Sulfur decongests pores
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Sulfur, a naturally occurring mineral found in hot springs, clay, and volcanic ash—and also as a trace mineral in the human body, is great at busting bacteria, which makes it ideal for acne-prone skin. It does double duty when it comes to pores. “Sulfur kills bacteria and draws out oil, which in turn reduces buildup in pores,” explains board certified dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. To purify your pores and make them look smaller, try sulfur-based Indie Clearing Mask on your T-zone weekly. Check out these beauty secrets of women with large pores.
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Like the more well-known salicylic acid, sulfur is a keratolytic, which means it causes mild shedding of the top layers of the skin. This helps clear away dead skin cells that can contribute to clogged pores, breakouts, uneven texture, and dullness. Apply a mask like Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Acne Treatment Masque, with 10 percent sulfur, to slough off dead skin cells, sop up oil, and banish breakouts. Exfoliation does wonders for the whole body—check out the incredible benefits of dry brushing your skin.