The properties of the element also make it a great gentle exfoliant, which in turn means it can help you with other skin issues like eczema and rosacea, as Peredo mentions. How? ‘Or’ What? “It minimizes inflammation and kills bacteria,” she says. The exfoliating properties of sulfur also make it ideal for treating dandruff.
In other words, sulfur is really this girl if you are working for fair skin or to remedy visible irritation.
Why sulfur stink, although?
Before we go any further, let’s talk about the elephant – the very gassy elephant – in the room. Sulfur can sometimes stink like rotten eggs. It’s not a pleasant smell by any means, but if you’re using a sulfur-based skin care product, the stench doesn’t necessarily mean the product has gone bad.
“Although pure sulfur has no odor, its compounds do, like hydrogen sulfate,” explains Samita Ramanadham, a certified dermatologist from New Jersey. With this in mind, many brands are confident in formulating their products in such a way that they is not that stinking smell.
“However, most products contain other chemical ingredients to neutralize this odor. This may include the addition of sodium sulfacetamide or other scents,” says Ramanadham.
From La Cruz very popular pharmacy acne treatment is one of those products that has that pungent smell. However, the spot treatment which is otherwise quite popular not only because it’s inexpensive (around $ 13 for 5.5 fluid ounces), it also works well according to reviews (and this writer’s personal experience). Just take some ointment off a cotton swab, then gently apply it to any blemish, leaving it on for 10-20 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Even if you can’t stand the smell, there are, as Ramanadham says, some odorless options you can try.
What type of sulfur products should I use?
The type of sulfur products you use will of course depend on your skin’s needs. “If you’re looking for a preventative method to control sebum and rashes, a cleanser containing sulfur is always nice to have in your skincare rotation,” Yadav shares.
Before even using any product, make sure the sulfur content is concentrated enough to be truly effective. “In over-the-counter beauty products, you can find sulfur in concentrations ranging from 3% to 10%,” says Yadav. “Each skin has different needs, so it’s best to work with your dermatologist to find the right formula for you.” Ramanadham confirms that for acne treatments, concentrations of up to 10 percent are generally safe for up to eight weeks.