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Updated on April 01, 2024

Overview

What they are

These products are both fungal acne (malassezia) safe and reef 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, oils or parabens

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De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment Acne Medication Maximum Strength
Stridex Max Strength Acne Pads
Stridex Max Strength Acne Pads
Facial Treatment
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Ingredient Info

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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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Max Strength Acne Pads
Salicylic Acid Masking, Preservative, Skin Conditioning
BHA IconPreservative IconGood for Oily Skin IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps fight Acne IconHelps brighten skin IconCan worsen Dry Skin IconMay cause irritation IconMay worsen Eczema IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
BHABHA Icon PreservativePreservative Icon 5 Benefits 4 Concerns

Salicylic Acid (also known as beta hydroxy acid or BHA) is one of the most well-known ingredients for treating skin that struggles with blackheads and acne. It helps to exfoliate both the skin's surface and pores, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate Cleansing, Foaming
0 / 0 Sulfate IconCan worsen Dry Skin IconMay cause irritation Icon
SulfateSulfate Icon 2 Concerns

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate is a type of sulfate. It can be bad for dry skin and cause irritation.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Ammonium Xylenesulfonate

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Citric Acid Buffering, Masking
AHA IconGood for Skin Texture IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps brighten skin IconMay cause irritation IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
AHAAHA Icon 4 Benefits 2 Concerns

Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!).

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DMDM Hydantoin Preservative
Preservative IconMay cause irritation IconMay worsen Eczema Icon
PreservativePreservative Icon 2 Concerns

DMDM Hydantoin has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It is a preservative that works by slowly releasing formaldehyde over time.

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Parfum Masking, Perfuming
Fragrance IconMay worsen Eczema IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
FragranceFragrance Icon 2 Concerns

Parfum is a catch-all term for an ingredient or more that is used to give aroma to products. Parfum, or fragrance, can be a blend of hundreds of chemicals or plant oils. This means every product with "fragrance" or "Parfum" in the ingredients list is a different mixture.

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Menthol Masking, Refreshing
May cause irritation IconEU Allergen IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
3 Concerns

Menthol is a compound found in mint plants, such as peppermint. In its pure form, it is a clear crystalline substance.

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Ppg-5-Ceteth-20 Emulsifying

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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.

Simethicone Emollient, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0 Silicon Icon
SiliconSilicon Icon

Simethicone is a silicone. It is an emollient and used to reduce foaming in a product. It is also often used to coat sunscreen ingredients for better spreadability.

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Sodium Borate Buffering

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Tetrasodium EDTA

Tetrasodium EDTA is the salt formed from neutralizing ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid with sodium hydroxide. It is a chelating agent and used to prevent metal ions from binding to other ingredients. This helps keep the product and ingredients stable.

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Ingredient Ratings

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Sulfur Ointment Acne Medication Maximum Strength
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Max Strength Acne Pads
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When to use

190 Routines
19% use in am
81% use in pm
56% use every day
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124 Routines
37% use in am
63% use in pm
70% use every day
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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

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)
chloeyau's avatar

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.

Stridex Max Strength Acne Pads 12 ingredients

4.5 /5
from 2 ratings
Great Value (1) No Scent (1) Works Well (1)
DamDamfino's avatar

DamDamfino

4 months ago · Combination Skin
Review

I've never had an issue with this product being too harsh.
It's not even that drying (you can sometimes feel like a "film" dry down on your skin...

I've never had an issue with this product being too harsh.
It's not even that drying (you can sometimes feel like a "film" dry down on your skin if you put on too much, but it's not the skin that's drying out.)

I don't understand the hype of PC 2% BHA when stridex is not only
- much cheaper
- much easier to find and get your hands on (it's at every dollar store!)
- comes already on pads for each use

People say it's harsh and drying, but there's no menthol (in the red box version), and there's no alcohol.
And I never feel tingly or burning. Maybe I've just grown a tolerance for it?

Anywho, I use this everyday - and I don't only use it on my face, either.