Monday, June 9, 2008

Relieving Acne Naturally- Sulfur Based Soaps & Creams

There are many of us out there who have experienced occasional blemishes and breakouts that can be troublesome and challenging. There are those also who experience routine acne and even severe acne that is frustrating and embarrassing.

Many doctors prescribe a variety of drying pills and medications like the pill and facial creams but often the results are unsatisfying.

One of the best and oldest naturally occurring remedy for acne is Sulfur (Sulphur). It has been used in acne treatments since the days of Ancient Rome when people used to bathe in hot, sulfurous mineral water. As a chemical element, sulfur is odorless, but when combined with other elements it can have a strong, unpleasant smell. With the emergence of benzoyl peroxide in the 1920s, the focus turned to new chemicals, and sulfur was somewhat eclipsed by several other substances in the campaign against acne. Although slightly less popular, many acne products used today still include sulfur. So why is Sulfur so amazing for acne?

Sulfur is a keratolytic agent, which means that it encourages shedding of dead skin cells which could block pores if retained. It also has comedolytic effects, helping to heal pre-existing comedones and preventing formation of new ones. Even more popular is the combination of sulfur with sodium sulfacetamide, a sulfonamide that has antibacterial properties. Sulfonamides are thought to prevent bacterial growth through limiting key acids needed for their reproduction. Together, sulfur and sodium sulfacetamide are extremely effective in reducing inflammatory lesions and in preventing acne development.

Sulfur is also used in some over the counter acne medications. Sulfur is one of the oldest acne treatments, and reacts with the skin in such a way that it makes it dry, and peel. This works on acne by drying out the Sebum, and therefore, stopping the bacterial growth.

Many soaps and facial cleansers have sulfur in them. Sulfur is effective in getting rid of whiteheads and blackheads. It doesn’t work well against the more inflamed cystic acne. One of the drawbacks is that it can increase skin cell adhesion to the skin, and therefore help cause more pimples in the future. It is best to use a gentle exfoliator when using sulfur to treat acne.

I am a huge fan of the Enzymatic Therapy DermaKlear Akne Treatment soap with sulfur. It helps dry the acne blemishes while supply the skin with nutrients to treat and heal the skin to prevent scaring.


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