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Sulfur Soap Helps Clear Acne Blemishes

Using sulfur soap to wash the face can help to clear the blemishes of acne.
Sulfur Soap Helps Clear Acne Blemishes
Frustrated young woman squeezing acne in bathroom

Although advertisers like to push their products as “newer,” assuming that newer is better, sometimes old remedies work surprisingly well. One woman describes her success with a very old-fashioned approach to clearing the complexion.

Q. I am a 41-year-old woman who never experienced acne until the past few years. I tried several medications, soaps and creams, but I found nothing to be particularly effective.

Recently, a friend recommended sulfur soap. I find it on the Hispanic product aisle.

After using it for a few weeks, my face is starting to clear up. Is this product safe, and how could a bar of soap costing less than $3 be more effective than salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide?

A. Topical sulfur is an old-fashioned skin treatment that has antifungal and antibacterial activity (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Jul-Aug., 2004).  It does appear to be safe, though a few people may have a mild skin reaction.

Sulfur is found not only in bar soap, but also in some liquid face washing products and certain creams and lotions. It may make a helpful addition to an anti-acne regimen.

6/7/18 redirected to: https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/articles/how-can-you-treat-acne-without-antibiotics/

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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