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For any of those who’ve dealt with the embarrassment, annoyance, and just pure frustration that is accompanied by the common, dreaded skin condition known as acne, then you’re not alone.
For mild and moderate cases of acne, a topical treatment is often prescribed. Unfortunately, dry skin, redness, and irritation can all be issues of concern, which can of course affect a person’s overall quality of life.
Yes, that’s right, sulfur!
Now I’m not sure exactly what you think of when you think of sulfur, but most people would associate it with rock formations or some sort of industrial solvent or compound.
While this may be true, what many people don’t often associate it with is a treatment for acne! May sound crazy, but in a little bit, this will all make sense.
Now you might be aware of some of the over-the-counter (OTC) remedies available for acne. One that you’ve probably heard of is benzoyl peroxide, which is often used for its antibacterial properties.
In doing this, it dries out the outermost layer of your skin (the epidermis). The excess accumulation of oil that is primarily responsible for acne is then absorbed by the sulfur, drying out dead skin cells, ultimately freeing up your pores.
Sulfur used for the purpose of treating acne is said to act as a keratolytic. This means that it has the ability to soften a protein called keratin found in the outermost layer of skin.
This increases the moisture-binding capacity of the skin, which can help treat dry skin; a symptom that’s often associated with acne. Excessive dry skin can lead to clogging of pores and eventually breakouts of acne.
So now we know that sulfur has the ability to dry out the skin, while simultaneously being able to absorb oil. Along with this, sulfur is very effective against a bacteria known as P. acnes, which is commonly found in blackheads and most types of acne in general.
This creates the perfect storm to attack the forms of acne known as whiteheads and blackheads. This is because these types of acne both are associated with skin pores or hair follicles being clogged with either oil, dead skin, and/or bacteria.
The only difference between whiteheads and blackheads is that the former are closed pores or follicles and the latter are open pores or follicles.
In a study of 113 acne patients with varying types of acne; papular, pustular, comedonic, and cystic types, using a sulfur and benzoyl peroxide combination treatment found that:
The great thing about sulfur-based acne treatments is that you have freedom of choice as it pertains to what form you want to use it in. It is available in washes, lotions, foams, creams, as well as OTC and prescription (Rx) masks.
In 2009, it was discovered that a sulfur-based foam was proven to be effective as an acne treatment either in isolation or in combination with other popular topical acne treatments.
Topical acne treatments containing sulfur have proven to be effective either by itself or alongside other proven acne treatments.
It’s especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin, as several of the available topically-applied acne treatments. Give it a shot and let us know what you think!
Fighting off acne can be difficult, that is why we created a formula that will suppress it with nutrients from ingredients such as sulfur.
Take your skincare into your own hands and get the best resolution to acne on the market!
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