiencing an increase in blood traffic. Body temperature is high. There has been no ill effects so far. I take steam baths four to five times a week. Fifteen to twenty minutes at a time.

  2. Veena says:

    Hi Mukta, please tell me can l take steam bath imedatly after swiming. After steaming I take cold bath ,is it safe.

  3. Barani says:

    Hello Mam i am using stream bath daily and after the bath i take shower in warm water immediately i wanted to know if i need to wait for 5 or 10 min and then take shower i understood that i should not take stream bath daily and from now onward will go only twice a week
    another question is that should we take bath before and after the stream bath i noticed if i take bath before and after then i am feeling lot tired where as if i take bath only after its better.

  4. Kishore says:

    I think disadvantages are less compared to advantages because I regularly go to gym and take steam bath weekly once , but recently more than 3 months I did not went to gym and not taking steam bath regularly, , but from last week I am regularly going to gym and also taking steam daily , and I observed no side effects, so talking steam bath daily is also good, if your body supports

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Kishore, I agree the steam bath is good but I will still advice that doing anything in excess can harm the body in a later stage. Hence I feel one should be taking it once or twice a week only.

  5. Manav says:

    Dear Mam,
    Nearly all content on internet suggests that you should take steam bath and cold shower alternatively as it goes according to the contrast therapy. But I think it is not healthy and may damage nerves as our grandparents advised us against the ill effects of sarad-garm.
    What actually is right?
    Do you have any link or website or proof that suggests that contrast therapy is dangerous?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Manav I will not say contrast therapy is good as well as cant comment it is dangerous , The simple thing is here it depends on person to person.When you are taking steam you body metabolism increases due to high temperature , when you are taking cold water bath again your body metabolism increases with low temperature and in both means you will achieve results towards weight loss or inch loss. But anything in excess is bad you can surely use contrast therapy once a week and it has no side effects

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Sandeep
      Taking steam regularly opens up the pores of your body resulting in acne and dryness in skin, Also taking steam on daily basis is not advisable as it can cause weakness in body.
      Steam Bath thrice a week is advisable and usually does not have any side effects.

  6. Vishwas Sarode says:

    Hi Mukta,
    my age is 64 & diabetic patient & has recently joined gym.After doing cardio for 1.5 hours I took steam first time in life for about 20 minutes with 3 times cold shower in between. I developed dry cough & sore throat & in spite of antibiotics & cough syrups it lasted for 15 + days.I am not sure but wondering as if is their any connection with steam-bath taken & my cough?? Have you come across such case?
    Can you pl. enlighten me & advise suitably?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      hI Vishwas You have taken steam which raised your body temperature and then you took shower with cold water which dropped your body temperature immediately I am not sure who has suggested you such thing but I will never advice you the same,You should take only 10 min of steam maximum and after that as well you should use warm water for bathing and not cold .You body immunity got compromised and hence you got cough .

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Akhilesh when you take steam you are opening the pores of your body and hence it might happen you develop acne and also dryness in skin,also taking steam on daily basis can cause weakness in body and hence i suggest taking 3 times a week maximum

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi amit once you do gymning your muscle get sore and then when you take steam bath they get relax your pores get open up and all toxin get removes

  7. Ruchir Dhingra says:

    Thank You Ma’am for guiding us with your knowledge. I would like to know that can steam bath help me get rid of tanning?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi ruchir yes steam bath does help in giving you a fairer and clearer skin and hence I feel you should surely try the same and for tanning you can also use Curd with a pinch of turmeric apply the paste on affected areas for 10 min and then wash with cold water, repeat 3 times a week

  8. Tarana says:

    Hi mukta…..superb article. I want to know if steam bath helps in curing fungal infections of skin. If yes, how many times a week is steam bath recommended and what should be duration of each session. Can neem oil on any other oil be applied before steam bath to cure the skin infection?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi tarana firstly thanks for liking the article yes there are benefits of steam bath in skin infection you can use 2 times a week and duration shall be 10 min each,you can apply neem seed oil before steam as it ill help in skin infections

  9. Siva says:

    Hi Mukta thanks for the blog and very helpful answers. I found most of the information I am lookiby for. 🙂

  10. Preet says:

    Hi Mam,
    I love your article and the way you clear all the doubts.Please let me know if I can leave my hair open during the bath and after how many minutes of steam bath I can take shower

  11. HARWINDER says:

    Mam , i want to know that portable steam is good for health . If you clear my view . i am very much thankful to you .

  12. Master says:

    Hi Mukta,

    I read your article and I must say its quite balanced (well done) Then I read responses to the comments and I surmise you have the credibility So its safe to ask you My question- I have been taking steam 15 mins twice a day back to back with 10 mins gap between them. The gym that I go to said its bad for My health…is that true ? I positive I read somewhere that its okay but now I am not sure,since you know more about this your opinion will help.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi master yes it can be bad for your health as you are cooling down your body and again moving to a warm temperature.By taking back to back steam.Also I advice maximum time for taking steam should be 10-15 min only as while taking stem bath all the pores of your body opens and your toxins are removed.It is always advisable to let your body cool down naturally after steam bath and cool down time will be 1-2 hrs and also after that again you should not bring your body to same state as it may cause stomach upset, boils and other harmful effects.
      I advice you to take steam for 15 min three times a week only

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Ahmed Both saunas and steam rooms provide essentially the same benefits. The high heat will open up your pores, cleansing the outer layers of skin. Overall, this heat will temporarily lower your pulse and your blood pressure while causing you to sweat out salts from your body.I would advice you to choose one of them which you feel is more suitable and not go for both in a day.

  13. sumit thakur says:

    hello dear

    i would like say that my age is about 24 years and my tummy is coming out. Do steam bath help me for this. One more thing my hands having very dark dull color in comparison of other body parts. Will steam bath help me in such condition. If there is any other solution please tell me in details or if there is any article for this. and also it usually happens in winters.

  14. Saikiran says:

    Hi mukta thanks for all the Wonderfull answers you have provided with. I am an asthma patient from my childhood. Can i take steam bath? Will it cause any negative effect my health?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi saikiran steam room often helps to ease your breathing and clear pathyway when you have asthma and hence it should be good for you but still i will suggest you initially go for a minute and check how you are feeling and then continue for 5 min and slowly 10 min

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Supreme
      Steam Bath thrice a week is advisable and usually does not have any side effects.
      If you feel weak after taking steam bath daily, then its an indication that you are overdoing it.

  15. Hassan says:

    Hi Mukta,
    Thanks very much for this very useful tips,
    I urinates more frequently after a steam bath,
    What could be the cause of this ?

  16. sharon says:

    Hiiii….the article above was really helpful but i just wanted to know if taking steam twice a week is advisable !! cause some are agreeing and some are not so i had a doubt….

  17. gauri says:

    I am 34 and I have 2 month old kid . After delivery pain in fully body specially in back and leg. Is steam bath is usefull to me.

  18. Anurag says:

    I am taking steam bath and then cold shower bath . I also have asthma .
    I am feeling tired and also breathing problem.
    Is it due to cold shower or steam bath?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi anurag it is due to cold shower steam is hot and it is raising your body temperature and by giving cold water you are decreasing the same and hence sudden change in body temperature is causing problems and hence I advice you to use warm water for bathing after steam bath

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hello Ritu sugar body scrub is used for body polishing and it should be used as scrub before massage and then you can wipe the same and take steam bath

      • Ronak k patel says:

        Hello mem , my self ronak patel. I m a patient and I have a liever problem.(soraicis). And lost of weigh lose in full body pain and trees also, doctor say to do a meditation and make your mind healthy because trees also damage organs . So r u suggest me a steem bath . I have my own portable steem bath. Please help me out.

  19. Nazneen A Hamza says:

    Hi Mukta,
    Wonderful article about steam bath… thank you so much.

    My husband is 45 years old and he’s diabetic, high bp as well… I’d just like to know can he go for steam bath…


    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Nazneen firstly thanks for your appreciation yes your husband can go for steam bath, 2 times a week and for 10 min maximum but then he should make sure he has eaten a good carbohydrate

  20. Lydia says:

    Hi….pls can stem bath take away spots, stretch marks, and dot white patches from the skin giving it a clean and glowing nature? If it can’t help, pls where can I go for skin washing?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Lydia steam bath do help the skin to remove impurities and surely you can try the same and also you can try sugar body scrub which helps to provide moisturiser to the body

  21. Smita A says:

    Hi mam, thank u so much for this information, it’s really very helpful..
    I want to ask you that what if anyone is using an air freshener liquid in steam? Do it affects on body? In my previous gym they used to put an air freshener liquid in steam..

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Smita
      Your most welcome and thank you for liking my article.
      There is no harm in using air freshener while being in steam room as the main purpose of using air freshener is because of its property of making any area of the room smell better.
      It usually does not having any side effects of the body

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Sauna
      They are many kinds of portable Therapeutic Steam Sauna Spa available in market which has its own benefits such as it increases blood circulation, reduces stress , energizes immune system and protect health.
      Portable Therapeutic steam sauna spa twice weekly is advisable / recommended.

  22. Alicia Acielo says:

    Hi! I’m using steam bath with water heater under the chair and I covered myself with blanket. .I’m just curious if am i correct if im doing it? The water heater has no controls to set it in high, medium and low…and also I won’t wear shirt except pants it OK to expose my body?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Alicia
      You are doing it right.
      I cant comment regarding the temperature of your water heater as i have no idea. Hence, I suggest you to check it with your technician.

  23. san says:

    hi mukta i m about to 38 years old i want to know does steam bath is help ful for skin lightneing cause my sister is very dull in colour and cant able to married yet.if it wii works kindly share me the no of sittings for a weak

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi San
      Yes, steam bath can help you for your concern and give glowing skin.
      Facial Steaming twice a week is advisable.

  24. Vidhya says:

    Hi mukta u said we can go for regular bath after steam bath, which means can I use soap for my regular bath or just a scrub will do . Pls tell me whether using soap immediately after steam bath will do any harm

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Vidhya
      you can take bath with bath salts or other skin care products that will moisturize your skin.
      you can take cold shower as your skin will become refreshed and you will actually feel lighter.
      Using soap immediately after steam bath will not harm you, you can wash yourself with soap and then use any moisturizing cream.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Prakash
      As far as i know steam bath has usually no negative effects on your skin.
      If you have eczema or sensitive skin, it’s best to avoid saunas and steam, as moist heat from a steam room draws water out of the skin, eczema i.e excessively dry, irritated skin can become worse.
      Sensitive skin can become irritated and can cause a rash caused by skin allergy or irritation and these may result in itching more intensely.
      If you have normal skin, limited exposure i. e 15 minutes can be beneficial to the skin
      If you have any skin disease, make sure to ask your dermatologist for advice.
      Meanwhile, you can follow the below tips:
      Wash off your skin with mild Ph. soap and pat dry after sweating or exercise.
      Take a cool shower or bath.
      Do get out of the heat.
      You can wear cool, breathable fabrics like cotton.
      Try to maintain comfortable temperatures with fans and air conditioning

  25. Anamika says:

    Hi Mukta

    Can u suggest Completely procedure what should be do Before and after taking Steam…So that can be give us more benefits of steams and what shouldn’t be do after and before taking steam so that would be harmful….

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Anamika
      Here are some tips to be followed during Steam Bath:
      1. Do not eat for an hour or two before entering a steam room as the heat of the steam could interfere with your digestion.
      2. Take a warm shower before steam bathing.
      3. Drink at least 1 glass of water prior using the steam room and continue drinking plenty of water during the session.
      4. Average steam room sessions last from 15 to 20 minutes. If you are a first time user, start slowly with only a few minutes, and then gradually build longer sessions.
      5. If you start feeling dizzy, nauseous, weak or uncomfortable for any other reason, exit the steam room immediately.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Anamika
      Steam baths are not appropriate for people with health conditions such as high blood pressure and respiratory problems. Apart from that, you need to be concerned with the potential for fluid and electrolyte losses. As long as you stay well-hydrated and eat a well-balanced diet, it should be OK. Drink water while you are in the steam bath.
      If you find you feel weak after your steam bath, that’s an indication you are over-doing it

      I personally feel our body is not supposed to go through the thermal shock every day and may be steam bath once in 2-3 days is okay.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Akhila
      when you sit in a room for steam bath, water is leaving your body through the pores in your skin. as we all know that water plays a significant role of body weight, losing enough water will cause you to lose a few pounds. steam bath is found to be very beneficial for natural weight loss.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      you can do both but its better you apply olive oil before taking steam as oil helps to create more sweat and sweat is necessary to clean the body. olive oil is more suitable for all types of skin, it promote a smooth and radiant complexion and it also maintains the elasticity of skin.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      In steam bath your skin temperature rises and your blood is flowing via your skin. your pulse rises to keep up your blood pressure. when you go to the cold water, your veins will suddenly contract and rise the blood pressure momentarily.As far as i know, it doesn’t give any medical health benefits.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Shuvajit I must say a very good question from your end, If we consider the comparison between the 2 for health benefits then I would say both are quite similar, but then Infrared sauna goes much deeper into the skin without causing open pores and skin problems which can be caused by traditional steam bath as it works on high temperature.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Laksh yes steam bath helps to remove toxins in the body and hence helps in skin nourishment, twice weekly will be more then enough

  26. Subhash says:

    Hi Mukta
    Thanks for reply.Though I have been taking steam bath twice a month and have not experienced any problems rather felt better always.Hence please tell me general precautions to be followed.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Subhash Sorry but then at this age I would advice you to check with your doctor before going in steam bath

  27. Mayur says:

    As summers are going, dese days we sweat alot, does body needs steam bath for detoxin or natural sweat is enough and which type of oil should be apply on skin before taking steam bath?

  28. Sadiyyy says:

    Hi…is it important to fully cover our body after taking steam bath nd if not it can cause water retension..

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Sadiyyy there is no science behind covering the body after steam bath otherwise there is water retention

  29. Raj says:

    Does sauna bath minimizes water retention in stomach and if yes, then how many times one should take sauna bath.

  30. Samuel says:

    Hi, Thanks for u’r kind information. And can i do steam bath for losing weight.? And can i do steam bath after my workout in the gym.? should i massage my body with oil before doing my steam bath.? can i do normal bath after doing my bath.?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi samuel yes you can do steam bath which will help you loose weight, yes you can do steam bath after workout in the gym, you just need to apply oil before going for steam.

  31. priyanka walke says:

    Ma’am i want 2 loose weight in few days and I have joined zoomba dance also….so how many times should I take steam bath so dat i can reduce my weight as soon as possible

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      HI priyanka please do try and understand the weight gain has not happen instantly and hence do not try to loose weight instantly anything in excess can harm your body, I would advice maximum 3 times a week not more then 10 min a day

  32. Dakshita says:

    Dear Mukta,

    I have a problem of acne on my biceps which probably pops up due to heat, waxing and anything warm. Also, I am suffering from migraine..Will steam bath suit me or not? If yes! What duration and time intervals of the same will you suggest for me?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Dakshita you can use steam bath but then only once a weak as it is summer season and steam bath open the pores of the skin

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Priyank No I do not agree with your friend as excess steaming can harm your skin and also create too much heat in the body.

  33. Prashant says:

    Hi Mukta,

    Thanx for all the above information about steam bath.

    I want to loose weight. So how many times should i take steam bath for a good weight loss?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Prashant you can use 3 times a week but then I will not advice you to only depend on steam bath for weight loss you need to follow good diet and exercise as well

  34. Aarti says:

    Hi , I am thyroid patient so have dry skin & dryness in hair too. So taking steambath without oiling body or hair is OK . also how frequently I should take the steam bath. If steam bath taken without pulling body & hair will make them more dry? Suggest

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Aarti yes steam bath if taken without putting oil on your body and hair can lead to further dryness of skin.You can take 2 times a weak steam bath

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Lauben steam bath can be taken only in a proper room with machine installed but yes facial steam you can always take at your home

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Michael there are no such effective studies to prove so, But yes anything in excess definitely can lead to reduction in sperm count

        • Mukta Agrawal says:

          Dear Ashutosh You are very right when you say that but yes there is an upper limit of temperature and the temperature used in steam bath is not that high to affect sperm health

  35. harry says:

    after workout i use a steam but i really like to daily steam bath i sew ur answer u don’t allow to daily steam but i want to daily steam bath any solution to use steam daily

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Sorry Harry but then I don’t allow to take steam bath daily it is not always necessary what you like is good.Anything in excess is not good.

  36. surendra Kumar says:

    I am facing atopic dermatitis problem since from 15 years, Is it which oil massage is best , after oil massage steam bath is good, how frequent we should take?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi surendra you can use steam bath 3 times a week for 15 min each time and you can use olive oil or tea tree oil for massage

  37. sarah says:

    hi, i want to loose my fat face and achieve a slim face. can steaming be a part of my requirement.? if so at what time is the steam should be taken, like during day time or even before going to bed ??? pls help

    • Muta Agrawal says:

      Hi sarah steam bath is basically useful to remove the toxins from the body and you are saying you only need for face and hence you can take the steam bath daily 2-3 times a week and timing can be any but for slimming of face even facial exercises and chewing gum will be helpful

  38. sanee says:

    Dear Mukta Agrawal,

    this is sanee i want to ask u that i got an injured before 1.5 year back so i have iron roods in my legs and steel plaits in my mouth may i use steam bath and sauna bath.
    and what is the standard temperature for use sauna and steam both.

  39. Harendra says:

    Hi Mukta,

    I am 25 Years old male, i am suffering from hair loss from past 2-3 years. Requested to help me out in order to make me aware about
    1- How many times is ideally good for taking Steam bath?
    2- Duration of Steam bath?
    3- Prevention to use before entering Steam Bath.
    4-Is taking steam bath is helpful in order to stop hair-fall / redeveloped of new Hair?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Harendra , Steam bath has no direct relation in stopping your hair fall or hair growth, it only helps to provide moisture to dry and brittle hair and hence if the hair fall is due to frizzy dry hair then yes it can be reduced.
      You can take once in a week for 10 minutes .There is no prevention but yes food should be consumed minimum 30 minutes and you should drink good water and go.You can apply oil to the hair.

  40. Jayesh says:

    Hi, ihave sever bronchial asthma & anckolizing spondalis should i go for steam bath a week or it is not helpful for me. If yes how many days time to be taken. Can apply oil on body before taking steam

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Jayesh steam bath should surely help you and you can use the same 2 times a week for 10 minutes at a time.Also oil application is good and specially wintergreen oil

  41. Bharat says:

    Hi Mukta,

    you cleared lots of questions in my mind.

    how does steam bath ( inhaling steam ) effects lungs and respirotary system.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Bharat in steam bath if you inhale steam you will not get any benefit in your lungs and respiratory system as such but then if you take direct steam it helps basically in clearing the congestion as you are aware that mucos gets secreted and occupy most of the space in respiratory tract and when you take steam mucos get a chance to flow and helps in clear lungs and respiratory system

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi Mayondhi for sinus and blocked nose you need a home steam and not the steam room.You need to boil water and cover you r head with town and take steam twice a day.Steam room will not help at all

  42. swathi says:

    Hi mukta…
    I can’t afford for a complete steam bath set up.can I use sauna steam bath? Is it safe? Can sauna be in used for kids?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Swathi no need to purchase any steam bath set up you can go with sauna steam and yes kids can use it but only for 1-2 min and once a weak

  43. Gous says:

    Hi Mukata,

    Which one is better for steam bath? Perfect steam room or rubber bag which is available in market for steam bath.

  44. anshul shah says:

    hi mukta, i got some severe sun burn on my hands and neck over the time, so can it be cured by steam baths? if yes please suggest some methods. and is it beneficial for hair?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi anshul,Yes steam bath does help in purifying the skin but then i cant say that it will reduce the sunburn completely.For sunburn you can use many other home remedies and sunscreen protection with srcub. For hair steam is good in term of opening of hair follicle but always apply oil on hair before entering the steam.

  45. Anil Agarwal says:

    I liked the article a lot. I had recently started gyming and was using the steam bath followed by cold water bath. I was not sure whether i should do it daily or biweekly etc. Going through the article and comments i am now clear. I just want to know how much time should i spend taking a steam bath 5 mins is fine or a longer duration, what is ideal.

    • Mukta agrawal says:

      Dear Anil Steam bath duration can go with Minimum 5 minutes to 15 minutes depending upon tolerency levels

  46. Ifeoma Igbasi Chuck says:

    If I want to get pregnant do I still Use Sauna & steam Room 2-3 times A week? Or Once A week?
    And Also if Am Pregnant should I use Sunan & Steam Room??? OR I Should Not Use it When Pregnant?
    Pls I Need you Reply Before I put my self in A Mess.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi,You can safely take steam bath when you planning to get pregnant it will not have any difficulty in conceiving.Till 3 months of pregnancy you can use steam bath once a week.later to that depending on your condition doctor will suggest.

      • Subhash says:

        Dear Mukta
        Thanks for reply. I have been taking steam bath twice a month and feel fresh and light.Pl list out general precautions for steam bath.It will be GB helpful.

  47. Thasul says:


    After steam bath can we go for bath directly ?

    We should have bath in cold water or hot water ?

    I heard that we should have in cold water what is true ?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Hi teasel,After steam bath you should give 10 minutes time for body to come in state of rest and then you should go for bath.It depends on the time you taking the steam accordingly type of water need to be chosen.If it is morning hour then cold water as it will help to keep you active.If evening then warm water as it will help you to relax and also promotes good night sleep.

  48. VIKAS JAIN says:

    i take steam bath twice in a wek in my gym. i am suffering from leukoderma since last two years it is like only 10 % in my body. i would like to ask you that steam bath is good for me or not. if it is good kindly tell me how many times i can take in a week. if it is not for me should i stop it !

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Vikas,

      I would like to say that having leukoderma has no relation with steam bath.Neither it will help cure it nor worsen the same.It will give you all the benefits which it gives to a normal skin person.You can take it 3 times a week without any problem.

  49. prakash says:

    hey Mukta I have a query. that I go to the gym every day. and after workout I usually take steam bath . because I read somewhere that we should take steam bath after high intense workout . so can you please tell me that it is good for my health or not ?

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Prakash

      Daily taking steam bath will open up your pores and there are high chances that you skin accumulates dirt and infection.I advice you to take 3 times a week.It is good but in excess anything can turn out to be bad

  50. sarika says:

    Hi I wanted to know how often can I take steam bath n also for how long.Thirdly wat r the precautions I shud follow while taking it

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Sarika,

      There are no such restrictions of taking steam bath,you can take it thrice a week and no precautions are required as such only that you should not be taking steam bath when you are too full.take it 30 minutes post meal.

    • Mukta agrawal says:

      Dear Vikas,

      There are no such disadvantages of taking steam bath.But if taken in excess it can open your skin pores and which can lead to skin problems.Also as it is summer season body does not require too much of heat to remove toxins and sweat.We naturally sweat this season.

  51. Abhishek says:

    Somehow, i always Become A LOTTT fairer after steam baths, and im worried that this might be a bad thing, please advice!

    Also, can i steam bathe on back to back days? Like, Monday, tuesday then saturday ( Maintaining three times a week)

    And should i be taking a bath after steam baths? Or before?
    And should i apply oil on hair and body before steam baths?

    • Mukta agrawal says:

      Dear Abhishek,

      It is quite natural to get fairer with steam bath as it remove toxins from your body.
      Taking steam bath back to back days are absolutely fine until and unless you maintain thrice a week.
      You should take the steam bath first and then your regular bath.
      Applying oil is just required so that skin pores does not get open easily and it prevents from skin complication.

  52. Poorna Chandra says:

    Hi… Today is the first day i had steam bath and i have plans to take it once in a week from now onwards….. but for the first time i felt head for the whole day…. may i know the reason for it…..? one of your reply said that, it may of poor quality of steam… is that is the only one or anything else…?

    • mukta agrawal says:

      Dear Poorna,

      Poor quality steam can be the reason second reason may be due to lack of energy in the body as it was the first time and summer season.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Gaurav

      You do not need to do anything as if you are using steam bath for only 3 times a weak and still you want to protect it then apply oil and then go for steaming

  53. Shalin says:

    Hello Mukta,

    Is there any truth to experiencing permanent hair loss due to frequent steam baths? (2-3 times in a week). Kindly suggest.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Shalini,

      If your hair is having a complete oily or dry skin then frequent steam bath can damage the follicles which can lead to hair fall.You should reduce the frequency of taking steam bath once in 10 days if you face the problem of scalp dryness especially.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Chaitali,

      Any good thing also when done in excess can damage your skin.Steam bath open the pores of your skin and hence there are high chances that your skin become sensitive.I would advice only 2-3 days per week.

  54. Lorraine says:

    Thanks for the info Akshata. Are home steam baths any different from the ones provided by health spas, gyms? The reason why I’m asking is because my favorite “me” time is soaking in the hot bath in the evenings at home everyday, something I always look forward to.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Lorraine,

      Steam bath if taken in a proper manner that is no water is used to take bath but just the hot steam touches all the parts of your body,there is no difference between the spa and home.But to create that atmosphere is not easy.If you have the same at home you are the lucky one.

  55. Deepak says:

    How often we can take a steam bath. Our gym provides us 2 sessions per week in the package, can we use more or less than this.

    • Mukta Agrawal says:

      Dear Deepak,
      Ideally a person should be taking steam bath for three times a week. But if you are doing it twice even that is very good.

  56. Vipul Verma says:

    What essentially should be applied on the body and hair before taking a steam bath.. Please provide an elaborated answer mukta

      • Avinab sengupta says:

        I am a fitness freak,m addicted to Gymming.I just love gymming.I cant live without gymming.My life is incomplete without regular gymming.I hit the gym every 5 days a week.I also take steam bath every 4 times/days a month.I maintain a detox and a balanced diet.I strictly avoid oily,salty,spicy,rich street food,junk food.I always remain stick to my homemade food items.I avoid smoking,alcohol.I avoid processed,packaged,MSG food.I eat and drink lots of fruits,homemade curd without sugar,boiled veggies,boiled chicken,fish,homemade veg,non veg soups,salads,sprouts,carrots,apples,tomatoes,green leafy vegetables,homemade sour curd,boiled veggies,lemon tea,boiled mixed veggies,almonds,nuts etc

        • Mukta Agrawal says:

          Hi Avinab I must say that you are really health conscious and will be a role model for all our friends who are trying to stay healthy,I am glad that you shared your routine with us

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