When you consider all of the potential skin care ingredients that you’d be willing to apply to your face, Sulphur probably isn’t at the top of the list. However, this powerful natural mineral has been used for centuries to combat an array of skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema, so we think it’s time you got to know Sulphur a bit better…
What is Sulphur?
Simply put, Sulphur is a natural element which is an essential component for living cells. It’s commonly found in minerals, rocks and is essential for plant growth but it can also be found throughout our body in amino acids, vitamins and in our skin and hair. Sulphur has been used throughout history because of its medical purposes and now, it can be found in a variety of different skincare products that can easily fit into your routine.
How can I benefit from it?
Sulphur based-products tend to work best for mild-to-moderate cases of acne where whiteheads, blackheads and cysts are common. It has similar effects to Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide but the skin tends to tolerate Sulphur better so you shouldn’t experience any irritation and discomfort.
Sulphur can be applied directly onto pimples and blemishes to dry them out as it reduces excess sebum at the skin’s surface. Alongside this, its antibacterial properties can fight bacteria, fungi and various parasites to further prevent any nasty breakouts.
It also promotes exfoliation and sloughs away dead skin and impurities thanks to its keratolytic abilities, meaning it works to soften the epidermis, which helps to remove dead skin cells and prevents clogged pores.
Because Sulphur is an anti-inflammatory and can soften the skin, it also effectively soothes the redness and inflammation associated with angry breakouts, plus it can even soothe the effects of conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea and eczema.
Where can I fit it into my routine?
If we’ve convinced you to get your hands on a Sulphur-infused product, why not try adding a new mask to your routine so that you can experience its multi-tasking benefits. We’re big fans of Dermalogica’s Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask which decongests the skin and clears out the pores, reducing blackheads in a matter of minutes. It features our star ingredient Sulphur as well as Kaolin Clay which work together to leave the complex fresh and clear every time.
Another top pick for us is the SKINCITY skincare Balancing Sulphur Mask which can be used all over the face or applied as a targeted treatment to breakouts to calm and reduce their severity. This product is ideal for oily and acne-prone skins as it absorbs excess sebum at the surface and removes any in-pore congestion, leaving the skin matte with reduced inflammation.
If you want a more specific spot treatment, then try the Purifying Spot Gel from Epionce which can be applied directly onto pimples and deep-rooted cysts to not only minimise their size and severity but to also prevent the development of pigmentation and scarring. This powerful treatment also promises to prevent the formation of new spots and will reduce the number of breakouts with continued use.