Whenever I had a pimple, I always turned to salicylic acid. I had honestly never thought I’d cheat on it.
Then, ZO Skin Health Oeffects Sulfur Masque came into my life, and made me fall in love. Now, at the first sign of a pimple, I reach for it.
Don’t get me wrong. I still love salicylic acid, but, it takes its sweet time to work. Sulfur, the key ingredient in the ZO Skin Health Masque (which I only use as spot treatment), gets the job done faster.
But, when something works that well, it usually means there’s a catch. And, sulfur is said to be pretty harsh for the skin. So, I just had to investigate.
What’s sulfur? Why does it work so well? And, is it really that bad for the skin? Here’s what I uncovered:
Sulfur is a natural mineral that plays an essential role in the health of connective tissues, skin, muscles, bones, teeth, and hair. It helps our cells make an efficient use of oxygen, gives strength to our hair, and is even part of our DNA.
Sulfur is naturally found in nature, especially in areas of high volcanic activity, and many foods, including beans, meats, onions, eggs, fish, and garlic.
You know when sulfur’s around. It smells like rotten eggs. Eww!
What does sulfur do for the skin?
Lots of things:
- It has antibacterial properties, so it kills the bacteria that cause acne
- It helps prevents acne-causing bacteria from spreading
- It helps exfoliate dead skin cells, accelerating cellular turnover and preventing breakouts
- It helps dry out blemishes
- It helps reduce oiliness, which helps keep breakouts at bay, too
So, Is It Bad for the skin?
Well, there is a problem.
Sulfur has a high ph, which could disrupt the skin’s protective barrier. When this happens, moisture evaporates, drying out skin, while bacteria and other impurities can get inside the body, causing irritations and infections.
This is why I use ZO Skin Health Oeffects Sulfur Masque only as a spot treatment. The brand says you can use it as a mask, but I don’t really feel like slathering sulfur all over my face. Besides, there is absolutely no need to do it unless you have breakouts.
Sulfur is for pimples only. So, if you don’t have them, don’t use it.Sulfur is a powerful anti-acne weapon, but it can also dry out skin. Use it carefully! Click To Tweet
What Are The Best Products With Sulfur?
Dr Dennis Gross Correct & Perfect Spot Treatment ($28.00)
This is the most drying of the lot, as it also contains bentonite and kaolin clays to further absorb excess oil. Luckily, it also contain soothing agents, like bisabobol, to lower the risk of irritation. But, I’d use it as a last resort. Avaialable at Skincarerx.
Murad Acne Spot Treatment ($18.00)
In addition to sulfur, it contains glycolic acid to exfoliate and hydrate skin, and soothing agents like oats to prevent irritations. This is the spot treatment I want to try next, once I run out of the ZO Skin Health mask. Available at Sephora.
ZO Skin Health Oeffects Sulfur Masque ($45.00)
You knew this was coming, I’ve been raving about it till now. But, it really is the fastest way I’ve found so far to get those pesky pimples off my face. Just use it as a spot treatment only, not as a face mask! Available at Obagiskin.
The Bottom Line
Sulfur is a powerful weapon in the fight against acne and pimples. It does the job well and quickly. But, like all powerful weapons, it should be used with care, and ONLY on pimples. Don’t go and put this stuff all over your face, or it may do you more harm than good.
Have you ever used sulfur to get rid of pimples? If so, did it work for you?