When it comes to dealing with acne, some of the most common ingredients prescribed and used are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. But you’d be surprised to know that sulphur (yes, that foul-smelling chemical from science class) can also be used to address your acne woes. Surprised?
Sulphur has antibacterial properties, which means it can not only fight acne-causing bacteria but also prevent the growth of new bacteria if used regularly. Scroll down to learn all about how this miracle ingredient can help you deal with your acne woes.
Whiteheads and blackheads
While some people may not consider whiteheads and blackheads as acne, they are indeed the mildest form of acne. It occurs when oil and dead skin cells get trapped in the hair follicle. If the top of this pore is open, it is a blackhead and if the top is closed, it’s a whitehead.
Sulphur can be easily obtained as an OTC acne treatment to get rid of whiteheads and blackhead. It works because sulphur targets two main elements – dead skin cells and sebum. It is also considered to be gentler than salicylic acid, which makes it suitable for sensitive skin type.
Papules and pustules
Papules and pustules are moderate forms of acne that are usually filled with pus or have a yellow head. Both occur when the pore wall breaks down and gets exposed to more dirt and bacteria. With time these pores get inflamed and become painful.
Sulphur may not work for moderate acne as it is not as strong as other acne-treating ingredients like benzoyl peroxide. However, those with sensitive skin may want to consider this as an option.
Those with a history of acne and breakouts may have some or the other form of scars on the face that are difficult to get rid of. Some stubborn scars take months to fade making your skin look dull and lifeless. Enter: sulfur. This ingredient has the ability to get rid of dead skin cells and boost new skin cells' growth. Using a sulfur-based topical treatment can give you clear and flawless skin.