When you are a teenager, dealing with acne is just part of life. It is inconvenient and can make us embarrassed but we can take comfort in knowing that everyone else at school is dealing with the same thing. Grownups are not supposed to get acne.
Topical sulphur (sulfur) is effective for many people in treating mild to moderate acne. In the world of acne treatments, to treat spot acne or individual pimples, you will generally find two options of what’s considered to be the best acne products for spot treatment. The first of these will involve using benzoyl peroxide to get rid of acne. The second will use sulfur to clear acne breakouts. But which of these is better? Murad’s Acne Spot Treatment is sulfur-based, and the scientific skin care experts at Murad believe that, of the two, sulfur is the preferred option for treating acne on the spot. Why is that? Let’s briefly look at the history and use of sulfur as an acne treatment.
How it Works
When applied topically, sulfur causes the skin to dry and peel. Despite how this sounds, it is actually a good thing for your skin if you have acne. Sulfur helps reduce skin oiliness, and prevents pore blockages from forming. Sulfur is found in a wide array of skin care products, including soaps and cleansers, lotions, masks, and spot-treatments.
Use Sulfur For Acne Treatment?
All sulfur products are not created equal and because sulfur medications come in various packages, it is safe practice to follow the instructions that comes with the product.
Generally, sulfur preparations are used once to thrice a day. Carefully read the directions for topical applications like lotions and masks. Some of them can be safely left on your face for long hours, while others need to be washed off after a few minutes. Instructions vary with every product so always follow each direction to prevent damaging your skin.
Some More Tips on Using Sulfur
- If you develop dry, red or itchy skin, discontinue using the product until the irritation has healed.
- If your skin is chapped, sunburned, or already irritated, wait until it has healed before using sulfur products.
- Avoid soaps or scrubs that tend to dry up your skin. They will make the sulfur medication sting once it is applied.
- If you are using Accutane or other prescription acne medication, consult your doctor before starting any sulfur product. Combining sulfur to your ongoing acne treatment can lead to irritating side effects.
- Be careful when using sulfur in tandem with over-the-counter products. They might overdry your skin.
- There are no reports on sulfur’s effect on developing fetus. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing an infant.
Drying, peeling, redness, burning, and skin irritation are the most common side effects. They tend to be worse when you first begin treatment. You may want to start slowly, and build up to the recommended dose.
Topical sulfur rarely causes serious problems. If your skin is uncomfortably dry and irritated, scale back on your usage for a period of time.
Some products containing sulfur can cause skin discoloration. And some products still have that unique sulfur odor. If you find find the smell particularly noxious, try another brand. The scent can vary from product to product.