Ingredient Spotlight: Sulfur

Sulfur may not sound like the sexiest of skincare ingredients, but stick with us — this all natural substance is pretty impressive.

If you have sensitive skin, you may have heard about sulfur as a gentle alternative for curbing oil and improving blemishes. Or perhaps you’re in tune with trending skincare ingredients.

Here, we break down the benefits of sulfur and how it helps your skin.

Sulfur Lotion anti-blemish by Dr. Pimple Popper's SLMD Skincare

What is sulfur?

Sulfur is a natural mineral that’s essential for living things. This (occasionally smelly) substance is commonly found in foods we eat regularly, like:

  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Beans

In terms of skincare, sulfur is a powerful ingredient staple with an array of benefits. And good news: typically lower concentrations in products like SLMD Skincare Sulfur Lotion are quite mild smelling.


Who should use sulfur?

Sulfur is safe for all skin types. Consider adding it to your routine if you’re:

  • Blemish-prone
  • Have oily skin
  • Want to improve the texture of your skin

Why is sulfur good for skin?

Sulfur is an antimicrobial agent — meaning it stops the growth of blemish-causing bacteria — but it's not too irritating or drying. 

Sulfur also controls oil production without significantly dehydrating or irritating surrounding skin. In terms of tone and texture, it works to exfoliate and shed dead skin cells revealing fresh even skin. 

Blemish Prone Skin System salicylic acid, retinol, sulfur, moisturiser by Dr. Pimple Popper's SLMD Skincare

What skincare products contain sulfur?

If you’re looking to try it out in a blemish-treatment lotion, look for SLMD Skincare Sulfur Lotion, also included in the Blemish-Prone Skin System. This lightweight lotion absorbs quickly to control breakout-causing bacteria and oil.


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