The Magical Power of Sulfur
What Is Sulfur
Sulfur (S) is a mineral found abundantly in nature, the foods we eat, and the human body. Although avoided by some for its pungent smell, sulfur can be skin's best friend by helping heal a variety of conditions.
Naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, sulfur is one of nature's most important minerals and one of man's oldest beauty remedies. Ancient Romans soaked in sulfuric waters to relieve pain and to prevent the signs of aging.
Sulfur’s Super Powers
Known as the “beauty mineral”, sulfur even helps reverse the signs of aging by helping to produce collagen.
Sulfur fights against fungi, inhibits the growth of acne and serves as a keratolytic agent (an ingredient that breaks down the outer layer of the skin in order to allow for better penetration of serums or moisturizers, other examples, glycolic, lactic, salicylic acids).
Generally speaking, sulfur plays a key role in maintaining connective tissue, skin, bones, teeth, hair and muscles. You can take this mineral both orally and topically, though it is most often found in topical formulations for the skin.
As a general health remedy, sulfur stimulates the body's healing properties to improve a range of symptoms, increase circulation and quell inflammation.
Benefits of Sulfur For The Skin
On the skin, sulfur heals and soothes many skin conditions while serving as a potent acne fighter.
Recognized as one of several approved over-the-counter (OTC) acne drug treatments by the FDA, sulfur helps clear skin of acne by fighting Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria, and improving dead skin cell turnover.
If left unchecked, an accumulation of dead skin cells can block the hair follicle and lead to the formation of P. acnes bacteria.
Another common usage for sulfur is to alleviate symptoms associated with psoriasis, eczema and folliculitis. Many doctors prescribe sulfur baths for these conditions.
How to Use Sulfur
Topically, sulfur should be used in moderation to avoid dryness or other side effects, including swelling and irritation. The following are 3 ways to use our Sulfur Clarifying Creme:
- After cleansing and toning, apply to areas of concern. (Night time)
- Apply all over as a mask and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse. Follow with serum or moisturizer
- Mix with our honey mask and apply all over. Leave on for 20 minutes or more before rinsing.