Just when you thought you left acne behind in your teen years, you have a baby on the way and your face is covered in pimples. And to make matters worse, you have to be careful how you treat them, because some acne medications can harm your baby. However, one of the oldest remedies for acne, sulfur, is one that you can safely use.
Sulfur and Acne
The ancient Romans soaked in sulfur springs to rid themselves of acne. In the United States, sulfur became popular as a source of acne relief in the 1950s. Sulfur has a drying effect on the skin. It allows dead skin cells to fall off, taking with them excess oil and dirt while at the same time leaving pores clean and bacteria free.
Treating with Sulfur
To treat acne, sulfur is administered topically, either through a cream, lotion or gel, or in a cleanser such as soap. These medications are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use by pregnant women. Additionally, sulfur can be purchased in powder form and made into a cleansing mask to treat acne. To do this, mix with water to form paste. Then spread on the skin and let sit for up to 30 minutes. If you wish, you can add egg white or honey. Egg white is known to tighten pores, while honey is known for its antiseptic properties. Using a mask of this type twice weekly will give you the maximum benefit for your skin.
Sulfur and Infants
Although the exact effects of sulfur on a developing infant are not known, sulfur is generally thought to not be harmful, since it is used topically and does not absorb into the body. However, pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult a physician before they use sulfur products to cure acne.