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Updated on May 16, 2024

Overview

What they are

These products are both fungal acne (malassezia) safe facial treatments. They have a total of 0 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for fighting acne

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, silicones or sulfates

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De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment Acne Medication Maximum Strength
Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment
Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment
Facial Treatment
American Brand United States

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Ingredients Side-by-side

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Sulfur Ointment Acne Medication Maximum Strength
Sulfur Antiseborrhoeic, Skin Conditioning
3 / 0 Helps fight Acne Icon
Helps fight AcneHelps fight Acne Icon

Sulfur is a commonly occurring element on Earth (and our universe!). In cosmetics, it helps kill bacteria, reduces sebum, and provides exfoliation. This makes it an effective ingredient to reduce breakouts and fight acne.

3 Com. / 0 Irr.
Peg-6 Methyl Ether Solvent

We don't have a description for Peg-6 Methyl Ether.

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Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment
Adapalene
Retinoid IconHelps with Anti-Aging IconHelps fight Acne IconMay cause irritation IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
RetinoidRetinoid Icon 2 Benefits 2 Concerns

Adapalene is a type of retinoid and common acne treatment.

Carbomer Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming
1 / 0

Carbomer is a polymer of acrylic acid. Its main role is to create gel consistency within products.

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Disodium EDTA

Disodium EDTA plays a role in making products more stable by aiding other preservatives.

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Methylparaben Preservative
0 / 0 Preservative IconParaben IconNon-Reef-Safe IconMay worsen Eczema Icon
PreservativePreservative Icon ParabenParaben Icon 2 Concerns

Methylparaben is a preservative and is a paraben. It is used to prevent the growth of fungus, mold, and other harmful bacteria. Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in both cosmetics and food.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Poloxamer 182 Emulsifying

We don't have a description for Poloxamer 182.

Unknown Full details ->
Propylene Glycol Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
0 / 0 May worsen Eczema Icon
May worsen EczemaMay worsen Eczema Icon

Propylene Glycol is an odorless, colorless liquid. As a humectant, it helps skin retain moisture. It also aids in delivering active ingredients.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Sodium Hydroxide Buffering

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

Ingredient Ratings

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Sulfur Ointment Acne Medication Maximum Strength
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Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment
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Reviews

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De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment Acne Medication Maximum Strength 2 ingredients

4.7 /5
from 9 ratings
Doesn't Work (1) Drying (1) No Scent (1) Sticky (1) Strong Scent (1) Works Well (1)
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chloeyau

1 year ago · Combination Skin
Review

heavily improved skin texture and helps in smoothing out hormonal cystic acne

Clover's avatar

Clover

1 month ago · Dry Skin
Review

Sticky and stinky.
I didn’t notice any difference in my skin after trying this mask several times. Well, that’s not entirely true… my skin...

Sticky and stinky.
I didn’t notice any difference in my skin after trying this mask several times. Well, that’s not entirely true… my skin definitely smelled like sulfur after using this, but in regards to improvement of my acne— NOPE. When I first tried this, I was surprised that it actually doesn’t smell bad upon initial application, however once water is added to the mix when rinsing this product off then that smell just hits you. I even tried washing this off in the shower so as to get a good long rinse but even after that the smell still lingered. I will acknowledge that sulfur does have acne fighting properties, but I just find benzoyl peroxide to be so much more effective. The only people I would recommend this product to are the extremely sensitive; meaning your skin can’t handle benzoyl peroxide in any way, including wash off formulas such as cleansers or doing short contact therapy (leaving BPO on the skin for about 15 minutes, then washing it off). That’s the only instance I would recommend this product, otherwise I believe there to be better alternatives available.

Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment 8 ingredients

4.8 /5
from 16 ratings
Absorbs Well (4) Works Well (3) Light (3) Irritating (2) No Scent (2) Great Value (1)
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BrittBrine

7 months ago · Sensitive Skin
Review

This has probably been the product that has made the most difference in my skin. It's clearing up breakouts and acne that I've had for the longest...

This has probably been the product that has made the most difference in my skin. It's clearing up breakouts and acne that I've had for the longest time. My skin looks and feels so much better and I've only been using it for about 2-3 months now.

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jojoswrld_

5 months ago · Dry Skin
Review

Works! Doesn’t irritate my skin when used on a dry surface. I hate how my skin looks when it sends all the clogged sebum to the surface of my skin,...

Works! Doesn’t irritate my skin when used on a dry surface. I hate how my skin looks when it sends all the clogged sebum to the surface of my skin, but it clears over time and leaves the skin incredibly firm and smooth. It’s the only not cruelty-free product I use just because it’s benefitted me so greatly and, in my opinion, is indisputably the best prescription-grade retinoid especially for sensitive skin.