Sulfur Mask – for acne and oily skin

Hello there! 😀

The recipe of today is for all of you people struggling with an acneic skin or very oily skin, it is, in fact, a recipe for a mask that will really help you control the oiliness and will help dry up the pimples much faster! 🙂

Sulfur Mask DIY

I loved the idea of combining zinc oxide (which has great soothing properties – but leaves the face quite “white” and therefore it is great in a mask that can be washed off) and sulfur (you already know that it is good against acne and oily skin! 😀 ). It could be a good idea to add some salicylic acid (0.5% should be enough) but since I was going to use this mask in spring/summer I preferred not to add any (acids are never a good combination with possible sun exposure).

Enough now, let’s go straight to the recipe! 😀

[Are you new to my blog? Don’t be discouraged by all these weird ingredients and this recipe that looks “impossible to make at home”… it is VERY POSSIBLE INDEED! 😀 Just read my other posts and everything will be clear and simple to your eyes as well! You can check all HERE
You already know the theory but you have no idea where you can find these ingredients? There are TONS of websites that sell high quality cosmetic ingredients online. I made a post with a list of those which I happened to use or that were suggested to me by readers of this blog. If you want to check it, you can find that list HERE.
You are welcome 😉 ]

Phase A: 
Water to 100 (you calculate it in the end, in order to make the whole recipe reach 100 grams)
Glycerin 2.5
Xanthan gum 0.5 (this is the gelling agent. I used the non-transparent one but you can use what you like)

Phase B: 
Methil Glucose Sesquistearate 3 (this is the emulsifier – you can use what you have if you don’t have this specific emulsifier: however, this is a good emulsifier 😀 I suggest you try it sometime! Very easy to use!)
Cetyl Alcohol 1.5 (this is the thickening agent and co-emulsifier – I used this much because I wanted the mask to be very thick: personal choice! If you want you can use only 1 gram)
Zinc Oxide 10 (I used this much because I don’t mind if the mask makes my face look a bit white for 10 minutes 😀 )
Sulfur (flowers, grinded, or powder) 1
Kokum Butter 2 
Shea Butter 1 
Grapeseed oil 3 (you can change the oils and butters of this recipe if you don’t have them. However you might want to read THIS post)
Tocopherol 1 (this is Vitamin E)

Phase C: 
Preservative (the one you are using. Add it, obviously, at its specific concentration – for example mine needs to be added at 0.6%)
Safflower oil 3 
Bisabolol 0.5 (this is a substance anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties)
D-Panthenol 1 (also known as Vitamin B-5)

This is it! 🙂
Now to the usual HOW TO:

1) We add the Xanthan Gum to the Glycerin and mix. It will become very thick because we are using a lot of Xanthan gum in this recipe: don’t be scared.
Sulphur Cream 1
2) We add water little by little (I obviously changed becher), until we get an uniform, nice gel:
Sulphur Cream 2
3) Now it is time to measure all the ingredients of our Phase B:
the yellow thing you see is the Sulfur powder, the white on the right is the Zinc Oxide, the brown is the Tocopherol (all the other ingredients are in the bottom of the glass).
Sulphur Cream 3
4) Now we heat up both Phases up to 70°C
(notice the consistency and the color of the Phase B: it is almost totally white because of the amount of Zinc Oxide)
Sulphur Cream 5
5) When they both reach 70°C, it is time to pour the Phase B into the Phase A and mix with an immersion mixer. (I don’t have a picture of this but I have many pictures in the other recipes I have posted)
6) Keep mixing with a spatula until the temperature goes down to room temperature.
7) Measure the Phase C (in the picture) and add it to the cream; mix very well with the spatula.
Sulphur Cream 4

That’s it! 🙂
As easy as that! 😀

Now a couple of notes about this mask:
it DOES WORK. I have a medium-oily skin and this cream definitely helped me stop the oiliness.
I wouldn’t suggest you making this cream if you have acne but also dry skin (it would just dry your skin even more!).

If you make this mask I would suggest that you initially apply it once a week for only 5 minutes; then, if you like the results, you can try keeping it for up to 10 minutes but I wouldn’t go over this application time.

as you might have noticed I haven’t added any fragrance to this cream, and this is simply because Sulfur has already a very “special” HELL-SMELL! 😀
I am in no way a perfume expert so I had no idea how to try and hide the smell with a fragrance and that’s why I just opted for leaving this mask fragrance free: after all this is a recipe for a mask: it doesn’t have to be kept on the face for too long!
However, let me say it: you will still smell it even after you have washed it off very carefully 😀 YOU ARE WARNED!!!

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To learn how to formulate cosmetics click HERE
For a list of online cosmetic ingredients suppliers click HERE 

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13 thoughts on “Sulfur Mask – for acne and oily skin”

  1. My father in law (born 1872) used to make up a similar ointment using simply flowers of sulphur and lard! It had a great local reputation.

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  2. Hi.
    Could I make this mask, but use kaolin, bentonite clay or any natural powder (oatmeal, activated charcoal, greentea, turmeric, garlic…..) instead of zinc oxide?
    Since i dont want any oil or butter in my mask. I have combination skin and acne and the humid weather here. So last night i tried to make my own recipe.
    It only has
    phase A: water, glycerin, xanthan gum, carbomer 940.
    Phase B: kaolin clay, bentointe clay, magiesium stearate
    Phase C: herbs extract, allantoin, hydrolized milk protein, germall plus.
    At last i pour a few drops of acid citric solution to adjust the pH, u know. Is it ok?
    Do i have to heat it? And i realised one thing that it very difficlut to disperse clay in the water phase. Meh. I dont know if I should use it. 😂 do u have any suggest for me? Any answer will be greatly appreciated. ^^
    Or Water sleeping mask? I love making facial mask and I will be verry appreciate if you write something about making it. Water sleeping mask 😋


    1. It is extremely difficult to preserve anything containing water and clay!

      The mask I formulated worked very well and I actually stopped using it cause it dried my skin a little too much (because of the sulfur).

      If you wish to use clay and water, then the best thing you can do is to make your mask in very small quantity so you can finish it in just one application (no need to preserve it since you use it right after you make it).
      Hope this helped 😉


  3. what is the basic formula of making face mask
    how would i formulate an anti aging face mask for oily acne prone skin
    how would i formulate a face mask for different skin types


    1. Face masks are nothing different to face creams. It might be a little different only if it is a clay mask, but in this case the best thing is to make it and use it up because clay is extremely difficult to preserve once it touches water.
      For a face mask you simply formulate a good cream and use it as a face mask. I am not joking: there is nothing different in the formulation and manufacturing process.


  4. ok
    that helps
    but can you also give some guide lines
    for making a mask for anti aging for oily skin


    1. Just make a cream with low fat % and add some active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and other anti ageing ingredients 🙂
      You can use it as day or night cream and you can also make a mask with it.
      If you really just want to make a mask, you could increase the thickeners as commercial face masks tend to be very thick (but it is just a textural change, it doesn’t make a difference in terms of performance).


  5. Does it mean that if i have a dry skin, i will need to remove sulphur from the reciepe and use it? Since you said the 1% sulphur is only better for oily and acne prone skins


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