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What’s In Your Skincare? Sulfur



What is it?

Sulfur is an age-old remedy; since ancient times, people around the world have soaked in sulfur hot springs to cure skin conditions and issues. Today, it is widely used in anti-acne products because of its keratolytic properties, meaning that Sulfur helps promote quicker shedding and exfoliation of pore-clogging buildup. Sulfur is also comedolytic, in which it helps dry out and exfoliate problem areas. Known as a mild antiseptic that helps reduce oil gland activity, it works to dry problem skin to help treat and prevent breakouts (without overdrying).

What it does:

  • Promotes cell turnover by helping shed dead skin cells that clog pores and cause breakouts;
  • Helps dry and exfoliate away problem areas;
  • Prevents spread of acne-causing bacteria;
  • Inhibits pores from being blocked;
  • Helps reduce oiliness; and
  • Helps smooth uneven skin tone and texture.

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Why we love it:

It’s gentle but effective. Unlike aggressive Benzoyl Peroxide, Sulfur won’t over-dry the skin and leave it parched (and further irritated). Instead, it takes away excess shine and helps reduce oil production. Over time, it helps heal existing breakouts and prevents future ones so that you’re left with a brighter, clearer, healthier and noticeably smoother complexion.

What you should know:

At the end of the day, Sulfur is still a drying agent. Be sure to moisturize well after using any product containing Sulfur to soothe and rehydrate the skin.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

A 21-year-old blogger, sometimes freelance writer, and full-time business school student. Previously the fashion editorial intern for two boutique magazines and now here at Mario Badescu! I tend to be verbose, so I'll keep it as short and sweet as possible: I write and dance. A lot. Also pertinent: Aries, pescatarian, and lover of all things beautiful. I'll be honest when I admit that before MB, I simply washed my face twice daily and left it at that. But ask if I'm a skincare junkie now and I'll nod voraciously. I can never be without moisturizer, and the Vitamin C Serum makes my heart palpitate. And if by some miracle you haven't tired of me rambling about myself or the Vitamin C Serum and are curious for more, visit my Google+ page for more of my work.


  1. Hi, I notice in another thread someone brought up the issue about your products containing paraben and I was having the same concern. Is there a reason why mario badescu still includes paraben in many of your products???

  2. Hey there :-) how do you win the fan Friday?? I’ve tried before not sure if it ever went thru… I really want to find the perfect fit for my skin care!! I’ve tried MB products before but have a feeling I didn’t offer the right stuff… my skin is well let’s say complicated.. lol would really like some samples or better yet to win something.. :-P

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