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? âIt minimizes inflammation and kills bacteria,â 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.
âAlthough pure sulfur doesn’t smell, its compounds do, like hydrogen sulfate,â says Samita Ramanadham, a certified dermatologist based in 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.
âHowever, most products contain other chemical ingredients to neutralize this odor. This may include the addition of sodium sulfacetamide or other scents,â Ramanadham explains.
De La Cruz’s very popular drugstore acne treatment is one of those products that has that pungent smell. However, the one-off 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 apply it gently to any blemish, letting it sit 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. âIf 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,â Yadav shares.
Before even taking a product, make sure that the sulfur content is concentrated enough to be really effective. âIn over-the-counter beauty products, you can find sulfur in concentrations ranging from 3% to 10%,â 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.