My oily, acne-prone skin loves sulfur. I used to use the ProActiv Refining Mask, which has 6% sulfur, and I really enjoyed it as a spot-treatment and a bi-weekly mask treatment. This particular mask from Peter Thomas Roth contains 10% sulfur. The ProActiv mask is a little harder to find and I found this one to be more readily available. It is a pricey mask, but I managed to find the full 5 oz. tub on Amazon with a discount (free Prime shipping as well), so it may help to shop around.
INGREDIENTS: Precipitated Sulfur U.S.P. 10%, water, bentonite, kaolin, propylene glycol, talc, glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf, zinc oxide, polysorbate-20, titanium dioxide, carbomer, fragrance, sodium hydroxide, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben
The consistency is a little bit thinner and more moist than ProActiv’s mask (perhaps due to the aloe), so it’s easier for me to spread. It has a little bit of a grayish color, and it smells mostly of clay and sulfur. I started using this mask after getting a sudden bout of stress/hormone -related acne along my jawline, nose, mouth and chin. Using this at least two or three times a week over the course of a few weeks has helped my skin calm down. I find that it’s even a bit less drying than the Proactiv mask.
The sulfur smell does linger, even after rinsing. I have only been using this at night. If you decide to use this in the morning, you may want to shower afterwards to get rid of any traces of odor. It can be a little bit difficult to rinse off completely, especially if applied in a thick layer, so keep a wet washcloth handy.
Those with normal to dry complexions may find this a little bit too drying if used more than once per week. Even though I’m oily, I still have to apply moisturizer after using this.
This works pretty well as a spot treatment too. Big, angry pimples won’t completely vanish overnight with this, but over the course of a few days, the redness and swelling have noticeably reduced. My skin looks very clean, soft and matte afterwards. I haven’t noticed any irritation from repeated use.
I recommend this mask more for those with oily, acne-prone skin like me. It is expensive, but if I can manage to keep finding it at a cheaper price, I would repurchase this. A little bit of product goes a long way and the generous 5 oz. tub should last me at least a couple of months. I found it to be effective in calming my sudden breakouts and absorbing excess oil.
Have you tried either of PTR’s sulfur masks? What did you think?