Ingredient Guide- Sulfur

Today in our ingredient guide we will uncover another unusual ingredient found in skin care products and reveal exactly why it is so beloved among the beauty set.

Most of us are mostly familiar with sulfur due to the distinctive smell. However, sulfur has been long known for its health benefits; many previous generations sought out sulfur springs to bathe in for a range of medicinal purposes such as curing asthma and skin diseases. Fortunately, you can now find the many reparative and detoxifying attributes of sulfur in your skincare products (minus the infamous smell).

How it Works:

Sulfur works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, drying existing acne and bring pustules to the surface of skin, clearing everything underneath it. There are numerous topical sulfur acne treatment products available, from face masks to bedtime creams, and they have proved to be quite an effective method in reducing and even clearing large amounts of acne. When applied topically, sulfur causes the skin to dry and peel. Despite how this sounds, it is actually a good thing for your skin if you have acne. Sulfur helps reduce skin oiliness, and prevents pore blockages from forming.


Sulfur has several potential uses for skin health. Dermatologists sometimes recommend topical sulfur ointments for treating acne, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, eczema, and dandruff. You might also use sulfur topically to help treat warts, pityriasis versicolor or skin discoloration, hair-follicle infections and shingles. Sulfur appears to assist in shedding excessive skin and fighting bacteria on the skin. Regular use of this anti-acne powerhouse will clear your skin like no other.

Sulfur Today:

Sulfur is found in a wide array of skin care products, including soaps, cleansers, lotions, masks, and spot-treatments. Since sulfur products come in a wide variety of forms, always follow the usage directions on the package. Pay particular attention to the instructions for masks, lotions, and spot treatments. Some can be left on all day, or overnight. Others must be rinsed off after just a few minutes. This can vary from mask to mask, and cream to cream. Always double check the usage directions to avoid any problems. At most, sulfur products should be used one to three times daily.

Tips for Using Sulfur:

  • If your skin is chapped, sunburned, or already irritated, wait until it has healed before using sulfur products.
  • Steer clear of drying soaps and abrasive scrubs. They can over-dry the skin and make your sulfur products sting when applied.
  • If you are currently using a prescription acne treatment (such as BenzamycinDifferin, or Accutane) talk to your doctor before using sulfur products. Adding sulfur to your current acne treatment routine can cause major irritation.

BasharaCare recommends the following products:

Clarifying Mask by Murad

Draws out impurities and absorbs excess oil to control and prevent breakouts. Reduces severity of acne. Delivers powerful acne medication.

Aloe Based Acne cleanser by Lexli

Lexli’s Aloe-Based Acne Cleanser is designed to remove excess oil, sticky cells, and impurities that clog pores and hair follicles – a breeding ground for bacteria and one of the direct causes of acne.

Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask by Dr. Dennis Gross

A dermatologist formulated mask that clarifies the skin by absorbing excess oil and acne-causing bacteria. The advanced “time absorbent” formula works especially well when worn overnight. Pores will appear reduced, blackheads will be minimized, and overall clarity will be enhanced.


Injeel Firoz

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