Ingredient Focus: Why Sulfur is What Your Acne-Prone Skin Needs

Don’t be fooled by the smell — sulfur is actually a great active ingredient for the skin. Prior to this ‘Ingredient Focus’ article, we talked about rice. Now, we will be spotlighting sulfur’s benefits and usage. Who knows, this might be your skin’s newest best friend!

FURTHER READING: Why Rice Should Be In Your Skincare

Sulfur is popular for its antimicrobial properties and is known to treat a manifold of skin problems (more on this later). Although it may sound like a strong ingredient, it’s actually gentler than you think. Read the wonders of this element below.

A Quick Overview

This natural element is not only abundant in rocks and plants, but it’s also present within us. Sulfur can be specifically found in our skin and hair, as well as in the amino acids in our bodies. It’s also an age-old component in various types of medicine.

Oftentimes, over-the-counter acne products use this as their key ingredient. They come in the form of sulfur soap, spot treatments, and masks. People who have encountered this sometimes shy away from it because of its smell. It has this distinct scent that takes time getting used to, but the wonders of technology have managed to solve this. Recent formulations have lessened that stench, making sulfur the ideal treatment for your skin troubles. Thank goodness for innovations!

The Benefits

This wonder ingredient aids in the removal of dead skin cells, absorbs excess oil, and dries out blemishes, helping heal and prevent whiteheads, blackheads, and other kinds of moderate acne. It kills bacteria and fungi, and is able to treat psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and dandruff too. Plus, sulfur is more gentle compared to salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. It’s no wonder why this antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory ingredient is a favorite among skincare enthusiasts and dermatologists alike.


If the smell disturbs you, it’s best to use sulfur-infused products at night time so it doesn’t interfere with your day’s activities. Layering with other exfoliating ingredients is not recommended as it can cause irritation and dryness. If you must layer with other exfoliating ingredients, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist.

I recommend using the By Wishtrend Sulfur 3% Clean Gel for the best pore unclogging experience. Blended with hydrating ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate and tocopherol, you get the treatment you need without compromising your skin’s hydration levels. It’s designed as a spot treatment for your acne (to help them disappear faster), although you can use this on your whole face if you find it’s been getting oilier than usual. 

(By the way, you can check how this product performs by reading my sister’s experience on it. She used this treatment on her maskne, and the results could not have been better! I highly encourage you to check out the article for the before-and-after photos.)

Final Thoughts

No wonder this ingredient has stood the test of time — it’s mild yet effectively clears away acne, psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema among others. Not to mention, it’s also widely available. It’s never an easy feat to overcome skin battles, but the ever-hardworking sulfur takes us a step closer to healthier looking skin.

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