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Acne Free Therapeutic Sulfur Mask

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Updated June 30, 2012

Acne Free Therapeutic Sulfur Mask:

This is an over-the-counter acne treatment mask that contains sulfur. It's unique because as you massage it over a damp face, the white mask turns blue, letting you know that you've rubbed it into your skin thoroughly.

You can use this mask two to three times a week. If you only have occasional pimples and blackheads, this alone will probably be a great fit for you. For mild acne to moderate acne, you can use it along with other OTC acne treatments.

If you're using prescription medications, ask your dermatologist before adding this one to your treatment regimen.

Active Ingredient:

Sulfur 3.5%

Inactive Ingredients:

Acacia Senegal Gum, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Cellulose, Copper Gluconate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Magnesium Aspartate, Magnesium Stearate, Mannitol, Menthyl Lactate, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines (CI 77007), Water/Aqua/Eau, Zinc Gluconate, Zinc PCA.

Price:

About $8 for a 1.7 oz. tube

Where You Can Buy:

This brand is easy to find. I got mine at my local grocery store. They also carry it at drugstores, big box stores like Target and Walmart, and online (compare prices).

Pros:

  • This mask is inexpensive and easy to find.
  • The color-change makes it easy for you to know you've applied it well.
  • Great fit for oily skin, because it leaves the skin feeling clean and matte.
  • It rinses off easily.

Cons:

  • It doesn't smell very good.
  • The mask gets very tight, uncomfortably so for some people.
  • It's very drying, so if your skin is already dry (or sensitive) it may be too much for you.

Acne Free Therapeutic Sulfur Mask Guide Review:

My love for sulfur masks goes back many years, when I was still working at a skin spa. I had a client who, like many adult women, always got those inflammatory breakouts right before her period. After working with her for several weeks, I asked another esthetician who had worked under a dermatologist for years treating acne, what she recommended I use for this client. Sulfur, she told me.

I tried it and loved the results I got with this particular client. And I loved the results I got when I used it on myself.

I'm a sucker for sulfur, even though the smell leaves something to be desired. So I was happy to pick the Acne Free Therapeutic Sulfur Mask up when I just happened to see it as I was grocery shopping. It was cheap, just about $8.00 for the tube. Don't let the tiny size of the bottle fool you, a little bit does go a long way. That small tube lasts a surprisingly long time.

The most unique feature of this mask is that it changes color as you apply it. Normally, I don't buy into these gimmicks but I actually think this one is a good idea.

You start off with a white (OK, kind of an ashy grey) cream that contains little blue beads. The beads aren't gritty at all, so it's not like a scrub. Instead, the blue beads burst or dissolve as you massage into the skin, turning the white mask light blue. The teens that also tested this mask for me especially liked the change of color because, as one put it, "I know that I'm rubbing the mask in all the way." It's just a good visual way to make sure you're applying it completely and thoroughly.

Make sure your skin is really damp before trying to apply it, though, because it can get very stiff if you don't. So stiff that it doesn't spread well. I learned this one the hard way, but a bit more water and it was fine.

The package says the mask gives your skin minty, cooling sensation, but what you actually feel seems to vary from person to person. I barely felt a hint of coolness when I first applied the mask, but it disappeared within a few seconds. One of my testers said they felt the tingle throughout until the mask dried; the other didn't feel that "refreshing tingle" at all.

That wasn't a big turnoff to me, though. The biggest issue I had was how uncomfortably tight the mask got. I couldn't leave it on for the recommended 10 minutes. Again, this seems to be a personal thing, because some of my testers agreed with me while others thought the tight feeling felt cleansing and great.

Once I rinsed it off, though, I did like how clean, soft and smooth my skin felt. For me, it was the tiniest bit drying, so I could see how it could totally dry out less oily skin types. If your skin is already dry and sensitive from using other acne medications, I'd skip this mask as well. But if your skin is typically swimming in oil, you'll likely love the results.

In general, I liked this mask and like the way it worked. For just a few bucks, it's a nice one to help reduce blackheads and mild breakouts or to incorporate into your acne treatment routine.

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