Learn about the benefits of colloidal sulfur in skincare
When most people think of sulfur, the first thing that comes to mind is a pungent scent. While this element may have a distinctive smell, there are skin and health benefits that far outweigh any superficial properties. Sulfur is often used in cleanses, creams and masks because of its ability to clear and prevent acne.
Sulfur is an element that can be found throughout nature in rocks, minerals and volcanic sites as well as in our bodies. When it occurs in the human body, sulfur is essential to DNA repair. It contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is also a gentle but effective exfoliant. With so many beneficial characteristics, it’s no surprise that sulfur has been popular among skincare enthusiasts for decades.
What is colloidal sulfur?
Colloidal sulfur is a variety of sulfur that readily dissolves in water to form a colloidal solution. Colloids (also known as colloidal solutions or colloidal systems) are a mixture where one of the substances is split into very minute particles which are dispersed throughout a second substance.
What are the benefits of colloidal sulfur for face and skin care?
Sulfur works much like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid in that it can be used to absorb excess sebum to unclog pores. It’s slightly more mild in terms of side effects making it a great, gentle solution for fighting acne, blackheads and breakouts.
Sulfur also aids in the breakdown of dead skin cells which make it useful in minimizing scarring and dark spots when used in combination with skin brightening ingredients. Try combining a face mask that includes colloidal sulfur, like AVYA’s Daily Detox Mask, with a serum containing Vitamin C to prevent and fade marks left behind after breakouts.