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Updated on November 03, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both reef safe facial treatments. They have a total of 1 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for fighting acne

Free From

They both do not contain any oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

We independently verify ingredients, and our claims are backed by peer-reviewed research. Spot a product that needs an update? Let us know.

Face Reality Skincare Sulfur Spot Treatment
Face Reality Skincare Sulfur Spot Treatment
Facial Treatment
American Brand United States
De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment Acne Medication Maximum Strength

Ingredient Info

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Benefits

Concerns

Benefits

Ingredients Side-by-side

found in both products
Sulfur Spot Treatment
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.
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.

Butylene Glycol Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
Acacia Senegal Gum Masking

We don't have a description for Acacia Senegal Gum.

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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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Phenoxyethanol Preservative
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PreservativePreservative Icon

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

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Bisabolol Masking, Skin Conditioning, Soothing
Helps reduce irritation Icon
Helps reduce irritationHelps reduce irritation Icon

Bisabolol is pimarily used to add fragrance to a product. However, it is also famous for helping soothe skin.

Allantoin Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Soothing
0 / 0 Helps reduce Skin Redness IconHelps reduce irritation IconGood for Scar Healing Icon
3 Benefits

Allantoin plays a role in soothing and moisturizing the skin. Because of this, it is often added to products with strong active ingredients.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Benzyl Alcohol Perfuming, Preservative, Solvent
Alcohol IconFragrance IconPreservative IconCan worsen Dry Skin IconMay worsen Oily Skin IconMay cause irritation IconEU Allergen IconMay worsen Eczema IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
AlcoholAlcohol Icon FragranceFragrance Icon PreservativePreservative Icon 6 Concerns

Benzyl Alcohol is most commonly used as a preservative. It also has a subtle, sweet smell. Small amounts of Benzyl Alcohol is not irritating and safe to use in skincare products. Most Benzyl Alcohol is derived from fruits such as apricots.

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Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Caprylhydroxamic Acid

Caprylhydroxamic Acid is a chelating agent.

Dextran

We don't have a description for Dextran.

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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.

Ethylhexylglycerin Skin Conditioning

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8 Skin Conditioning
Peptide IconNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon
PeptidePeptide Icon Not safe for Fungal AcneNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8 isn't fungal acne safe and is a peptide.

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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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

Antiseborrhoeic, Skin Conditioning
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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.

As a ketayolytic agent, it breaks down the top layer of skin. This is a form of exfoliation and may help decrease acne and hyperpigmentation.

Studies show sulfur has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Sulfur can be drying if used excessively. We recommend speaking with a professional if you have any concerns.

Ancient Greece, India, China, and Egypt have used sulfur in both traditional medicines and for household use.

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Ingredient Ratings

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

Sulfur Spot Treatment
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1
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mixed
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Sulfur Ointment Acne Medication Maximum Strength
1
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When to use

12 Routines
33% use in am
67% use in pm
67% use every day
190 Routines
19% use in am
81% use in pm
56% use every day
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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

Face Reality Skincare Sulfur Spot Treatment 15 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 1 rating

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

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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.