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Sulfur—the natural element responsible for that rotten egg smell—has a secret life as a breakout-fighting ingredient. Dermatologists may prescribe a sulfur wash, or look for it in spot treatments like Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment. “Sulfur is antibacterial while being less drying than benzoyl peroxide,” says Dr. Akhavan. Opt for a product with a 10 percent sulfur concentration if you have combination to oily skin. Sulfur also has healing properties, so it may help treat leftover scars and hyper-pigmentation even as it targets current breakouts.
Witch hazel doubles as an astringent and a disinfectant, so it works to deeply cleanse skin and calm any irritations—all while healing damage from past breakout. “It’s 100 percent natural and works on sensitive to normal skin,” says dermatologist Marina I. Peredo, MD. She swears by Dickinson’s Original Pore Perfecting Toner, formulated to clear blemishes and refine pores. Throw it in your purse or gym bag; since it’s a natural ingredient, it can be applied throughout the day as a quick refresh whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up (or when you just want to make sure you’re tackling that breakout.)
Since witch hazel is a natural blemish-fighter, it works especially well for pregnant women who want to clean up their skin care routine.